IA comments on the Mansion House speech

Commenting on the pension reforms announced at the Mansion House speech, Chris Cummings, chief executive of the Investment Association, said:

"The IA welcomes the increasing focus on the importance of getting investment right in the UK pension system, whether that be through Defined Benefit (DB) schemes, Defined Contribution (DC) or variations of the two. For DC, an important first step is to reframe the value discussion in order to focus on long-term returns for savers. The new Long-Term Asset Fund (LTAF) is designed in part to facilitate this, by providing both DC pension savers and retail investors with wider access to private markets, which is a central element of the Mansion House Reforms.

"The further measures now announced to drive cultural and practical change will provide additional, positive impetus. We look forward to working with Government, regulators and investors to help deliver the best possible outcomes in the pensions system, while supporting growth in the wider UK economy."

Commenting on the broader points from the speech, Chris Cummings said: 

"The Chancellor’s comments recognise that investment must be at the heart our economy – providing for the financial futures of UK households through pensions that deliver good returns, even in the most challenging economic times, and powering growth by investing in British businesses.

"The recognition of the central role of long term investment is the foundation of successful policy.  "With the right regulatory framework, pension schemes will be able to invest productively and sustainably, unlocking further investment for innovative growth companies, and improving returns for savers by broadening investment options. In tandem with reforms to the listings regime, this will help the UK to become a more globally attractive place for companies to list, invest and do business. "Achieving this new economic dynamism will require the government to bring together regulators, policymakers, and businesses, to create a forward-looking and internationally competitive investment framework, based on a stable, long term policy approach.

"This will also improve the gilt market, ensuring UK government debt remains attractive to domestic and international investors.  

"Delivering these outcomes will require us to strike the right balance between risk and reward and between protection and innovation. Investment managers stand ready to play our part.”


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