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Bigger is better! DC schemes under pressure to consolidate

With the Government set on consolidation, it looks like it is only a matter of time before requirements are strengthened even further. Particularly, if too many DC schemes are seen to pass the VFM test.

TPR guidance for DB Trustees with distressed sponsors

On 12th November, The Pensions Regulator issued guidance for Trustees of all Defined Benefit schemes aimed at highlighting how to spot signs of corporate distress. The guidance goes on to offer practical advice on the action Trustees should take to protect the pension scheme if the signs materialise. The full guidance is available here. In…
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Size matters in a DB world

This article considers the developments in tPR guidance for DB schemes looking to transact with a superfund. It also looks at the alternative consolidation options available for smaller DB schemes looking to make efficiencies.

Are you ready for value for members assessments?

In this article we look at the draft requirements for Defined Contribution (DC) schemes with assets under £100 million and why you should act now if you are thinking about the move to a master trust.

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When failure is not an option

Managing pension liabilities in a post COVID-19 world Many big-name businesses have failed since the world changed at the start of 2020. It’s easy to recount the news headlines we’ve all seen since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the UK in early 2020. But we must not forget the many more smaller names that will also…
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2020 – The Year of Opportunity for Small Schemes?

2019 was a record year for pension scheme buyouts – the year of the ‘mega-deal’ by any measure. Despite being hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, the industry is still expecting 2020 to be one of the biggest years, by volume, for buyout transactions. Small schemes have historically struggled to access the buyout market. But with…
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The Future of Master Trusts – Survival of the fittest

20 years ago who would have predicted that Master Trust would have become part of the pensions vernacular? Thanks to TPR authorisation there has been some much-needed consolidation in the market. Whilst TPR’s website still lists 38 authorised Master Trusts (a reduction from 90 pre-authorisation), at least 2 of them are no longer accepting business.…
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