Monthly Archives: January 2019

Pensions Arena January 2019

The good, the bad and the ugly!








2018 was an eventful year for both sponsors and trustees of DB and DC pension schemes. And yet, it could prove to be the calm before the storm of 2019.

In this article we take a wry look back at 2018, aided by our Spaghetti Western theme, before looking forward to what may lie in store for us in 2019…

And, of course, January’s Pensions Arena contains all the usual financial and investment analysis for the quarter ending 31 December 2018, presented in the BAC Dashboard.

Pensions Arena January 2019

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News for week ending 25 January

In the news this week, a House of Lords committee urges the UK Statistics Authority to “fix” RPI, an independent review finds that Trustees need professional help on communicating with their members, and the Treasury gives NEST a £329 million guarantee.

News 25 January

News for week ending 18 January

In the news this week, the High Court has overturned a judgement made by the Pensions Ombudsman, the Co-op’s Somerfield scheme announces a buy-in with PIC and UK inflation hits a two-year low.



News for week ending 11 January

In the news this week, PASA has set up an industry group to provide guidance on GMP equalisation, the Work and Pensions Committee launches an inquiry into contingent charging, and the cold-calling ban has come into effect.

News 11 January

News for week ending 4 January

In the news this week, the Single Financial Guidance Body has officially launched, Whitbread is to contribute up to £380 million to its DB scheme following the sale of Costa, and the industry-wide plumbing scheme has extended its ban on employers exiting the scheme.

News 04 January