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Welcome to the PwC pensions blog

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We asked a lot of our clients about how they would like to hear from us. The recurring themes were that while you appreciate and value our flagship publications and events some of you also wanted (especially in an age of mobile devices) more bite-size pieces as we develop our thinking. So we decided to create this blog.

Find out more about what you can expect from me and my team on this blog, including how you can get involved with the debate.

Pensions Focus newsletters

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The detailed analysis and insight you need

Our regular Pensions Focus newsletter rounds up the latest issues and trends in pensions and features insights from our network of pension specialists on everything from risk, regulation and cash control. You can sign up by emailing UKHRServices@uk.pwc.com or click the button below to read previous editions of the newsletter.

Turning data into decisions

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Turning data into decisions: Using Skyval to demystify your pension scheme

Skyval is an interactive web-based pensions analytics platform that will transform the way defined benefit pension schemes are managed. Skyval gives up-to-date analysis, presented clearly and at the fingertips of anyone who needs to know. This enables the right decisions to be made at the right time with the right information.

PwC iPhone and Android apps

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The PwC app now available both iOS and Android devices

Our popular mobile app is now available for both Apple and Android devices. Separate versions have been developed specifically configured for the iPhone/iTouch, iPad and Android. The app allows you constant access to our latest thinking on the topics that matter to businesses and the people who run them.

Worldwide Corporate Tax Summaries

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The world's taxes at your fingertips

Worldwide Tax Summaries (WWTS) is a key reference tool for all tax practitioners. It draws on the breadth and depth of expertise offered by PwC, and gives you quick access to information about the corporate and individual tax systems in over 150 countries worldwide, in an easily digestible format.

Tax Training Workshops

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Our latest schedule of tax events now available

Our latest London schedule of training workshops and courses, designed to guide busy tax and finance professionals through the ever-increasing volume of tax legislation and associated provisions, have been published. Register online today.

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20 March 2014

Budget 2014: Does increased flexibility in pensions and savings bring increased responsibility for consumers?

By Tim Sexton I think that it might. The Government's proposals on more flexibility about taking defined contribution (DC) funds at retirement would provide more freedom for people but also...

19 March 2014

Those who can’t remember the past are condemned to repeat it

By Tim Sexton For too many people, pension planning has been an incomprehensible maze. So the Government has published proposals for a radical simplification of the tax rules for pensions...

12 March 2014

Fixed protection: is it the best fix for your pension?

With the lifetime allowance for retirement benefits falling to £1.25m on 6 April 2014 more people are likely to have pension funds that will exceed this by retirement. While electing...

19 February 2014

Webcast: Managing your defined contribution pensions risks

We will be holding a live webcast on 6 March 2014 to discuss ways that you can use risk management and governance to create genuine value for both you and...

24 January 2014

Tackling pension deficits and risk - PwC survey

Pension schemes to take until 2024 to meet pension shortfalls Companies are taking longer to meet their pension shortfalls despite diverting more cash into their schemes. PwC’s survey of 150...

15 January 2014

Our top five pensions predictions for 2014

1: 2014 looks set to be a record breaking year for pension risk deals Ben Stone, Pensions Risk Consultant in our Pensions team, said: “2013 was a record year for...

19 December 2013

The ‘reservoir trust’: safeguarding against a trapped pension surplus

These days, we’re repeatedly reminded of the difficulties that historically low gilt yields, volatile equity markets and increasing life expectancy have created for the funding position of UK pension schemes....

16 December 2013

Asset-backed contributions – the options for overseas groups with UK operations

The UK asset-backed contributions (ABC) market has matured over the last few years. This maturity in the market has led to a number of overseas groups with operations in the...

13 December 2013

A vacation from (market-implied) inflation – the impact of the Retail Price Index

Here’s one legacy of the era of skyrocketing inflation that we saw in the 1980s: the vast majority of company pension schemes are now inextricably linked to the annual rise...

06 December 2013

People who start work today won't get their state pension until they're age 72

Linking the state pension age to life expectancy means we could easily see people having to wait many more years before they get their state pension. In his 2013 Autumn...

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