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In the shoes of a member

Joe Anderson
Joe Anderson discusses the importance of audience when it comes to explaining pension options.

05 February 2016

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Barnet Waddingham recognised for 'outstanding' customer service

Lindsay Sharman
Barnett Waddingham has been assessed as 'outstanding' for its customer service levels for SIPP and SSAS

04 February 2016

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PLSA looks at first six months of pension freedoms

Lindsay Sharman
The Pension and Lifetime Savings Association has published the first major market-wide survey of who did what and why in the first six months of pension freedoms.

04 February 2016

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New PMI partnership to take on workplace education

Lindsay Sharman
The Pensions Management Institute (PMI) has announced a new partnership with WEALTH at work to tackle the lack of financial education in the workplace.

04 February 2016

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Collapsing global oil prices

Neil Buchanan
What does this mean for pension funds?

29 January 2016

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Royal Mail first to receive PASA accreditation

Lindsay Sharman
The Pensions Administration Standards Association (PASA) has announced Royal Mail is the first organisation to achieve reaccreditation.

28 January 2016

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Toughest test is still to come for auto-enrolment

Lindsay Sharman
A new government report into auto-enrolment has concluded that while the roll out has been successful for larger companies, the real test is still to come.

28 January 2016

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Regulator responds to first EU-wide stress test

Lindsay Sharman
The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has endorsed the conclusion of the pension stress test carried out by the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA).

28 January 2016

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How can technology help to make better investment risk decisions?

Tom Nimmo
Tom Nimmo discusses a new Investment Risk Management module and how it has 'seriously improved upon the inadequacies of previous technologies', allowing pension scheme trustees and sponsors to actively monitor their schemes' funding strategies.

22 January 2016

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PASA issues guidance on GMP reconciliation

Lindsay Sharman
The Pension Administration Standards Association has released its first guidance for pension schemes on GMP reconciliation.

22 January 2016

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deVere group CEO issues tax relief warning to savers

Lindsay Sharman
Nigel Green, chief executive officer and founder of the deVere Group, has urged savers to act now on retirement savings ahead of the overhaul of the pension tax relief system.

21 January 2016

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Haringey to invest £200m in green fund

Lindsay Sharman
Haringey Borough Council in London has pledged to invest one third of its equity funds into a low carbon fund.

21 January 2016

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Do less, get more

Candace Benger
PTL's Candace Benger asks; is there a better way to get what you need?

15 January 2016

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DB schemes have more than £1trillion of unhedged interest rate exposure

Lindsay Sharman
UK defined benefit (DB) schemes have more than £1trillion of unhedged interest rate exposure, despite the value of assets held on bonds nearly tripling over the past decades, new research has revealed.

14 January 2016

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PPF appoints two new non-executive board members

Lindsay Sharman
The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has announced two new non-executive board members, Kate Jones and Rosemary Hilary.

14 January 2016

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Top scammer phrases revealed as pension victim numbers soar

Lindsay Sharman
A list of top fraud watchwords for scheme members has been released by ACA Pension Life.

14 January 2016

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Legacies

Lindsay Sharman
Ian Neale looks at what legacies mean for the pensions industry.

08 January 2016

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L&G completes £230m buy-in

Lindsay Sharman
Legal & General has completed the UK's largest medically underwritten bulk annuity deal with a UK defined benefit pension scheme.

08 January 2016

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New mission statement for DC schemes

Lindsay Sharman
Pitmans Trustees (PTL) has created a mission statement for DC scheme trustees.

08 January 2016

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Meeting liabilities is key challenge for pension schemes

Lindsay Sharman
The increased cost of meeting liabilities will be a challenge for both Defined Benefit (DB) and Defined Contribution (DC) pension schemes in 2016, according to BlackRock.

08 January 2016

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Keep your longevity risk SAIFE

David Bogle
David Bogle lays out an 'easy guide to longevity risk'

18 December 2015

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Climate change agreement to impact investors

Lindsay Sharman
Investors needs to consider how the new climate change agreement will change their investment portfolios, according to the head of sustainable funds at Royal London Asset Management.

18 December 2015

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PLSA publishes new guidance on governance policy. 

Lindsay Sharman
The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association has published an updated edition of its Corporate Governance Policy and Voting Guidelines.

17 December 2015

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Green light for second-hand market in annuities

Lindsay Sharman
The news of the government's plan for a new second-hand market in annuities has been greeted with caution.

17 December 2015

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Major shifts in pensions landscape over past decade

Lindsay Sharman
The percentage of defined benefit (DB) schemes now open to new members fell from 43% in 2006 to 13% in 2015, as companies have become more aware of the market and risk, according to new research.

11 December 2015

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Northern Powergrid appoints BlackRock

Lindsay Sharman
The trustees of the Northern Powergrid Pension Scheme have appointed BlackRock to run its bundled trust-based defined contribution (DC) pension scheme.

