To date I’ve written on pensions in general, the EU Directive IORP II which could still disrupt the Irish pension market in a really negative way and Personal Retirement Bonds (PRBs), so now Frank decided it was time I jumped the fence and talked about ARFs (approved retirement funds), what you can, and most do, with their retirement funds when they actually draw pension … [Read more...] about What the ARF?
‘Joe Duffy gets candid on losing his pension, coronavirus and a reckoning ‘ an interview in the Irish Independent by Niamh Horan May 10 2020 In an industry that spends the bulk of its time servicing clients needs, preparing reports, ensuring that clients investment goals are correctly aligned to their timeframes, risk tolerances and capacity, the above headline generated a … [Read more...] about Listener beware!
The coronavirus has had a dramatic economic impact and has forced Employers to shut down their business or at least lay off countless numbers of employees as the government tries to slow and eventually stop the spread of Covid-19. Employee benefits represent a significant liability for employers and in this article we consider the issues employers need to address with their … [Read more...] about The coronavirus and the impact on occupational pension schemes
In February 2018 the Government launched with some hype and fanfare a detailed future plan for pensions in Ireland, the plan entitled “A Roadmap for Pensions Reform for 2018- 2023” would have seen significant changes to the pensions landscape affecting all pension schemes large and small. This would particularly affect small company and one-man pension arrangements. Industry … [Read more...] about O Pension reform, where art thou?
Defined Benefit Schemes (DB) are pension schemes that provide a promised benefit to employees based on years of service with an employer and, in most cases, their salary at date of retirement. The Pensions Authority has the following definition: “Final Salary Defined Benefit (DB) Schemes are occupational pension schemes that provide a set level of pension at retirement, … [Read more...] about Defined Benefit (DB) pension schemes in Ireland and the importance of advice