Cranking up the gears on DC contributions

Any other business: Clarkson and Co’s acrimonious departure from the BBC has left a gaping hole in Top Gear’s line-up, with the loss of the iconic trio leaving the much-celebrated show running on fumes.

LGPS cuts fixed income as schemes prep for rate rises

The Local Government Pension Scheme withdrew more than £1bn from fixed interest securities in the past year, signalling that the sector is preparing for an interest rate rise, investment experts say.

Saga shows dedication to DB with 10-year recovery plan

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Amid the wider trend of scheme closures, over-50s specialist Saga has vowed to keep its defined benefit plan open to members, revealing details of a 10-year deficit recovery plan.

John Lewis deficit swells by £250m, steadfast on strategy

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John Lewis Pension Scheme’s deficit has risen by close to £250m since the start of 2014, but the company plans to stick to its strategic counter-measures agreed earlier this year.

Warwickshire targets yield with infra double play

Alternatives maintained its status as a sought-after asset class in Q1 2015, according to data, as schemes continued to seek reliable income streams and inflation protection.

Olympic Airlines judgment prompts calls for slack in PPF rules

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The Supreme Court this week ruled against trustees of the Olympic Airlines SA Pension Scheme’s claim for greater Pension Protection Fund compensation, but lawyers are calling for a loosening of insolvency criteria for entry into the lifeboat.

Comment & Analysis

DC for a small planet: managing a multinational scheme

As defined contribution schemes become the backbone of retirement saving, multinational companies must reconcile regional idiosyncrasies with global objectives, says Nigel Aston, head of DC at State Street Global Advisors.

Active v passive: It’s not what you do, it’s the way that you do it

The active versus passive management debate is over. James d'Ath, director at Indexx Markets, says it is time to embrace a new middle way.

LPFA: How proper governance can boost fund returns

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Talking Head: As more local authority pension schemes join forces, the LPFA's Susan Martin talks about the importance of independent oversight.


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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