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03 July 2014

De bunking-derisking myths

By Ben Stone 2014 is shaping up to be a record-breaking year for pension schemes transferring risks to the insurance market via bulk annuities (buy-ins and buy-outs) and longevity swaps....

24 June 2014

The end of contracting-out : Employers must act now to understand costs and options

With all the excitement and press coverage around the recent Budget changes to DC pensions, the ending of contracting-out for DB schemes in April 2016 may seem a long way...

05 June 2014

Going Dutch isn't a free lunch

By Philip Smith Proposed as the answer to the UK’s pensions challenges, collective defined contribution (CDC) provides a middle ground (of sorts) between defined benefit (DB) and individual defined contribution...

28 May 2014

The start of a recovery? Trends in pensions accounting over 2013

Our recent survey of over 140 of our clients with UK defined benefit pension schemes reporting under IFRS or UK GAAP looks at market trends in accounting assumptions over 2013....

27 May 2014

Pensions - a growing headache for charities

By Ian Oakley-Smith and Mark Jennings Just as many charities are concentrating their efforts on cutting costs against a backdrop of reducing income and donations, pension costs are still moving...

15 May 2014

Simple can be best – The PwC Reservoir Trust

By Deborah Cane Back in December I wrote about the inherent dangers of trapped surpluses and how our Reservoir Trust has been popular in solving that problem. For those of...

06 May 2014

Local Government Pension Schemes: tax and ratepayers deserve some Government courage

By Marc Hommel The combined £180bn Local Government Pension Schemes have deficits of more than £70bn and cost tax and rate payers £6bn every year; funds which would otherwise be...

28 April 2014

One size doesn’t fit all – making the state pension work

By Simon Wasserman It’s no secret that we’re all living longer than ever before – and mostly, that’s a good thing. But there are a number of different challenges that...

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...