10 December 2015

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All I want for Christmas is smarter members

Peter Nicholas
"If a bat and ball cost $1.10 and the bat costs $1 more than the ball, then how much does the ball cost?"

10 December 2015

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PLSA launched new Made Simple Guide

Lindsay Sharman
The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association has published its latest Made Simple Guide on "at retirement services".

10 December 2015

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Are we going insane?

Richard Dowell
Richard Dowell looks at how some pension schemes may be repeating past mistakes.

04 December 2015

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Hermes report outlines sustainable strategy

Lindsay Sharman
Hermes Investment Management, the £29.5billion manager, has published a report outlining how to deliver sustainable, risk adjusted returns.

03 December 2015

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Skills academy says employers believe pensions education is important

Lindsay Sharman
73% of employers believe that educating staff on pensions is an essential element of support they provide for employees, according to recent research by the National Skills Academy for Financial Services (NSAFS).

03 December 2015

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LGPS group invests £6.5bn in pooled funds

Lindsay Sharman
The Shires, a group of seven UK Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) funds, is investing £6.5bn in pooled funds managed by Legal & General

03 December 2015

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Second Mover Advantage

Kevin Gundle
Kevin Gundle discusses the advantages of being a latecomer to the market as Aurum launch an Alternative UCITS Fund.

26 November 2015

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Autumn statement: Guidance published for pooling LGPS into wealth funds

Lindsay Sharman
The government has published criteria and guidance for pooling the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) into six 'British Wealth Funds' worth at least £25bn each.

26 November 2015

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PLSA appoints two new policy leads

Lindsay Sharman
The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association has announced the appointments of Tim Gosling as policy lead for defined contribution (DC), and Luke Hildyard as policy lead for stewardship and corporate governance.

26 November 2015

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Autumn statement: Delay to rises in pension contributions

Lindsay Sharman
The government is to save around £840m by delaying planned rises to pension contributions for millions of workers.

26 November 2015

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Pensions Freedoms – have you implemented your 7 Point Plan?

Richard Smith
DB savers want the same freedoms as DC savers; Richard Smith explains how to prepare for this.

20 November 2015

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Companies pledge to make ageing economy more sustainable

Lindsay Sharman
A group of major national and international companies have signed an open letter, pledging to work over the next five years to make the "aging society and economy" more sustainable.

19 November 2015

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Tax confusion over pension reforms

Lindsay Sharman
More than half of the general public are still unsure about what the tax rules are when it comes to taking cash out of pension, new research has found.

19 November 2015

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Consultation on quality mark for retirement products

Lindsay Sharman
The Pension Quality Mark (PQM) has asked stakeholders to respond to its consultation paper on developing a retirement quality mark.

19 November 2015

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Pensions administrators must improve

Lindsay Sharman
Pensions administrators need to "raise their game" in order to meet expectations of members in line with freedom and choice changes, according to the managing director of pensions specialist Trafalgar House.

17 November 2015

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Charities failing to take action on fossil fuels

Lindsay Sharman
Fewer than a third of UK charities have looked at the debated issue of fossil fuel exclusion, according to the second annual Newton Charity Investment Survey.

13 November 2015

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Are we in the midst of the next data quality disaster?

Dennis Mincher
Dennis Mincher looks at potential problems for pension administration caused by new legislative developments.

13 November 2015

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AXA bond to help transition to low carbon

Lindsay Sharman
AXA Investment Mangers has launched a new 'green' bonds fund to provide its investors with access to the growing global green bonds market.

12 November 2015

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German city bans fossil fuel investments

Lindsay Sharman
The City of Munster has become the first German city to ban investments in coal, oil and gas companies in response to climate change.

06 November 2015

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Man Group wins Clwyd Pension Fund mandate

Lindsay Sharman
British hedge fund Man Group has been appointed by the £1.4bn Clwyd Pension Fund to manage its hedge fund investments.

06 November 2015

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Is the pensions industry ready for the future?

Matthew Binnington
Matthew Binnington delves in to the possibilities of the technological future.

06 November 2015

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Aviva and PSP in joint venture into London real estate

Lindsay Sharman
Aviva Life & Pensions UK is investing in central London real estate, in a joint venture with one of Canada's largest pension investment managers.

05 November 2015

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The distant horizon

Ian Neale
Ian Neale explains that exponential growth is not sustainable in a finite world.

30 October 2015

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Niel Gavin joins The Pensions Trust

Lindsay Sharman
The Pensions Trust has appointed a new regional development manager for the South West, as part of its strategy to develop its DB Complete product.

29 October 2015

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Gold standard for Hymans Robertson

Lindsay Sharman
The Pensions Administration Standards Association (PASA) has awarded its gold standard in administration to independent consultancy Hymans Robertson.

