Pension news

Week ending 25 October 2019

GMP equalisation

The results of the latest ACA survey include an in-depth look at the challenges and frustrations that employers are facing in relation to GMP equalisation. 43% of employers say they are likely to opt for GMP conversion, 31% favour year-on-year calculations (so dual records) and the remainder are undecided.

General levy set to rise substantially

The DWP has published a consultation on increases to the rates of general levy paid by occupational and personal pension schemes. Large increases will be needed if the deficit, which on a cumulative basis is currently over £16 million and estimated to grow to over £50 million by April 2020, is to be removed. The general levy funds the Pensions Regulator, the Pensions Ombudsman and the Money and Pensions Service, all of which have greatly expanded their services in recent years.

Four options for increases to the levy are under consideration, with the option preferred by the government being a 10% increase for 2020 and a wider review of the levy before April 2021. The three other options phase in substantial increases over periods of between 3 and 10 years. The consultation closes on 15 November 2019, with the first increase to take effect from April 2020.

The trend of large buy-ins continues…

Aviva has completed a £1.7 billion buy-in for its own staff pension scheme covering some 4,300 deferred and 1,500 current pensioner members. This is the scheme’s first buy-in, although it previously completed a £5 billion longevity swap in 2014.

Recent publications

News

20 November 2020

In the news this week, the second Lloyds judgement says that historic transfer payments need to reflect GMP equalisation, the Pension Schemes Bill moves back to the Lords, TPR gets tough on AE compliance, the FCA surveys DB transfer advisers again and another buy-in is completed.

Arena

Pensions Arena October 2020

This quarter’s Arena has a summary of our recent Pensions Perspective, “Endgame planning comes of age”, which looked at how long-term funding and investment plans are evolving and why companies are increasingly taking the lead in designing an endgame strategy. It also shows all the usual financial and investment analysis for the quarter ending 30 September 2020.

Perspective

Endgame planning

Journey plans or glide paths may have been around for a long time but they’re at the heart of the Regulator’s proposed new funding code. In this Pensions Perspective, Leonard Bowman looks at how long-term funding and investment plans are evolving and explains why companies are increasingly taking the lead in designing an endgame strategy for their schemes.

Arena

Pensions Arena July 2020

This quarter’s Arena has a summary of our recent Pensions Perspective, “Emerging from lockdown”, which looked at how best to tackle the most common pension issues which companies are currently facing. It also shows all the usual financial and investment analysis for the quarter ending 30 June 2020.

Perspective

Emerging from lockdown

As we keep hearing, we are living in unprecedented times. However, as we turn our attention to the future, what does the “new normal” mean for defined benefit pension schemes? In this Pensions Perspective, Leonard Bowman considers the most common pension issues that companies are facing and how best to ensure that the company approaches these on the front foot.