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A quick guide to asset protection for pension schemes

 

23 June 2017

What protection is available for pension scheme assets in the event of provider failure such as negligence, fraud or insolvency, or the failure of the other parties involved in an investment?

This question is particularly important in the DC space, as members bear the risk of any shortfall in the assets. It’s also relevant to DB schemes, where a gap in protection for scheme assets in the event of provider failure could create unexpected additional pressure on scheme funding, and potentially increase requirements for deficit contributions from participating employers.

Trustees of all scheme types need to understand the arrangements that are in place to safeguard scheme assets, and make improvements where appropriate. This quick guide sets out an overview of the types of protection available (the exact position will depend on the structure and legal documentation of each scheme’s specific investments).

Read our quick guide to asset protection for pension schemes in full, here.

 

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