29 October 2015

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Pension funds must protect against cyber criminals

Lindsay Sharman
Pension funds must protect members from cyber security threats as the number of pension fraudsters rises.

29 October 2015

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Beware: pension scams are on the increase

Malcolm MacDougall
As new figures published by City of London police disclose that £9.1 million worth of scams have been reported in the period April to August 2015, what steps can individuals take to avoid the scammers?

22 October 2015

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New report calls for swift action on insufficient pension freedoms

Lindsay Sharman
A new report from the Work and Pensions Committee has called on the government to act swiftly to give people more information about pensions.

22 October 2015

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Half of DB schemes are paying out more than they receive

Lindsay Sharman
Findings of a pensions analysis report show half of FTSE350 DB schemes are already cashflow negative - or soon will be.

22 October 2015

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Online auto-enrolment guide launched for small employers

Lindsay Sharman
The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (formerly the National Association of Pension Funds) has launched an online service designed to guide small employers through auto-enrolment for the first time.

22 October 2015

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Volatility is the future

Ceri Pugh
William Hague and Stephanie Flanders speaking at the NAPF conference this week talk of volatile times ahead. 

19 October 2015

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I'm a Candy Crush addict

Peter Nicholas
AHC's Peter Nicholas looks at how we react to gamification and how we retain information through different stimuli.

19 October 2015

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The NAPF becomes the PLSA

Neil Blain
Joanne Segars announces that the NAPF has changed and is now The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association. 

16 October 2015

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PMI members oppose radical change

Lindsay Sharman
Improving the current pensions system is better than significant change, according to the findings of survey from the PMI.

16 October 2015

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Raising the game

Garry Wake
Garry Wake comments on how Freedom and Choice in pensions has affected the administration sector.

12 October 2015

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Why being conventional can be more risky

Helen Prior
Helen Prior looks at how using an alternative approach to de-risking is a safer way to reduce liabilities.

09 October 2015

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PAN Governance named independent trustee for Deloitte

Lindsay Sharman
PAN Governance has been appointed independent trustee of the Deloitte Pensions Master Plan - a master trust arrangement consolidating defined benefit schemes into a single trust.

08 October 2015

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Transparency concern at Buck Consultants

Lindsay Sharman
New research from Buck Consultants at Xerox found that despite a competitive market there are still concerns about transparency at UK pension schemes.

08 October 2015

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L&G calls for flat rate of pensions tax relief

Lindsya Sharman
The chief executive of Legal & General Nigel Wilson says a flat rate of pensions tax relief of 20% should be introduced.

08 October 2015

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Swedish national pension funds may drop Volkswagen

Lindsay Sharman
The third Swedish national pension fund, AP3, has announced plans to drop Volkswagen AG as an investment option as the emissions scandal continues to affect returns.

01 October 2015

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Pension specialist warns of charity trap

Lindsay Sharman
Charities are being given a "Hobson's choice" by legislation that forces them to keep either funding further unaffordable benefits or to settle an unaffordable cessation cost.

01 October 2015

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New NAPF council chairs announced

Lindsay Sharman
Frank Johnson and Richard Butcher will be the new chairmen of the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) Defined Benefit (DB) and Defined Contribution (DC) councils.

01 October 2015

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Welsh pension funds to merge holdings

Lindsay Sharman
Eight local government pension schemes (LGPS) in Wales are to procure a joint passive equity manager.

25 September 2015

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New DC pensions head at Legal & General

Lindsay Sharman
Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) has announced the appointment of Katharine Photiou to head of workplace DC – product & proposition.

25 September 2015

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Pensioners pay multi-billion pound income tax bill

Lindsay Sharman
UK pensioners pay more than £17.5billion in income tax every year, according to new analysis of recent ONS data by Prudential.

25 September 2015

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What's in store for PPF levies?

Alan Collins
Alan Collins reminds trustees and employers that PPF levy management is an all year round activity.

25 September 2015

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PIP to secure funding for Thames 'super sewer' project

Lindsay Sharman
The Pensions Infrastructure Platform (PIP) has announced it will help secure funding for the Thames Tideway Tunnel project

18 September 2015

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What's your Fraud Prevention Strategy?

Monica Cope
Monica Cope highlights the importance of being safeguarded against fraud

18 September 2015

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Legal & General to manage £13bn National Grid assets

Lindsay Sharman
A long-term strategic partnership between National Grid UK Pension Scheme and Legal & General will oversee £13billion of assets.

17 September 2015

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Under 30s thinking about retirement plans

Lindsay Sharman
Generation Y - the so-called millennials - are thinking about retirement plans earlier than ever, according to new research from the National Skills Academy for Financial Services (NSAFS) and AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM).

