Citywire printed articles sponsored by:
View the article online at http://citywire.co.uk/new-model-adviser/article/a634604
Webb: small pots reform could put employees in worse schemes
by Michelle Abrego on Nov 14, 2012 at 15:38
Pensions minister Steve Webb has conceded that the government’s proposals to solve employees building up multiple small pension pots, could result in consumers ending up in worse schemes than they were in before.
Speaking at the Tax Incentivised Savings Association (Tisa) annual conference, Webb acknowledged that the government’s proposed ‘pots follows member’ plan meant someone could be transferred from a good pension to a bad one.
He said some employees would not be aware of the difference in quality between schemes, and that the situation could be resolved by there being a reduction in bad schemes in the market, something he argued would happen through the introduction of auto-enrolment.
‘The challenge for us is “how do we make sure that millions of people go into better quality schemes?”' he said.
'What happens when people go down market? What happens to people that don't use the National Employment Savings Trust and they aren’t being fought over by the industry because they don't have the scale? I want to have a conversation with the industry on what look good looks like.'
He said that there were a 'hell of a lot' of small scale pensions scheme that were not cost effective but that through auto-enrolment the industry would see consolidation to bigger and fewer pension schemes.
News sponsored by:
Today's top headlines
iShares: Time to shatter the ETF myths
As result of industry changes - the retail distribution review - and a growing focus on cost-efficient solutions, we anticipate the number of investors using ETFs will rise significantly over the coming years.
But as with any newer product, especially in the financial world, various misconceptions about ETFs have perpetuated over the years and iShares is committed to addressing and ultimately dispelling these.