For immediate release: Wednesday 24th April, 2013
Morten Nilsson, CEO of NOW: Pensions, comments on the DWP’s announcement that it will create an ‘automatic transfer’ system for small pots:
“We welcome this as we have always been in favour of consolidation, but it is imperative that the cost of transferring is kept to an absolute minimum, otherwise we run the risks of members’ pots getting eroded further. It’s somewhat disappointing that members in legacy funds, many of which are far less cost efficient than some of the pension funds that were launched in the run up to Auto-Enrolment, will not benefit from this and they will continue to receive a poor deal. We also believe it is important to make it easier for and encourage people with pots larger than £10k to transfer to their new workplace pension if it is more cost efficient and has a quality default fund as consolidation is key.”
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NOW: Pensions www.nowpensions.com
NOW: Pensions is a multi-employer trust. The investments are managed by NOW: Pensions Investments, a subsidiary of ATP in Denmark, and the administration is carried out by Paymaster, an established UK third party administrator. The NOW: Pension Trustee Directors, whose role is to safeguard the interests of members, comprises well-known industry figures with different areas of expertise:
- Nigel Waterson, former Shadow Pensions Minister
- Imelda Walsh, former Group HR Director of Sainsbury’s
- John Monks, member of House of Lords and former General Secretary of ETUC and TUC
- Christopher Daykin, former Government Actuary
- Win Robbins, former Head of European Fixed Income at Barclays Global Investors
NOW: Pensions is committed to developing a better workplace pension provision in the UK by offering a simple, high quality, cost efficient and systematically risk managed pension product that delivers better retirement savings for UK employees. With over 45 years’ experience providing Denmark’sworking population with stable and consistent pensions returns, NOW: Pensions is set to transfer the knowledge acquired in Denmark to the UK pension market. Charges are just £1.50 per month administration charge (reduced administration charge of £0.30 – £1.00 to be applied during auto enrolment phasing for lower earners) plus a 0.3% annual product investment management charge, with no hidden charges.
The ATP Group www.atp.dk
Arbejdsmarkedets Tillaegspension (ATP) / Danish Labour Market Supplementary Pension is a statutory pension fund. It was established as an independent entity in 1964 with the objective of ensuring a greater retirement income for the Danish population. ATP has since developed to become the largest pension fund in Denmark. Together with the tax-financed basic state pension, ATP provides basic income security in old age for the Danish population.
ATP covers almost the entire Danish population representing 4.7 million members and 160,000 employers. In addition to the ATP Scheme, the ATP Group administers a number of pension and social insurance schemes, including several for the Danish state.
The ATP Group total assets under management amounted to DKK 624 billion/approximately GBP 68.4bn (i.e. assets: DKK 540 billion/GBP 62.3 billion + reserves: DKK 84 billion/GBP 9.2bn) at 31 December 2012. ATP invests in a wide variety of assets globally. Investment categories are broadly: equities, interest rates, credit, inflation and commodities.