17 September 2015

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Value for Money

Alison Bostock
PTL's Alison Bostock draws on her experiences to address the topic of Value for Money in pensions

11 September 2015

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Pensions Trust launches new website

Lindsay Sharman
The new Pensions Trust website aims to provide more information to current and prospective clients about its services.

10 September 2015

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Better corporate reporting to close gender pay gap, says NAPF

Lindsay Sharman
The NAPF has published its submission to the government's consultation Closing the Gender Pay Gap.

10 September 2015

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Pensions Regulator will protect Docklands Light Railway pension scheme members

Lindsay Sharman
The Pensions Regulator has published details of its funding investigation into the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) Pension Scheme.

10 September 2015

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The cost of fragmentation

Ian Neale
Ian Neale discusses negative results of undue changes to the pension system

04 September 2015

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New service for trustees to assess value of DC Schemes

Lindsay Sharman
A new service from Buck Consultants at Xerox allows trustees to meet new governance standards laid out by the Pensions Regulator.

04 September 2015

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Seven LGPS funds to join forces

Lindsay Sharman
A group of seven local government schemes are working together on an initiative for passively managed assets.

04 September 2015

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Fossil fuel not the future

Lindsay Sharman
Calls for further divestment from fossil fuels came from environmental leaders at a conference on divestment in France.

04 September 2015

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Charities and LGPS – a toxic mix?

David Davison
David Davison sheds light on the relationship between Charities and LGPS

27 August 2015

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Pension providers will turn away small businesses for auto-enrolment

Lindsay Sharman
Small businesses with fewer than 30 employees could face being turned away by pension providers for auto-enrolment schemes.

27 August 2015

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DB pension transfer requests double

Lindsay Sharman
Pension transfer requests from DB schemes to DC schemes have doubled since the pension reform in April, according to research from one provider.

27 August 2015

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New Prudential deal with Legal & General

Lindsay Sharman
Prudential is addressing pension challenges in its new longevity reinsurance deal with Legal & General.

27 August 2015

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Leroy is on his last legs

Peter Nicholas
 Peter Nicholas asks trustees to think about ways to engage with pension clients

21 August 2015

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Ex-Barings director joins Momentum Global Investment

Lindsay Sharman
Alex Garton has been appointed head of institutional sales at Momentum Global Investment Management (Momentum GIM).

20 August 2015

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Norwegian fund divestment over environmental concerns

Lindsay Sharman
Norway's sovereign wealth fund is removing four Asian companies from its investment portfolio for ethical reasons.

20 August 2015

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Pensions regulator issues new guidance for DB trustees

Lindsay Sharman
The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has published the first in a series of guides for trustees of DB occupational pension schemes to help them apply the DB funding code of practice.

20 August 2015

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De-risking in the good times and the bad

Richard Dowell
Do de-risking strategies actually lead to greater risk?

14 August 2015

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BT to invest £1bn in private equity

Lindsay Sharman
BT's pension scheme is investing GBP 1bn in private equity through Hermes.

13 August 2015

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Former pension fund director says merging local funds will undermine investment

Lindsay Sharman
The government's proposal for LGPS funds to pool assets will undermine the freedom of individual funds, according the former director of West Midlands Pension Fund.

13 August 2015

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Manchester pension fund invests £10m in renewable energy

Lindsay Sharman
Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) has committed GBP 10bn to community-scale renewable energy projects.

13 August 2015

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Pensions Regulator warns SMEs to act now on auto enrolment

Lindsay Sharman
The Pensions Regulator issued warning to 1.8 million small and micro employers to check when they must meet new workplace pension duties.

07 August 2015

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Northern firms make the most generous pension contributions

Lindsay Sharman
More than a quarter of SMEs in the north of the country are planning to pay more than the minimum auto-enrolment contributions.

07 August 2015

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Transaction Cost Car Crash

Colin Musgreaves
Colin Musgreaves raises concerns over the complexities of new regulations and asks, who will explain?

07 August 2015

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Major review launched to improve financial advice to consumers

Lindsay Sharman
A major new review by economic secretary to Harriet Baldwin will examine how financial advice could work better for consumers.

07 August 2015

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The Importance of the 'E' in ESG

Adam Sweidan
Aurum's Adam Sweidan calls for the investment industry to help preserve the environment

07 August 2015

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To tax or not to tax? That is the question

Angela Burns
Angela Burns notes the concerns and benefits of scrapping tax relief on pension contributions

31 July 2015

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Security firm calls for pension scheme safeguarding

Lindsay Sharman
Veratta has urged the government to do more to help protect pension scheme members and their sensitive information from scammers.

31 July 2015

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10million pension pots 'not checked'

Lindsay Sharman
An 'alarming proportion' of UK pension pots are being left unmonitored, new figures suggest.

30 July 2015

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Pension fraud has tripled since reform

Lindsay Sharman
Pension fraud worth GBP 4.7million has been reported by members of the public in May, according to Action Fraud, part of the City of London Police.

