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Pensions

The Pensions practice area is a source of expertise within the IFoA. Pensions actuaries work with other specialists, to help pension schemes meet the needs of trustees, employers and scheme members.

Engaging individuals to plan and to save for their retirement is the most pressing challenge in the current pensions landscape. The decline of defined benefit pensions and the increase in defined contribution pensions is transferring the responsibility for securing an adequate income in retirement from employers to individuals. Yet many individuals do not know what level of savings they need to have an adequate income in retirement.

The UK Government has taken some successful steps to start to address savings issues, through the implementation of Automatic Enrolment. But there are still a number of actions individuals, employers, the pensions and advice industry, and Government could take to improve individuals’ financial capability and help them to understand what an adequate retirement income could look like for them, and how to meet their retirement income goals.

There has perhaps never been a busier time in UK pensions policy, with changes afoot that touch almost every aspect of a pension scheme’s funding and operation.  The IFoA Pensions Board has been at the very centre of the key debates, from the Pensions Schemes Bill and TPR’s new Code of Practice to GMP equalisation and consolidation.  Perhaps most importantly, we have raised our voices loud and applied our unique technical expertise, to the critical national issue of Defined Contribution Scheme adequacy, seeking to ensure that people are able to enjoy a comfortable retirement .”

Mark Williams, Chair, Pensions Board 

Pensions Policy Papers 

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  • Spaces available

    We’ve all heard about the gender pay gap. Sadly, the gap doesn’t just exist with base pay.

    Research carried out by Legal & General in 2021 across the four million members in our Defined Contribution (DC) pensions, found that there’s a gender pension gap too, continuing the divide between men and women.

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    As current global events continue to demonstrate, geopolitical tensions present significant risks to corporates of all sizes. However, these types of risk are often not given the discussion time it needs at the board level or executive committee levels, nor the resources required to anticipate, analyse and mitigate them effectively.

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    At retirement, it has become very popular for those with Defined Contribution (DC) pensions to choose drawdown rather than an annuity, but drawing a sustainable lifetime income in this way is an impossible challenge for most people. We consider a Decumulation Pathway for the typical consumer, where a small part of the DC fund is set aside for any flexible access and legacy requirements. The bulk is then used to provide a lifetime income, utilising the pooling or insuring of longevity risk.

  • CILA 2022

    23 May 2022 - 24 May 2022

    Spaces available

    We continue to live in a world of global uncertainty. Survival depends on our ability to simultaneously navigate through the diverse root-causes, ranging from: the consequences of Climate Change; transitioning to Net Zero; increased inflationary pressures and supply chain issues; to self-imposed changes in regulatory requirements. CILA 2022 focuses on these challenges to ensure we continue to be informed and remain battle ready, as well as showcasing highlights of recent CMI outputs.

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    In the spirit of fostering the IFoA’s vibrant, global community and enabling our members to participate, we have decided to hold our AGM virtually again this year. This allows for greater accessibility to this important annual event, and for greater accountability of our organisation.

    The Business of the AGM

  • The IFoA Conference 2022

    133 Liverpool St, London EC3A 7BX and Online
    22 June 2022 - 23 June 2022
    Spaces available

    We’re delighted to welcome you back to our first in-person conference since early 2020, also being delivered virtually in our first-ever hybrid event. The theme of our inaugural two-day conference is ‘Focusing on tomorrow’s actuary’ and will explore the contribution actuarial science is making to some of tomorrow’s biggest issues.