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Pension schemes continue on the slippery slope of decline?

22 Apr 2013, by in Pensions & Investment

Another study has indicated why the changes the European Commission envisages would be bad news for UK defined benefit pension schemes. This time it was the preliminary results of the Qualitative Impact Assessment, recently published by EIOPA (European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority) for the EC which showed the impact of proposed changes to the Institutions for Occupational Retirement…

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QE and pension schemes

15 Feb 2012, by in Pensions & Investment, Uncategorized

The Bank of England’s decision to extend quantitative easing by £50 billion (taking the total value of the QE programme to £325 billion) is welcome, providing further stimulus to our stagnating economy. Particularly in the absence of any significant Government stimulus measures, using monetary policy to prevent a second credit crunch and keep long-term borrowing…

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Pension schemes face increased solvency stakes

24 Jan 2012, by in Pensions & Investment

In October the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) published the consultation ‘Response to Call for Advice on the review of Directive 2003/41/EC: second consultation’. The consultation covered EIOPA’s draft advice to the European Commission on the review of the Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision (IORP – Directive 2003/41/EC). The Directive applies to occupational…

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Government to reinvigorate occupational pensions?

13 Sep 2011, by in Pensions & Investment

Steve Webb indicated last week that the Government is going to examine risk-sharing. Risk-sharing is the shorthand for the pensions landscape between defined benefit and defined contribution schemes, where risk can be shared between employers and members, or between members, and it can exist in a range of forms, many of which are already possible and in existence in…

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Employees see a further drop in their pensions

02 Aug 2011, by in Pensions & Investment

Lane, Clark and Peacock’s 18th annual survey released today has some interesting – but dispiriting – findings on the pension schemes run for employees of FTSE 100 companies. Two key findings are the growing shift to defined contribution provision, and the change from RPI to CPI to uprate private sector schemes. The latter has resulted in…

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