30 July 2015

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Is your scheme ready for digital transformation?

Monica Cope
Veratta's Monica Cope urges the pensions industry to mitigate the risk of cyber crime

24 July 2015

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The Pensions Trust appoints new regional development manager

Lindsay Sharman
Paul O'Sullivan has been appointed as regional development manager for the north by The Pensions Trust.

24 July 2015

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BAE Systems appoints Hymans Robertson for seven DB schemes

Lindsay Sharman
BAE Systems Group Pensions Schemes appoint Hymans Robertson to provide scheme actuary services across all of its pension schemes.

23 July 2015

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ONS auto-enrolment figures send clear message to government

Lindsay Sharman
Latest figures released by the ONS show that since 2012, total contributions are increasing, but median contribution rates are lower.

23 July 2015

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Small pension savers still struggling for choice, says NAPF

Lindsay Sharman
The National Association of Pensions Funds (NAPF) has published new research into pension savers plans under the new Pension Freedom reforms.

16 July 2015

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Pension Trust assets now at more than £7bn

Lindsay Sharman
The Pensions Trust, one of the leading workplace pension funds in the UK, has seen its assets increase to more than £7billion, a rise of 18 per cent from May 2014.

16 July 2015

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ShareAction launches policy vision for pensions success

Lindsay Sharman
A new report from ShareAction, the charity that promotes responsible investment, says the UK pensions market is too complex for savers.

16 July 2015

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PIP secures £1bn for investment into UK infrastructure

Lindsay Sharman
The Pensions Infrastructure Platform (PIP) has secured more than £1bn of commitments from pension schemes to invest into UK infrastructure.

10 July 2015

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Summer Blues Budget

Ian Neale
Pensions under the cosh again: anything new? Ian Neale looks at the next round of budget changes for pensions.

10 July 2015

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Chancellor announces pensions measures in Summer Budget

Lindsay Sharman
The July Budget has been met with a mixed response after the Chancellor George Osbourne announced a range of measures that will impact the pensions industry.

10 July 2015

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Staffordshire Housing Association in £22m deal with M&G Investments

Lindsay Sharman
M&G investments has struck a deal with a housing association to secure long-term cash flows for its pension fund clients.

09 July 2015

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One in three pension holders to leave larger inheritance

Lindsay Sharman
More than a third (36%) of private pension holders are more likely to leave an inheritance or larger amount to their children following the introduction of new rules on pension assets.

03 July 2015

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The Power of Automation

Christopher Shortt
Christopher Shortt of Spence & Partners details the process of automating DB pension schemes. 

03 July 2015

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£6bn will be withdrawn from pensions in first year of freedoms, says Hymans Robertson

Lindsay Sharman
The government is set to make GBP 1.2billion in tax revenue this financial year after GBP 6billion is withdrawn from pension pots.

03 July 2015

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NAPF launches new financial education service

Lindsay Sharman
A new education service will offer seminars across the country for pension schemes and individuals approaching retirement.

02 July 2015

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A failure of logic

Peter Nicholas
Peter Nicholas seeks to understand why it's always about the nail...

26 June 2015

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Four UK pension schemes commit to PV Fund

Lindsay Sharman
The Pensions Infrastructure Platform (PiP) and Aviva Investors have today announced first close on the solar photovoltaics (PV) fund.

26 June 2015

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NAPF concern over secondary annuity market

Lindsay Sharman
The National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) has expressed a number of concerns in response to HM Treasury's consultation, 'Creating a Secondary Annuity Market'.

25 June 2015

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Confidence in workplace pensions reaches highest ever level

Lindsay Sharman
Employer-based pension schemes are seen as the safest way to save for retirement

25 June 2015

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Helping your pension grow old gracefully

Andrew Stewart
Andrew Stewart explains how longevity swaps could help manage the risk of running a pension fund

19 June 2015

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Pension deficit increases by £5bn

Lindsay Sharman
Pension schemes have made little progress towards reducing deficits, according to pension consultants Barnett Waddingham.

18 June 2015

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Pension liabilities outstrip GDP for the first time, says Hymans Robertson

Lindsay Sharman
Figures released this week from independent pensions, benefits and risk consultancy Hymans Robertson, show that the financial cost of settling liabilities has reached £2tn.

18 June 2015

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TFL pension fund appoints BlackRock for £3.8bn investment mandate

Lindsay Sharman
Transport for London (TfL) has selected BlackRock to manage liability-driven investing (LDI) and passive equity portfolios totalling £3.8bn assets.

18 June 2015

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PASA announces GMP Working Group members

Lindsay Sharman
The Pensions Administration Standards Association (PASA) has announced the members of its GMP working group.

