Latest News

What did the Queen’s speech tell us about the future of pensions and master trusts?

Last month, on the 18th May, the Queen delivered her 65th speech, outlining the key policies and programmes drawn up by the British Government. The speech...

Master trusts – getting it right

Fiona Matthews reviews the benefits of master trusts for occupational pension schemes, how to choose one and the pitfalls of smaller, unsustainable providers damaging market...

How can trustees ensure they are attending to their members’ needs at retirement?

Our DC Pensions Flexibility Study, which followed schemes’ steps towards flexibility immediately after the freedoms were introduced, and again 6 months later, produced some interesting...

Annuity vs. Drawdown: Dispelling the myths

In recent months, the media has reported that many pension savers are continuing to opt for annuities as their primary retirement investment. The recent ABI...

How to prepare for employees’ questions about pensions

Promoting long term savings in a positive light has always been high on the government’s agenda and has grown in prominence over the past year...

The past, present and future of DC master trusts

Some of the LifeSight team attended and presented a session on the past, present and future of master trusts at the Association of Consulting Actuaries...

Complexity in pension governance: What does the future hold?

Across the pension industry, we have seen numerous changes to governance in recent years. Since the Pensions Act in 1993, regulation has steadily been ramped...

Pensions in 2016: The top three priorities for the year ahead

2015 was a year of seismic change in the pensions industry, as new freedoms and auto-enrolment continue to shake up the landscape of long-term financial...

Complexity in pension governance expected to increase, despite concerns around member outcomes

  19th January, 2016 — The majority of pensions managers (61%) do not agree that changes in governance over the last five years have improved member...

How will the changing role of pensions affect the way employers deliver them to employees?

Given that so much has changed in pensions and the way employers relate to them, how will pension provision fit into the reward package for...

Will Factor 55 be as big a challenge to workforce planning as anticipated?

On the back of the new pension rules, the age of 55 is set to become a huge milestone in people’s working lives, which is...

Tapered annual allowance: how can you help?

Earlier this year, the government announced provisions for reducing the annual pension allowance for individuals earning over £150,000. These high earners will see their annual...

Withdrawal strategies in retirement

Recent reforms to the pensions market in the UK have expanded the choice available for accessing pension savings.  However, with greater choice comes greater complexity....

How to improve understanding of pensions and long term savings in the workforce

Currently, only a third of UK workers are prioritising long term saving. Furthermore, of those that are saving for their retirement, many are not saving...

Should employers facilitate a drawdown route for employees?

The pension reforms, introduced by the government in April 2015, have brought about a whole new way of thinking about retirement that impacts almost every...

UK workers left vulnerable and in the dark about new pension reforms

A startling lack of public awareness about the new pension reforms and a concern that they may exacerbate irresponsible spending, pensioner vulnerability and fraud is...

Pension-Age-header

The role of master trusts in the UK pensions market

Watch Fiona Matthew’s interview with Francesca Fabrizi from Pension Age, to learn more about LifeSight. Fiona discusses how the industry has reacted to the pension...

Young professionals in the UK show transformation in attitudes towards saving

London – 12th October 2015 – 18-34 year old professionals have better savings habits than any other age group of workers according to new research...

Attitudes to pension reforms: Why employers need to address employees’ concerns

As the government’s pension reforms start to become a reality for many people, the financial ombudsman and pensions industry are getting increasingly concerned about the...

The death of pensions? Should the industry be re-branding the P-word to be more about savings rather than pensions?

When people start saving into a pension they essentially obtain a pay rise. Not only will the Government top up a pension pot by providing...

Are we in the midst of a pension revolution?

The Government’s recent pension reforms bring about a quiet revolution in how working people save, access, manage, and use their pensions. The new rules state...

How pension provision can secure new talent and help retain staff

  The quality and extent of pension provision has always been an important factor for British workers when choosing a new role and organisation. And...

LifeSight demonstrates governance quality through PQM accreditation

Towers Watson’s new master trust, LifeSight, is awarded PQM READY accreditation – underlining its leadership as only one of eleven schemes to gain the prestigious...