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CommentWire
CommentWire

UK pensions: new scheme fails to pay out

Launched on October 6, take-up of the government's new pension credit has been poor and the complex nature of the scheme means it is already facing strong opposition. The government needs to cut through the confusion and increase awareness if the pension credit scheme is to achieve its aim of making pensioners better off.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Oct 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK pensions: no justice for old abroad

The government's position over freezing state pension entitlement for those abroad has been legally upheld but must be seen as morally untenable. A government that is seen to be cheating its retired out of their pension dues is not helpful at a time when we are all being asked to save more for our retirement.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Jun 2003
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

UK pensions: occupational pension market on a downward slope

Published By Datamonitor
27 Oct 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK pensions: pay up or pay out

Following the publication of the Employer Task Force's (ETF) report, the concept of pensions compulsion has been thrust back to the forefront of political debate. Although the idea of compulsory pension contribution is not a popular one, unless voluntary contributions are stepped up dramatically and quickly, it is one that is looking increasingly likely.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Dec 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK pensions: plummeting payouts mean crisis goes on

The introduction of Sandler smoothed products may be a glimmer of hope for the with profits pensions market with greater policy transparency potentially rebuilding consumer confidence. However, a fall in value of even the best performing pension fund to the tune of GBP35,000 for a 25 year, GBP100 per month premium bond has, unsurprisingly, set alarm bells ringing.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Sep 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK pensions: raising the bar?

Suggestions that university-educated Britons may be asked to work longer before retirement have been met by a wave of controversy. Yet the idea is just a precursor to the UK's Pension Commission report currently in progress, which is sure to propose more unpopular remedies to the pensions crisis. Despite public outcry, however, the government must not shy away from taking the necessary action.

Published By Datamonitor
24 May 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK pensions: raising the stakes

Insurance companies want the UK government to increase the 1% maximum charge on stakeholder pensions. Stakeholder is a low-margin product, so making money from it requires high sales - and these just haven't happened. However, a commission rise would be a blow to the government, which is depending on stakeholder to reduce the savings gap.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Aug 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK pensions: regulatory gap poses risks for SIPP investors

The FSA has admitted that the introduction of new, unregulated pension products in 2006 is causing concern both to providers and potential investors. The new self-invested pension regime will come into force next April, but the regulatory framework to go with it is unlikely to be ready until 2007, and such a gap raises the specter of consumers being misadvised.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Nov 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK pensions: relying on laziness could bolster consumer uptake

The move to an opt-out system will mean most employees will be automatically enrolled in their company's pension schemes. It is part of the government's attempt to deal with a crisis in retirement saving caused by the aging population. Customer inertia is a very important factor in financial planning, and the government is right to utilize this by forcing customers to actively opt out of pensions.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Jul 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK pensions: roll up, roll up for stakeholder

The ABI believes employers should be allowed to bring financial advisors into the workplace to promote their stakeholder pensions scheme to employees, provided that the employer contributes to the scheme. But while the association argues that there is a large demand for such advice, employers are not convinced.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Apr 2002

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