Monthly Archives: December 2015

Review of the year 2015

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Review of the year 2015: a look back at the key pension developments which affected companies in 2015 and the corporate news which made the pension headlines.

In our review of the year 2015 we can see several running themes which look likely to develop further in 2016. We explore these in our article “Taxing times”.


This year saw the introduction of radical new freedoms for members with DC funds, but changes in taxation could mean that 2016 is even more of a watershed for private sector pensions.

Meanwhile, the tough market conditions continue with much volatility over the year but relatively little change between bond yields at the start and end of the year.

News for week ending 18 December

The PPF keep its levy “steady as she goes”, the Treasury sets out its plans for a secondary annuity market, whilst both UK inflation and US interest rates rise.


News for week ending 11 December

The Regulator publishes new guidance on integrated risk management, whilst the Treasury says it will require financial advice for annuity sales on the secondary market.



News for week ending 4 December

Purple Book reveals long term DB trends, whilst RAC scheme secures £600 million longevity swap.