At the beginning of January 2015, the UK Statistics Authority published an independent review of UK consumer price statistics. Amongst other things, the review recommends that government and regulators work towards ending the use of RPI as soon as practicable.
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It is now over nine months since the Chancellor announced his Flexiday proposals to allow members of defined contribution (DC) schemes more flexible access to their benefits. This briefing note reviews where we are now in the process of implementing Flexiday in law – and what we are still waiting for (with three months to go).
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Welcome to the 2014 year-end edition of our quarterly bulletin aimed at defined benefit (DB) sponsors. We provide an overview of market conditions and the range of accounting assumptions sponsors may wish to use for their annual disclosures at 31 December 2014 alongside market news regarding pension buy-outs and de-risking, and an update on PPF issues.
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Amidst continued media excitement about the new flexibilities, trustees of defined contribution (DC) schemes and sections now need to decide exactly how they will implement the new flexibilities.