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NEST wins Best use of DC & Hybrid Structures at IPE Pension Fund Awards

The National Employment Savings Trust (NEST), the automatic enrolment pension scheme for UK employers, has been awarded Best Use of Defined Contribution & Hybrid Structures at the IPE Pension Fund Awards.

A panel of expert judges recognised the scheme in a number of areas including its state-of-the-art DC plan structure, coverage and asset allocation strategy, its suite of 47 single-year target date funds offering optimum investment flexibility and its comprehensive investment criteria, including Sharia, ethical and higher risk funds.

Commenting on the award, Mark Fawcett, chief investment officer at NEST said:

“Winning such a prestigious award in the company of our European peers is a great acknowledgment of the hard work and effort that has gone into designing NEST's unique range of Retirement Date Funds.

“NEST has been built from the ground up to provide a highly sophisticated and competitively charged investment solution for employers wanting to meet all of their duties under automatic enrolment.”

At a recent event in London Helen Dean, managing director of scheme development at NEST, argued that increased uptake of the NEST scheme by employers could see charges fall over time.

NEST already boasts low annual management charges (AMC) of 0.3% of total funds in a pension. This would mean that a worker with £10,000 in their pension would pay an AMC of £30 a year. Scheme members will also pay a charge of 1.8% on new contributions made, which pays for the cost of setting up the scheme. However, this charge could drop as membership numbers swell.
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