News & Insights

Please see below for recent announcements and industry insights from the DWA team.

Record volumes of bulk annuity transactions were completed in the first half of 2018, with £7.8bn completed, figures from consultancy Lane Clark & Peacock (LCP) have found.

These figures surpassed the previous £6.9bn half-year record set in 2014, the year before pension freedoms came into force.

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When government steps in

Resonating in the current SA debate is Britain's experience of a cap on fees. Dean Wetton evaluates the pros and cons.

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Dean Wetton Advisory working with Bluesky

Master trusts take too much risk in run-up to retirement, consultancy warns

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Dean Wetton warns about the impact of Labours proposed Robin Hood tax

The City has hit back at Labour's proposals to impose a 'Robin Hood' tax on financial transactions if it wins the General Election, warning that the tax will "inevitably" hit the savings of pensioners

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Dean Wetton comments on Mastertrust performance

FN analysis of 15 pension master trusts' returns shows diverging fortunes, but a bear market would hit some of the strongest performers far harder than others

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Smart Beta

DWA’s view on smart beta. Joe McGrath of Financial News reports, May 2014

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Award winning clients

Congratulations to Santander for being named Financial News Pension Scheme Sponsor of the Year

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Award winning clients

Congratulations to Legal & General Worksave Mastertrust for being named Financial News Pension Best Pension Scheme Governance

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Award winning clients

Congratulations to Legal & General Worksave Mastertrust for being named Financial News Pension Best Pension Scheme Governance

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Industry left reeling after Osborne's pensions 'bombshell'

DWA believe the pension reforms are likely to lead to further growth in outsourcing pensions to mastertrust. Mark Cobley of Financial News reports, March 2014

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In Focus

DWA participate in the roundtable discussion on Defined Contribution Investment. Portfolio Institutional 2013

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The Value of Governance

DWA submission to The Work and Pensions Committee

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Group Personal Pension V Mastertrust

DWA talk about the governance gap between them. Ceri Jones reports in Employee Benefits May 2013

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Marcus Evans EPI Summit 2013

DWA’s Presentation on Governance

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Asset International Chief Investment Officer: 'Is Lifestyling dead?'

DWA comments on the drawback of Lifestyle investment strategies in AiCIO April 2013

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In Focus

DWA participate in the roundtable discussion on Fiduciary Management. Portfolio Institutional 2013

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Islam and social enterprise

Dean Wetton comments on Sharia compliant investment strategy. The Guardian Jan 2013

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Citywire Gatekeeper: Dean Wetton of Dean Wetton Advisory

We discuss what sort of investment products we like

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DWA’s philosophy on fund manager selection

DWA is interviewed by Brendan Maton of about fund manager selection, Aug 2013

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L&G's new governance structure for contract pensions

DWA is to provide independent investment advice to both L&G mastertrust and contract pensions. Mark Cobley of Financial News reports, May 2013

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Pensions – not sexy but critical

DWA is the guest blog on the Employee Owned Association and discussed pensions in an Employee Owned environment, Oct 2012

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DWA on DC defaults

DWA is quoted by Pensions Week, Feb 2012

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DWA announces the development of a diversified Sharia fund for its clients

DWA has worked with Emirates NDB to develop a diversified Sharia Funds for BlueSky Pension Scheme and Pensions Umbrella Trust

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DWA submission on Automatic enrolment and NEST to the Work and Pensions Select Committee

We think that NEST has an unfair implicit government guarantee and small businesses will rely on this in their evaluation of workplace pension options

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Master trusts offer the best way forward for pension providers

This article by DWA was published by Financial News on 17 September 2012

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DWA becomes a member of the Employee Ownership Association

DWA joined the EOA network in August 2012. The Association is a network of more than a hundred companies with anything from significant to majority employee ownership, or plans to become co-owned

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Passive equity is an asset allocation, not an objective

This article appeared in Financial News on 9 July 2012

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DCIF: Aiming high

DWA authored a report on active governance in defined contribution pensions, highlighting the dangers of neglect, the benefits of regular reviews and five things that can be done now to improve member outcomes

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Are Defined Benefit pensions really golden? Maybe there is an alternative

Why we think defined contribution (“DC”) is better than DB. Dean Wetton digs beyond the obvious

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