16 June 2015

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How to save time and money when keeping track of deferred members

Paul Lalwan
Paul Lalwan calls for the UK to emulate other countries and track our pension benefits, co-operation from pensions administrators is much needed.

12 June 2015

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Reform must be given time to work, says pensions minister

Lindsay Sharman
The government will not force pension providers to deliver on promised freedoms, in order to give reform a chance to work.

11 June 2015

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Image for Aviva Investors completes new funding arrangement for 307 homes

Aviva Investors completes new funding arrangement for 307 homes

Lindsay Sharman
Global asset manager Aviva Investors has announced a new funding agreement with Genesis Housing Association.

11 June 2015

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The Judiciary contest new pension scheme reform in an unparalleled legal case

Ceri Pugh
The Judicial reform Stage 2 which was introduced in April 2015 and initially proposed by the coalition government presents an unwelcomed new pension scheme for the judiciary.

05 June 2015

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Auto enrolment – there's nowhere left to hide

Ceri Pugh
Workplace pensions provider NOW: Pensions says auto enrolment needs to be taken more seriously with fines for small companies at £500 per day

05 June 2015

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June 5th, Divestment day for Norway

Ceri Pugh
As fossil fuel divestment becomes one of the fastest campaigns of its kind in history the world's largest pension fund is set to divest from coal.

05 June 2015

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What drives your Employer Covenant?

Ricjard Smith
Monitoring the performance of a company is a full time job for many investors; Richard Smith outlines a few keys issues for Trustees to consider.

04 June 2015

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Who is looking after your information securi-tea?

Monica Cope
Monica Cope discusses the importance of protecting pension member data from cybercrime.

28 May 2015

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Image for TISA urges Government to adopt a new manifesto for savings

TISA urges Government to adopt a new manifesto for savings

Lindsay Sharman
A pan-industry project to encourage savings and tackle debt culture has been launched by the Tax Incentivised Savings Association (TISA).

28 May 2015

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Diversified growth funds see fivefold growth

Lindsay Sharman
Assets in Diversified Growth Funds (DGFs) have grown almost fivefold in five years, according to figures from investment consultant Punter Southall.

28 May 2015

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Pensions Regulator publishes annual funding statement

Lindsay Sharman
The Pensions Regulator has set out its analysis of the market in its 2015 annual funding statement.

28 May 2015

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Image for NAPF launches new guide to security fraud

NAPF launches new guide to security fraud

Lindsay Sharman
The NAPF has published a new Made Simple Guide, offering pension funds an introduction to procedures available to pursue legal claims when affected by securities fraud.

21 May 2015

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Image for Aviva completes Social Housing Fund arrangement in North Wales

Aviva completes Social Housing Fund arrangement in North Wales

Lindsay Sharman
Global asset manager Aviva has completed a new funding arrangement for 177 affordable homes in Wales.

21 May 2015

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Image for New minister must tackle local government deficits, says Joanne Segars

New minister must tackle local government deficits, says Joanne Segars

Lindsay Sharman
Priorities for the new local government minister include tackling deficits, according to findings of a recent survey by the NAPF

21 May 2015

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Investment governance – what a dog's dinner

Richard Butcher
Richard Butcher faces the challenges of a trustee and provides a helpful aide to ensure the answer is always at hand

20 May 2015

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BlackRock launches new fund for DC schemes

Lindsay Sharman
BlackRock has launched a new fund to help defined contribution schemes construct default solutions that comply with the new regulations around charge caps.

15 May 2015

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Welcome Dr Altmann!

Ian Neale
Ian Neale placates the unease towards a new pensions minister

15 May 2015

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Ros Altman appointed new pensions minister

Lindsay Sharman
Pensions expert and economist Dr Ros Altmann has been appointed the new pensions minister, taking on the role from Liberal Democrat MP Steve Webb, who lost his seat in the general election.

14 May 2015

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AON conference outlines key pensions issues

Lindsay Sharman
Pension fund members need extra support and a one-size fits all approach is no longer enough, according to experts from global insurer and risk manager, AON.

14 May 2015

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All Change For Pension Scheme Accounts

Craig Coulter
Craig Coulter disusses the three significant changes brought by the revised SORP.

08 May 2015

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New auto-enrolment service for SMEs launched

Lindsay Sharman
Pensions specialist Johnson Fleming has launched two new solutions for the UK's small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as increasing numbers reach their auto-enrolment staging dates this year.

07 May 2015

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Falkirk pension fund to benefit from social housing grant

Lindsay Sharman
A multi-million pound grant for a social housing initiative in Falkirk, Scotland has been brought forward, generating additional income for the council's pension fund.

07 May 2015

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Image for Global debate on fossil fuel divestment heats up

Global debate on fossil fuel divestment heats up

Lindsay Sharman
Fossil fuel divestment is hitting the headlines once again this week.

