Towers Watson

The Pensions Insurance Specialist

People will be provided with an estimate of when they might die as part of the guidance pension savers receive before retirement, Pensions Minister Steve Webb has announced.

The Minister told Sky News pensioners need an idea of how long they will live to help to make informed financial decisions. This information will be available in new guidance all pension savers will receive following changes announced in the Budget

Scottish Widows has announced it will implement a 0.75 per cent charge cap ahead of the government deadline of April 2015

New appointments at Baring Asset Management, and more…

A flat rate system of 30 per cent tax relief on pensions should be implemented for all workers, Minister for Pensions Steve Webb has said

The pension tax relief system is designed “by the rich, for the rich” and will have to change in the next wave of pension reform, Legal and General chief executive Nigel Wilson has said

Tesco’s defined benefit pension deficit has increased from £1.8bn to £2.6bn according to its latest financial results

Anne Healy has joined independent trustee firm BESTrustees as head of business development, Pensions Age understands

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Over a quarter of medium-sized employers are still using a pension scheme with an annual management charge above the charge cap, according to research by Jelf Employee Benefits

Defined contribution pension schemes need to reconsider their investment options following annuity changes, according to Mercer

Multinational retail chain Debenhams has seen its net defined benefit pension deficits fall by £15.8m in the 26 weeks to 1 March 2014

The Pensions Regulator has today appointed two new members to its Determinations Panel

Mercer has been appointed as the preferred provider on the framework for a defined contribution pension scheme for the UK’s higher and further education sector

LV= appoints new transformation director for retirement solutions business and more...


With the government focused on tackling the issue of small pension pots, Peter Davy looks at the ‘pot follows member’ versus ‘aggregation’ debate, and explores the other options available

Pension schemes can find themselves paying members too much for a variety of reasons. While overpayments can usually be recovered, Nadine Wojakovski finds that under some circumstances members will not have to return the funds

Following the release of the ABI and Department of Health’s Social care funding: Statement of intent, Laura Blows explores the increasing role the pensions industry will have in helping people save for long-term care

Bernard Abrahamsen explains the opportunities illiquid credit can provide for pension funds as banks move away from this sector

Mark Wood looks at the problems that arise from the new proposals for pension schemes to support the growth of their sponsors

Sally Ling looks at the increasing role illiquid credit can play in pension funds’ investment strategies, and how schemes can access them

John Belgrove covers some of the factors investors should bear in mind when looking at infrastructure debt

Alistair Wilson looks at how the fixed income markets have behaved so far this year, and the effect this has on pension scheme funding

Mark Jones explains why pension schemes need to digitise their data, particularly in preparation for legislative changes in 2016

The good times have been back for a while when it comes to infrastructure investment. But getting access to the right party isn’t straightforward, finds Marek Handzel

Stewart Patterson explains the importance of taking the correct actions, at the appropriate time, when managing pension scheme risk

As the pensions industry continues to undergo a series of reforms, Laura Blows explores why the time is now right to improve its reputation and how this can be achieved

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