Osborne's wealth funds target LGPS cost savings to boost infra

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Chancellor George Osborne pushed local authority scheme collaboration forward this week by announcing they would be pooled into six “British Wealth Funds" as part of a plan to ramp up infrastructure investment and reduce scheme running costs.

Existing ties still a powerful influence in fid man appointments

Competition for fiduciary management has been bolstered by a rise in open tenders but existing relationships continue to be a dominant driver behind schemes’ choices and questions remain over the value of the approach.


Webb: Why widening the AE net risks its delicate consensus

Steve Webb

From the blog: There is currently a logical fallacy in the pensions world that runs like this: First, pensions are a Good Thing. Second, millions of people are excluded from auto-enrolment.

Conclusion: We must bring millions more people into auto-enrolment.

While I agree with the premise, the conclusion simply does not follow.

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How much should you channel members’ ethical views?

Any Other Business: It is natural in a democratic society to expect your voice to be heard. In pension schemes this is channelled through the member-nominated trustee, but when it comes to seeking your members’ views, how much is too much?

Isa set-up fails to win over pensions crowd

The industry has broadly rejected a wholesale shift of the current pension tax system towards an Isa-style approach, but some have woven together several ideas in an attempt to better incentivise saving.

FCA targets lifestyling laggards in latest consultation

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Employers and providers are being compelled to address the suitability of default 'lifestyling' strategies in defined contribution schemes as part of a wider consultation by the City watchdog to improve the pension market for consumers. 


Comment & Analysis

What can be done to strengthen quality signposts among TPAs?

Julie Walker

In the absence of a third-party administrator kitemark, Barnett Waddingham's Julie Walker gives her tips on how to spot a quality administrator.

Regulator: Coding for quality — how we're supporting DC

Andrew Warwick-Thompson

Talking Head: The Pensions Regulator's Andrew Warwick-Thompson shares the latest on the Pensions Regulator's revised DC code of practice, reveals findings from its survey on transfers and exit fees, and says where to get help for understanding new DC charges. 

How to tackle risk in a diversified default strategy

Some defined contribution default investment strategies are stuck in the dark ages, says JPMorgan's Simon Chinnery. It's time for more dynamism.


Video: Regulator promises 'short, punchy' DC code

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Video: The Pensions Regulator's chief executive Lesley Titcomb outlines the watchdog's key areas of focus – including a revision of the DC code, the freedom fallout and mastertrust assurance, and touches on the argument for a single regulator (6:11). 

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