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Saunders call to create quality default fund

IMA chief executive Richard Saunders told the summit that the debate over means testing and the structure of the NPSS was merely a distraction and the focus should be on creat-ing a high-quality default fund.

Saunders told delegates: “People who are talking about the structure of means testing in 2050 are wasting their time. We have something on the table now that is the equivalent of buy one get one free.”

He said the industry should stop bickering over the exact structure of the NPSS and argued that the focus should be on creating a default fund for the majority of savers who do not have the knowledge or will to make their own choices.

He said: “We need a good default fund as 90 per cent of people will not make any choice.”

Saunders said the simplicity of the system and the co-operation of employers were essential for the success of NPSS.

He reiterated plans outlined in the IMA’s response to the Pensions White Paper to build on the Government IT infrastructure used to collect National Insurance to administrate NPSS and collect contributions.

He said employers could aggregate the NPSS data with payroll data and suggested sending out free payroll software to employers to link up with the central administration system.MAIN POINTS

l Prioritise good default system

l keep fund management separate from adminis-tration of NPSS

l IT for NPSS admin should build on Government National Insurance system

l No room for individual advice

l Increase focus on decumulation. Savers in NPSS should not be channelled into annuities as they end up paying for the rich


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‘Poor should not pay for the rich’

NPSS savers should not be forced to subsidise the rich by being herded into annuities, says IMA chief executive Richard Saunders. Speaking at the Money Marketing/Cicero pension summit in London last week, Saunders argued that low-income NPSS savers with lower life expectancy will end up paying for the retirement incomes of the rich if pushed […]

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