Category Archive for: ‘New Zealand news’

People vote for control: The Great British pensions cash out

People of all ages are getting out of their final salary and defined benefit pensions in the UK, and the numbers are unprecedented. Spurred on by massive pension valuations, attractive incentives, failing companies and flexible access 80,000 people transferred last year, and 120,000 are estimated to follow this year.   The Pensions Regulator’s estimated 80,000 defined benefit transfers occured from …

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UK expats and returning Kiwis advised to transfer personal pensions before Brexit

British expats and Kiwis who’ve left their personal pension back in the UK are being advised to transfer it before Brexit kicks in.   The advice is aimed not just at UK expats already living in New Zealand, but also to those planning to emigrate in the near future.   It’s being spurred by increasing concern over the viability of …

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Foreign advisers scamming NZ and OZ based UK pension holders

For years the Australian and New Zealand regulators have been building strong regulatory regimes aimed at protecting people living in their countries from bad investments. The central plank of regulations in Australia and New Zealand is that you must be regulated in those countries to provide financial advice to people living in the countries. Seems logical enough right, particularly because …

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Huge pension fund deficits are a global crisis in waiting

Ania Zalewska, University of Bath In the past decade, the banking industry has been a central focus of attention for regulators, academics and the general public. The 2007-08 financial crisis led to new regulations and institutions to keep things in check.   In contrast, the issues of the pension industry have tended to be swept deep under the carpet. Much …

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Now harder than ever to transfer a UK pension

It’s never been harder to transfer a UK pension to New Zealand. Over the last three years UK government agencies have put up consistent barriers to stop the outflows of UK pensions to overseas schemes (QROPS). Some barriers have been direct, like the shutting down of pension transfers out of public sector schemes like the NHS, teachers, civil service and …

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UK final salary transfer values falling

U.K. pension deficits fell to the lowest level since the end of 2015, dropping 10 percent in June as yields on government bonds rebounded. The gap between the assets and obligations of U.K. defined-benefit pension plans dropped to June 30, 2017, according to the latest PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP’s Skyval Index. The index tracks around 6,000 defined benefit schemes in the U.K. …

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The Evolution of New Zealand QROPS

Having been involved in pension transfers since 1999 we have seen it all. What started out as a cottage industry helping New Zealanders and British expats that had moved to New Zealand get their pensions into the same the country that they lived in has grown into something bigger and ultimately better.   History can teach us a lot, because …

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UK budget: Overseas transfer charge

On the 9 March 2017, the UK Budget introduced with immediate effect an “Overseas Transfer Charge” (OTC) which is a 25% tax charge on transfers to QROPS from UK registered pension schemes unless: The member is tax-resident in the same jurisdiction as the receiving QROPS. So a transfer from a UK registered scheme to a New Zealand QROPS for a …

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Brexit is leading to “eye-watering” UK final salary scheme transfer values driving more transfers – but for how much longer

For decades people in the UK have been told that final salary (or defined benefits) pensions are ‘gold plated’ and the perception has been established that defined benefit pensions should never be transferred. This has always been the opinion of the Financial Conduct Authority of the UK and of course the schemes managing these pensions, with an advance payout of …

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Foreign currency fees in New Zealand schemes

Most New Zealand QROPS superannuation schemes are in the business of passing on benefits to their members. This extends to foreign exchange rates. Many have negotiated really good deals with banks and get exchange rates a little bit above a wholesale rate. These rates are almost always better than money brokers such as HiFX so members really are getting the …

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