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Past events

Nest Insight conference 2022

Date and time: Thursday 7 July
Location: YouTube (Live stream)

Nest Insight’s annual conference returned this summer to share research insights and foster expert debate on issues around retirement and broader financial security. Our sixth annual conference brought together academics, industry, policymakers and other experts working towards long-term financial security for low-and moderate-income workers.

Watch the day’s live-streamed sessions:

Welcome address | Watch session

  • Will Sandbrook, Nest Insight

Panel discussion | Watch Session

UK pension regulations mandate minimum pension contributions to be made into an individual’s pension by both employers and employees. Beyond this there are a wide range of approaches to supporting employees to save enough to achieve an adequate outcome in retirement through different pension contributions structures. Employers are also increasingly thinking about how to support broader employee financial wellbeing, particularly in the current economic context. But, to what extent is it an employer’s role to support their employees’ financial security? In what ways could an employer have most impact? And what are the barriers to employers doing more?

In this session we shared some early findings from our research programme, supported by abrdn Financial Fairness Trust, exploring opportunities for innovation and voluntary increases in employer contributions to pensions and other financial workplace benefits, and featured a range of different employer perspectives on these questions.

  • Moderator: Matthew Blakstad, Nest Insight
  • Alyshia Harrington-Clark, Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA)
  • Jack Jones, Trade Unions Congress (TUC)
  • Jo Phillips, Nest Insight

Panel discussion | Watch session

The UK’s auto enrolment programme has created near-universal participation in the private pensions system, dramatically expanding access to one aspect of wealth-building for low- and moderate-income (LMI) households. At the other end of the spectrum, we’ve increasingly focused on supporting short-term financial resilience through tools to support emergency saving. But what about everything else in between? How should we think about the transition from financial resilience through to building wealth and assets? What barriers to building wealth exist for LMI households? Which forms of wealth could or should they be focused on, and what policy and/or market solutions are needed to support these goals?

This panel took a broad view of household finances, exploring the challenges inherent in different forms of work, the structural challenges in the housing market and what all this means for wealth-building among LMI households.

  • Moderator: Will Sandbrook, Nest Insight
  • Lindsay Judge, Resolution Foundation
  • Joe Richardson, Living Wage Foundation
  • Joanna Smith-Ramani, Aspen Institute Financial Security Program (Aspen FSP)

Keynote | Watch session

Iona Bain is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, speaker and author, and is the UK’s go-to voice on millennial money. Since founding the pioneering Young Money Blog in 2011, she’s gone on to become one of the most respected financial writers of her generation, with a rare combination of accessibility and authority.

  • Iona Bain, Young Money Blog

Closing remarks | Watch session

  • Will Sandbrook, Nest Insight
  • Claire Chamberlain, BlackRock Social Impact
Visit our YouTube Channel to watch all of our event recordings.

Emergency savings summit

Date: Wednesday 18 May 2022
Location: YouTube (Live stream)

In this brand-new event, dedicated to workplace emergency saving, we shared insights from our research programmes and brought together employers, academics, industry and policymakers to discuss and debate:

  • What works in encouraging participation from employees?
  • What barriers to implementing workplace emergency savings programmes exist for employers, and for providers? And how could these be surmounted?
  • What are the measures of success for emergency savings schemes, beyond take-up?
  • What can we learn from international examples?
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13.00 – 13.15 | Watch Session

The Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion, Guy Opperman MP, delivered a welcoming speech at our Emergency savings summit.

  • Will Sandbrook, Nest Insight
  • Guy Opperman MP

1:15pm – 2:25pm | Watch session

This panel brought together evidence from existing research and real-world case studies to illuminate the challenges and opportunities to support employees who are offered workplace savings into taking part.

  • Moderator: Gemma Gooch, BlackRock Social Impact
  • Tim Flacke, Commonwealth (US)
  • Roxana Prisacaru, Money and Pensions Service
  • Jo Phillips, Nest Insight
  • Michelle Sutton, SUEZ
  • Ian Hodson, University of Lincoln

2:45pm – 3:40pm | Watch session

This panel discussed employers’ and providers’ perceptions around workplace saving, including opt-out models, and the challenges to scalability.

  • Moderator: Will Sandbrook, Nest Insight
  • Katie Duxbury, Bupa
  • Lauren Langton, incuto
  • Asesh Sarkar, Salary Finance
  • Jake Attfield, Fair4All Finance

4pm – 4:15pm | Watch session

  • Will Sandbrook, Nest Insight
  • Sarah Melvin, BlackRock UK

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Nest Insight conference 2021

In 2021, we live-streamed sessions from our annual conference for the first time. Our event brought together academics, industry and policy makers to discuss the current state of retirement saving in the UK, and look at what solutions could support savers through the challenges of the last year, to help them build financial resilience now, and in later life.

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Past events from 2021

In the past year, we’ve held several online events. Together with our partners and collaborators, we’ve shared and discussed early learnings from our sidecar savings trial, examined the impact of Covid-19 on low and moderate income savers, published further findings from our ESG and pension engagement research programme and sat down with Ida Rademacher from the Aspen Institute Financial Security Program to discuss their financial security framework for recovery and resilience, and how US policymakers and the financial services industry have responded to the Covid-19 crisis. If you missed any of these events, you can watch all of the recordings here.

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Autumn 2020 events

In autumn 2020, we held a number of online events to share and discuss the latest research findings from our sidecar savings trial, our programme of work on pension engagement, and our analysis into the impact of Covid-19 on self-employed people’s savings attitudes and behaviours. If you missed any of these events, you can watch all of the recordings here.

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Nest Insight online: summer 2020

In summer 2020, we held a series of online events to share knowledge, spark debate and focus on the way forward to support those most financially impacted by Covid-19. If you missed these events, you can watch the recordings here online.

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UK Pension Reforms (1997 – 2015) research launch

On the 5th February 2020, we held an event with the University of Bath and the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) to launch our new research into why and how the UK Pension Reforms (1997 – 2015) were successfully implemented. Our project brought together the previously private recollections of key actors in the establishment and delivery of the reforms and shared them through a ground-breaking series of video interviews and a new report.

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DC Program 2019

In June 2019, Nest Insight partnered with the International Centre for Pension Management (ICPM) and the Aspen Institute Financial Security Program (FSP) to deliver a two-day conference in Vancouver, Canada, bringing together leading experts from around the world to exchange knowledge and ideas on the major issues facing savers and best practice in responding to those issues.

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Nest Insight 2019

Our fourth annual Nest Insight conference brought together academics, policy makers and industry to dig beneath the headline data and explore how auto enrolment has affected people’s savings behaviours and wider financial lives, while questioning what lessons can be learned from comparable models around the world.

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Sidecar savings trial launch event

On Monday 12 November 2018, we officially launched our sidecar savings trial and announced which organisations are taking part in the research.

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Nest Insight 2018

Nest Insight’s annual conference 2018 brought together academics, policy makers and pension experts to explore the future challenges for the pensions industry and identify solutions that can be tested.

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Nest Insight 2017

The Nest Insight 2017 annual conference moved beyond the headlines to explore what longevity means for the ‘defined contribution generation’.

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