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CommentWire
CommentWire

UK pensions: losing the ball and chain

Many UK companies are today finding themselves the victims of a past defined benefits system. They are now tying up final salary pension schemes in a bid to reduce the effects of such responsibilities on profits in years to come. However, growing international trends towards transparency, privatization and individual responsibility are on their side.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
07 Aug 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK pensions: mind the gap

The ACE seems to be right: the current rate of pension contributions will be insufficient to support a generation of pensioners. Even where people are contributing to pensions, they are not contributing enough, and the government's stakeholder pension scheme is doing little to help the situation. The only way out of this dilemma may be compulsory contributions.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Nov 2001
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK pensions: new business soaring

According to the Association of British Insurers, life and pensions new business has again reached record levels in the second quarter of 2006, with overall new business totaling GBP3.9 billion in the quarter. While this increase appears to be good news for the pensions industry, much of the growth has been driven by transfers rather than from new savers, or those persuaded to save more.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Sep 2006
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

UK pensions: new premiums in annuity market to grow to GBP9 billion

Published By Datamonitor
29 Dec 2005
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

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