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30thApril
2019

Why an industry wide pension scheme is a good idea

The face of pensions is changing as the world of work undergoes seismic upheavals and mounting uncertainty. Final salary schemes…

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18thApril
2019

Changing perceptions: understanding pensions as deferred pay

Since its introduction in 2012, auto-enrolment has slowly increased its impact on businesses and employees, finally becoming compulsory for all…

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9thApril
2019

Is it time to be thinking about your employee pensions?

With most companies obliged by law to place eligible staff into a pension scheme and contribute to it, millions of…

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27thMarch
2019

“We need to talk”: How mediation could help save troubled pensions relationships

In its recent consultation on protecting defined benefit (DB) pension schemes, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) identifies a…

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26thMarch
2019

More than just a tick box exercise – Workplace Pensions

April 2019 sees the amount of money employers and employees pay into workplace pensions rise in the latest round of…

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21stMarch
2019

Ensign submits Master Trust Authorisation Application to The Pensions Regulator

Ensign, the maritime pension specialist, submitted its application for master trust authorisation to The Pensions Regulator (“TPR”) on 20 March.…

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12thFebruary
2019

Introduction of drawdown and retirement advice services

Today’s workers are savvier and more discerning than ever before about the need to plan and save for retirement. Yet…

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13thDecember
2018

Seafarers are living longer, but what does it mean for their later years?

    Most children born in rich countries today can expect to live for more than 100 years. What does…

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29thNovember
2018

An open letter to Amber Rudd from the Ensign Chair

As Amber Rudd takes on her new brief as work and pensions secretary, Rory Murphy offers her some suggestions as…

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16thOctober
2018

Ensign doubles membership with onboarding of the Stena Line (UK) Pension Scheme defined contribution members

The Stena Line UK Group has chosen Ensign – the Master Trust pension scheme for the shipping and maritime sector…

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5thOctober
2018

Ensign Chair’s initiative on financial education

Ensign Chair, Rory Murphy, has lead an initiative, being launched today, to encourage financial awareness for the younger generations, with…

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2ndOctober
2018

Ensign Trustee, Mark Dickinson, awarded Merchant Navy medal

Ensign Trustee, Mark Dickinson, has recently been awarded the prestigious Merchant Navy medal for Meritorious Service, awarded each year in…

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12thSeptember
2018

Lessons from Lehman for pension trustees

A decade after the crisis, Rory Murphy says the industry must embrace the same approach to consumer engagement that is…

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30thJuly
2018

Attracting and Retaining Talent

Suffering from employee attrition? The solution may be closer than you think. What’s the biggest challenge facing you and your…

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24thJuly
2018

Ensign challenges bigger master trusts by reshaping member experience

Ensign, the Defined Contribution (DC) pension scheme for the UK shipping and maritime industry, has launched a new look, in…

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7thJune
2018

Ensign undertakes the first ever maritime pensions survey

Ensign has recently undertaken a survey on the importance, awareness and understanding of pensions in the maritime industry, which has…

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24thMay
2018

Sometimes, good things come in small packages…

Andrew Waring says the 'big is better' view does not necessarily stand up to scrutiny when it comes to master…

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9thMay
2018

Trustees need to engage more on climate change risk

Rory Murphy argues there is no excuse for pension trustees to be taking a back seat on climate change risks…

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9thMay
2018

Crew Welfare: Why pensions matter

Rory Murphy, Chair of the maritime industry’s pension fund – the Ensign Retirement Plan, brings it back to basics, and…

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9thApril
2018

Ensign Retirement Plan cuts Annual Management Charges

Ensign Retirement Plan cuts Annual Management Charges Always with its members’ interests in mind, the Trustee announces a reduction in…

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23rdMarch
2018

Maritime employers risk crippling fines in UK pensions overhaul

Companies that employ seafarers or offshore workers could face civil penalties for failing to auto enrol eligible employees. Maritime businesses…

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2ndFebruary
2018

Blog post: Inspiring women in maritime

Marketing Director Jemima FitzMorris shares her thoughts on roles for women in the maritime sector and the gender pay gap.…

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26thJanuary
2018

Power to the people

Ensign Retirement Plan Chair, Rory Murphy, says real and positive changes in the industry are best achieved if they reflect…

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26thJanuary
2018

A pension plan specifically for the maritime industry

A pension plan specifically for the maritime industry writes Bryony McCabe in SuperyachtNews. Bryony looks at how the Ensign Retirement…

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8thDecember
2017

Blog Post: The role of advisers

In the third of his blog series, Ensign Retirement Plan Chair of Trustees, Rory Murphy, considers the hot topic of…

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15thDecember
2017

Blog Post: To infinity and beyond

In this, the last in this series of blog posts ‘Thoughts from the Chair’ Rory Murphy, Ensign Retirement Plan Chair…

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27thNovember
2017

Blog Post: The issue of education

Continuing his blog series, Rory Murphy, Ensign Retirement Plan Chair of Trustees, gives us his take on the world of…

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24thNovember
2017

Blog Post: So what’s in store for the future of pensions? Ponderings post PLSA Annual Conference

Ensign Retirement Plan Pensions Director, Ivan Laws, reflects on the highlights of the PLSA Annual Conference 2017 Apparently many of…

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7thNovember
2017

Blog Post: The future role of trustees

Never one to miss an opportunity to challenge the ‘norm’, Rory gives us his thoughts on four key areas –…

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10thOctober
2017

Trustees must do more to share best practice, says Rory Murphy, Chair of trustees.

Letter: Trustees as well as investment consultants must address weaknesses. The following letter was published in Professional Pensions on 4…

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11thJuly
2017

FCA report into asset managers should highlight best practice

Rory Murphy, Chair of Ensign Retirement Plan Trustees Limited and MNOPF Trustees Limited On the 28th June 2017, the FCA…

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21stJune
2017

New champions for maritime pensions inspired by Nautilus…

The following article was published on the Nautilus International website on 20 June 2017: Residents at the Nautilus Mariners’ Park Estate in…

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13thJune
2017

Blog Post: The future of DC pension provision. Is it all black holes and elephants

I recently attended a roundtable event for industry professionals where we gathered, peered myopically at each other’s name badges and…

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1stMay
2017

Ensign Retirement Plan – demonstrating its quality credentials

Ensuring the Ensign Retirement Plan is managed to high standards, and with the appropriate controls, is very important to our…

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25thJanuary
2017

Master trust regulation: How do you define ‘sufficient capital’

Ensign Retirement Plan's Strategy, Operations and Communications Director, Phil Boyle has written a blog which is featured in this months'…

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9thJanuary
2017

Ensign Retirement Plan CEO joins PLSA Master Trust Committee

Andrew Waring is one of 13 industry representatives who have been appointed to the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA)…

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6thJune
2016

Pension Quality Mark Accreditation

Ensign Pensions Limited has achieved PQM Plus accreditation for our employees through our participation in the Ensign Retirement Plan. This…

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