07 May 2015

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You can't cram for your retirement

Peter Nicholas
AHC's Peter Nicholas asks why is it we need to learn some lessons the hard way?

01 May 2015

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Trade bodies join forces to call for independent retirement savings commission

Lindsay Sharman
British Insurers (ABI) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) make the case for a standing independent retirement savings commission.

01 May 2015

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Hayman appoints Spence & Partners for DB Scheme

Lindsay Sharman
Spence & Partners announced their appointment by the Hayman Limited Retirement Benefits Scheme for their fully integrated DB scheme management service.

30 April 2015

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PMI announces new council members for 2015

Lindsay Sharman
The PMI election results are as follows...

30 April 2015

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Image for Batten down the hatches, it's election time

Batten down the hatches, it's election time

Emma Adair
Cardano's Emma Adair lays out the possibilities of the upcoming election and what this may mean for UK pensions.

27 April 2015

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Freedom, choice and transaction costs

Richard Butcher
Richard Butcher highlights the overlooked issues and costs of April's changes.

27 April 2015

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Political parties need long term pension plans, says NAPF

Lindsay Sharman
The National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) has urged the major political parties to consider the long term when it comes to pensions.

24 April 2015

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Trade association appoints Now: Pensions to oversee auto enrolment

Lindsay Sharman
The NFRN chooses Now: Pensions to provide high quality low cost pensions

23 April 2015

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Image for Tesco cuts to DB pension scheme 'not surprising'

Tesco cuts to DB pension scheme 'not surprising'

Lindsay Sharman
A senior financial consultant has said he is "not surprised" that Tesco plans to close its DB pension scheme.

23 April 2015

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Dude, where's my yield?

Iain North
Iain North of Aurum Funds asks whether it is right (or logical) to make investors pay for lending their money

17 April 2015

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Help for small firms with auto-enrolment

Lindsay Sharman
A five-step guide for small businesses that miss their auto-enrolment deadline has been launched by workplace pensions provider Now: Pensions.

17 April 2015

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NAPF responds to FCA's DB to DC transfers consultation

Lindsay Sharman
The NAPF has responded to the FCA consultation which sets out their revised regulatory approach to advice on DB to DC transfers.

16 April 2015

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New qualification for pensions transfers

Lindsay Sharman
A new pensions qualification has been launched for pensions professionals wishing to offer advice on pension transfers.

16 April 2015

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New Japan Head for AXA IM

Lindsay Sharman
AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) today announces the appointment of Francisco Arcilla as Head of Japan.

10 April 2015

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Online daily valuation system, So what?

Alan Collins
Alan Collins looks at how daily updates could improve scheme efficiency.

10 April 2015

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BlackRock appoints independent governance committee for pension schemes

Lindsay Sharman
A new committee has been appointed by BlackRock to oversee contract-based workplace pension schemes for UK clients.

09 April 2015

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NAPF research programme explores impact of pension freedoms

Lindsay Sharman
The National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) has published research findings on what pension savers (aged 55-70) plan to do with their retirement in the light of new pension freedoms.

09 April 2015

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Cyber Security – Who's hiding in plain sight?

Monica Cope
Veratta's Monica Cope urges all to check how they protect their information from cyber crime.

02 April 2015

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Pension schemes fear new accounting rules could raise costs

Lindsay Sharman
One fifth of pensions professionals fear that the new Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) for pension scheme accounting could raise the cost of preparing statutory accounts, according to a recent survey.

01 April 2015

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RWC launched Japan Focus Fund

Lindsay Sharman
Investment manager RWC Partners has launched RWC Nissay Japan Focus Fund, which has day one investors totaling approximately $40m with a significant pipeline.

01 April 2015

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Deloitte draws up seven-point Trustee checklist

Lindsay Sharman
With less than a week to go before the pension reforms come into force on 6 April, Deloitte has drawn up a checklist for pension scheme trustees.

01 April 2015

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F&C Investments appointed by Dutch supermarket pension fund

Lindsay Sharman
Coop Pensioenfonds has appointed F&C Investments, part of BMO Global Management, to manage its liability matching portfolio.

26 March 2015

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Pension guidance phone line launched

Lindsay Sharman
Pension Wise, a phone line from HM Treasury to give guidance ahead of April's pension reforms, opens two weeks before the changes take effect.

26 March 2015

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Pension Protection Fund sells £150m stake in Harworth Estates Property Group

Lindsay Sharman
The PPF has sold its stake in Harworth Estates, the property group split from UK Coal, back to Coalfield Resources.

26 March 2015

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Image for Tata Steel to close British Steel final-salary pension

Tata Steel to close British Steel final-salary pension

Lindsay Sharman
The historic British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS) is to be closed in a move that could affect about 16,000 workers.

