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  1. July 25, 2014

    New crackdown on pension ‘liberation’

    A new hard-hitting campaign has been launched to raise awareness of the dangers of cashing in pension savings early as it...

  2. July 18, 2014

    Pensions and the risks of de-risking

    Deep within the balance sheets of some of the UK’s largest companies lingers a trillion-pound headache. These are companies,...

  1. April 9, 2014

    Pension schemes should be better at counting their costs

    Final salary pension schemes are corporate dinosaurs. Other ways for employers to provide for retirement are evolving around...

  2. December 6, 2013

    Pension guidelines are cold comfort

    Stephen Soper, the interim chief executive of the Pensions Regulator, has noticed that bankrupting a company to make its...

  3. December 2, 2013

    New rules for diverting UK pension contributions

    Companies that want to cut contributions to underfunded pension schemes in order to invest more in their businesses will...

  4. November 19, 2013

    Pensions regulator in warning on ABC deals

    Pension scheme trustees should be wary of signing on to a pledge of assets that allows employers to reduce contributions...

  5. November 16, 2013

    GPG shares fall as pensions regulator uncovers underfunded schemes

    Guinness Peat Group has said it expects to receive regulatory notices demanding that it bolsters its underfunded pension...

  6. November 15, 2013

    Pensions regulator warns of ‘race to bottom’ over charges cap

    The Pensions Regulator has expressed deep reservations about plans to cap charges related to workplace pensions, saying it...

  7. November 7, 2013

    New pension plan options proposed

    Employers would be able to offer salary-linked pension plans but walk away from some retirement promises if they became too...

  8. October 21, 2013

    Apollo’s takeover of Cooper Tire hits snag over UK pensions

    Apollo Tyres’ attempt to acquire Cooper Tire of the US has hit a new obstacle in the form of Cooper’s underfunded UK pension...

  9. July 16, 2013

    Regulator seeks judicial guidance on pension liberation

    A High Court case is to examine the extent of the Pensions Regulator’s powers to deal with “pensions liberation” whereby...

  10. July 1, 2013

    HMRC announces pension fraud clampdown

    HM Revenue & Customs is set to deregister up to 500 “dubious” pension providers as part of a countrywide crackdown on...

  11. June 23, 2013

    UK pension trustees gain new takeover rights

    On April 22, the UK Takeover Panel confirmed amendments to the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers, giving trustees of funded...

  12. June 20, 2013

    Final salary pension regulatory obligations are ‘overblown’

    Most UK companies say that the need to pour extra money into their final-salary pension schemes to cover deficits is having...

  13. May 20, 2013

    Pension Protection Fund warns of levy increase

    The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) – the statutory safety net underpinning employers’ pension promises – has warned that it...

  14. May 12, 2013

    Kodak defends pension plan settlement

    The recent attack in FTfm by John Ralfe on the integrity of the Pensions Regulator using the settlement negotiated between...

  15. May 8, 2013

    PPF ‘exposed to more risk’ as regulator relaxes guidance

    New measures to ease the burden faced by companies struggling with their pension deficits could lead to bigger bills for the...

  16. May 5, 2013

    Kodak deal brings regulator into question

    Last week, the venerable US company, Eastman Kodak, reached an agreement with its UK pension plan, helping it to emerge from...

  17. April 14, 2013

    Search for quality bonds hits pensions

    The reporting season for companies whose financial year ends on March 31 is approaching fast and investors should brace...

  18. April 14, 2013

    UK pension deficits set to rise by £100bn

    UK companies reporting annual results for the year to March are expected to report an increase of more than £100bn in their...

  19. April 12, 2013

    Coats shortfall threatens loss for PPF

    The shortfall at the pension scheme of Coats, the threads and zips manufacturer, may be £400m or higher. That is more than...

  20. April 11, 2013

    Watchdog probes Coats pension funding

    The Pensions Regulator has taken the unusual step of launching an investigation into whether more support needs to be...

  21. March 31, 2013

    Movers & shakers: April 1

    ● BlackRock has appointed David Blumer as head of Emea, a newly created position. Mr Blumer is joining the world’s largest...

  22. March 20, 2013

    Budget 2013: Chancellor changes Pension Regulator’s remit

    George Osborne has said that the Pension Regulator will have to consider the growth prospects of companies when prescribing...

  23. January 29, 2013

    Employers attack pension deficit proposal

    A government proposal to allow pension schemes to calculate smaller deficits for funding purposes does not go nearly far...

  24. January 27, 2013

    Call to close gap on funding UK pensions

    Anyone who thought there was a quick fix to ease the burden on employers with underfunded pension schemes should think...

  25. January 25, 2013

    Minister proposes relaxing pension rules

    Britain’s pensions minister has taken what may be the first step towards new legislation that would change the way...

  26. January 17, 2013

    OFT to probe workplace pension providers

    Britain’s pension providers will be probed by the government’s trading watchdog amid concerns that savers are paying high...

  27. January 9, 2013

    Employers must ensure best pension option

    Companies will have to ensure that their employees choose the most appropriate savings options when they are automatically...

  28. January 7, 2013

    UK Coal pension trustees empowered

    Trustees to the UK Coal pension schemes have been given the right to monitor the business risks of the company’s newly...

  29. December 28, 2012

    Bogof – the easy way to fairer pensions

    Why are pensions so difficult? The concept of saving for old age is hardly tough to grasp, and few would argue with a policy...

  30. December 9, 2012

    Smoothing won’t solve our pension problems

    Last week the UK chancellor announced a consultation process on “smoothing” the value of pension scheme assets and...

  31. December 4, 2012

    Hopes rise of cut in pension deficits

    Companies might be able to slash the deficits on their pension schemes at the stroke of a pen after a consultation to be...

  32. December 4, 2012

    Pensions gift would keep on hurting

    A car radio with wires dangling. A bunch of flowers with roots still attached. An increase in the discount rate against...

  33. November 11, 2012

    BDO seeks change on pension rules

    Rules limiting UK pension funds’ exposure to the equity of their sponsoring company could be bypassed if the Pensions...

  34. November 7, 2012

    Cult of equity killed off by pension funds

    UK pension funds are holding more bonds than equities for the first time since the so-called cult of equity in the 1950s,...

  35. October 19, 2012

    Move to ease pension shortfalls rejected

    Actuaries have taken the unusual step of opposing measures to ease pension scheme funding pressures, which have been...

  36. October 17, 2012

    Pensions regulator urged to relax rules

    Britain’s Pensions Regulator faces pressure to relax efforts to make companies fill their scheme deficits, as a trade body...

  37. October 15, 2012

    Pension schemes face 30-year funding gap

    Employees face a much greater risk their pensions will not pay out than regulators have made assumptions for, amid growing...

  38. October 11, 2012

    Workers warned over pension charges

    Millions of workers are at risk of having their retirement pots halved in value if they are automatically enrolled into...

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