Pension news

Week ending 15 May 2020

DC transfers

The Pensions Regulator has updated its guidance for DC trustees during the Covid-19 pandemic. TPR says that DC transfers are a core financial transaction and should be a key priority for administrators and trustees. Trustees have also been told to complete due diligence checks and highlight the risk from scammers in their member communications. This guidance contrasts with that for DB trustees, where TPR had suggested that, in order to review transfer terms and/or to assess the administrative impact of transfer value quotes during the pandemic, trustees could decide to suspend transfer quotations and payments for up to three months.

GMP final data cuts

HMRC has reportedly admitted that there could be problems for schemes trying to reconcile their GMP data using the final data cut HMRC is providing. This is because the final data cut uses data as at 5 April 2016. For a revalued GMP amount, HMRC recommend that their online checker service should be used instead. The discrepancies between the two sources of HMRC GMP data are likely to delay schemes’ work on finalising GMP reconciliation.

Bulk annuities in volatile markets

The Co-op sponsored PACE scheme has transacted its fourth bulk annuity of 2020, this time a £350 million deal with Aviva covering the liabilities of 2,300 members. The deal was completed under a previously agreed umbrella contract with Aviva.

Meanwhile, Legal & General has agreed bulk annuity deals for the US and UK pension schemes of IHS Markit, worth £78 million and £38 million respectively.

Recent publications

News

BAC News

Hymans Robertson announces today that it has acquired Bath Actuarial Consulting (BAC). At the same time Andrew Udale-Smith and Leonard Bowman from Bath Actuarial Consulting (BAC) will be joining the firm as new Partners.

News

29 January 2021

In the news over the last week, the DWP responds to its consultation on climate risk governance and reporting for pension schemes, transfer-blocking powers could be on the horizon, MaPS delivers on pension guidance and there’s more de-risking.

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.

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