The UK pensions market is heading into a big period of consolidation – something compounded by master trust authorisation, which has seen the master trust market alone reduce by nearly 60%. It’s time for ‘exiting’ master trusts to execute their succession plan. The Pensions Regulator will be paying close attention to exiting master trusts to ensure the focus remains on best member outcomes and employer compliance.
If you’re one of the 36 master trusts getting ready to exit the market, there are several things you should consider when preparing your exit plan. Here’s our top 5…
1 Establish your requirements – timescales, costs and strategy
Who will need to be involved in the project? This is likely to include trustees, the scheme administrator, advisers and investment managers and other independent consultants. Define their roles and activities and how long you expect it to take. You’ll also have to consider how you’ll continue to operate in the meantime. What assurances will you have in place to prepare for TPR reviews on progress? And how will you manage the cost of transferring and who will pay?
TPR’s guidance on strategic steps to take once they’ve been notified of a triggering event highlights key areas to be included in your plans.