Opening the kimono: Should your scheme be sharing its best practices?

Any Other Business: When we started this feature a year ago this week, its aim was to help trustees get to grips with the more oblique aspects of their role – from how to negotiate the best deal for your scheme in a merger, to what happens if you need to fire a fellow trustee.

Findel forks out £2.3m to repair equalisation error

Findel teaser

Findel Group Pension Scheme has paid more than £2.3m in past-service costs to make good an error in which a member benefit equalisation exercise was implemented incorrectly.

 

Environment Agency fund shares five-point ESG selection test

Environment Agency Pension Fund has detailed the five-point criteria it uses to assess managers for its responsible investments, as it awards £180m to a global sustainable equity mandate.

Accountants issue scheme guide to revised recommended practice rules

The Pensions Research Accountants Group has issued a practical guide to help scheme practitioners fulfil new reporting requirements following last year’s revisions to the statement of recommended practice.

WMPF gains 15% by tackling drags on cost and investment

West Midlands Pension Fund has achieved more than 15 per cent return on its investments for the year, as it works to strip away costs and ditch flagging investments.

Smaller schemes take advantage of pooled funds in bumper year for LDI

LDI mandates

Hedged liabilities grew to a record £657bn last year as medium-sized schemes flowed into pooled mandates, but experts have flagged a concentration risk from liability-driven investment's three dominant providers.

Comment & Analysis

Storing up a scandal? The risks of cashing in annuities

Duncan Buchanan

Talking Head: The Society of Pension Professionals' Duncan Buchanan argues second-hand annuities could lead to a consumer backlash further down the line.

DC Investment Quarterly: Governance drives the game

Schemes are being cautious to ensure any DC design decisions made now are malleable enough to be able to respond to future changes.

Contract-based DC is still playing governance catch-up

Rondel Nicola (teaser)

Improving contract-based DC governance has been a priority, but these plans still lag their trust-based counterparts, says Hogan Lovells' Nicola Rondel.

Video

The Review: Poised for freedom but questions remain

Countdown to April part 3

Video: What unknowns remain on the cusp of April 6? National Association of Pension Funds' DC policy lead Richard Wilson, and partner at consultancy LCP Andy Cheseldine discuss what is left to do and how to manage expectations (5:36).

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