20 March 2015

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Not in the Public Interest

Ian Neale
Ian Neale looks at the cons of selling annuities in return for a lump sum

20 March 2015

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Newton appoints non-executive board directors

Lindsay Sharman
Newton Investment Management, part of BNY Mellon, has announced the appointment of Henrietta Jowitt and Susan Noble as independent non-executive directors to its board.

19 March 2015

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Chancellor confirms pension changes in Budget 2015

Lindsay Sharman
Chancellor George Osbourne announced a cut in the Lifetime Allowance (LTA) and an extension to pension freedoms to 5m annuity holders, in his final budget before the general election.

19 March 2015

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One size doesn't fit all

Neil Copeland
Neil Copeland of Spence & Partners looks at the barriers of DB Mastertrusts and seeks to find an alternative.

13 March 2015

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London Assembly votes to divest from fossil fuels

Lindsay Sharman
The London Assembly has today passed a motion calling on City Hall and the London Pension Fund Authority to divest from fossil fuels.

12 March 2015

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Image for Morgan Advanced Materials appoints BlackRock to manage £200m assets

Morgan Advanced Materials appoints BlackRock to manage £200m assets

Lindsay Sharman
The trustees of Morgan Advanced Materials' pension schemes - The Morgan Pension Scheme and The Morgan Group Senior Staff Pension and Life Assurance Scheme - have appointed BlackRock as fiduciary manager for their combined assets of around £200 million.

12 March 2015

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MPs call for independent pensions commissions

Lindsay Sharman
The Work and Pensions Committee, the group of MPs appointed by the House of Commons to examine the Department for Work and Pensions, has recommended establishing an independent pensions committee to advise on future policies.

12 March 2015

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Pension Schemes Bill receives Royal Assent

Lindsay Sharman
The Pension Schemes Bill has received Royal Assent to become official legislation ahead of freedom and choice taking effect from 6 April.

06 March 2015

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Anyone for Ping Pong?

Peter Nicholas
Peter Nicholas realises the scope of online communications and how the pensions industry could benefit.

06 March 2015

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Pension funds play key role in Eurostar buy out

Lindsay Sharman
A group of British pension funds have secured 10 per cent of rail company Eurostar as the UK government sold off its share of the company for GBP 585.1m.

05 March 2015

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Danish funds to divest from fossil fuels

Lindsay Sharman
Danish academics, engineers and lawyers are set to vote on divesting their €32bn (£23bn) pension funds from the fossil fuels that drive climate change.

05 March 2015

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Defined Benefit: Where do we go next?

Steve Berkovi
Cardano's Steve Berkovi looks at the options for Trustees when faced with the question: to buy-in or to buy-out?

27 February 2015

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AXA Wealth launched new planning model

Lindsay Sharman
AXA Wealth is to launch a new financial planning model in response to the planned pension reforms in April.

27 February 2015

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Pensions commission needed to tackle pension uncertainty

Lindsay Sharman
A new report has called on the government to introduce a new independent pensions commission to help savers to secure adequate retirement income.

26 February 2015

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Deloitte launched defined benefit pensions master trust

Lindsay Sharman
A multi-employer pension plan specifically for defined benefit (DB) schemes has been launched by Deloitte.

26 February 2015

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Control freaks versus pensions flexibilities

Debbie White
Debbie White highlights the concerns raised by fellow director at PASA asking: Are we ready for April?

20 February 2015

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Image for MPs' pension pot under threat from 'carbon bubble'

MPs' pension pot under threat from 'carbon bubble'

Lindsay Sharman
The GBP 478million Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund is in danger of taking a financial hit if they do not divest from fossil fuels, a group of MPs and Lords has warned.

20 February 2015

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EU launches landmark green paper

Lindsay Sharman
The European Commission has launched its landmark project to unlock funding for businesses in Europe.

20 February 2015

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Image for UK Pensions Minister calls for new pensions department

UK Pensions Minister calls for new pensions department

Lindsay Sharman
The government should form a new department to incorporate pensions, long-term savings and care, according to pensions minister Steve Webb.

19 February 2015

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Governance is key

Richard Smith
Richard Smith of Spence and Partners reflects on the issues discussed at the recent ACA conference and discusses the road ahead for pensions.

13 February 2015

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UK pension funds push for responsible investment

Lindsay Sharman
Sixteen of the UK's largest pension funds have joined forces to ensure asset managers fulfil the promises they make regarding responsible investment.

13 February 2015

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Lancashire fund to administer fire fighters pension schemes

Lindsay Sharman
A pension scheme for Merseyside fire fighters will be administered by the Lancashire Pension Fund from April this year.

12 February 2015

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Largest African pension fund chooses Standard Bank

Lindsay Sharman
Africa's largest pension fund, GEPF, has chosen Standard Bank to provide a full range of investor services for its R1.5-trillion of assets under management. 

12 February 2015

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