PPI: Small employers may seek pay cuts to make up auto-enrolment cost

A report released last week found smaller employers may consider decreasing basic pay to implement auto-enrolment, while experts said implementing the reform will lead to a focus on benefit structure. 

Unite mulls launching CDC scheme as unions back risk sharing

Unite is considering establishing a collective defined contribution scheme, as union groups voice their support for defined ambition benefit structures that share risk between employees.

Imperial Tobacco ups employer contributions after funding drop

Imperial Tobacco has increased contributions to its UK defined benefit scheme to boost its winding-up funding level, which has dropped by 12 percentage points, according to its latest valuation.

One in four executives taking cash in lieu of pensions

The number of FTSE 250 executives taking taxable cash supplements instead of pensions has risen, according to a survey, as the way high-earners receive benefits has changed in light of lower lifetime and annual allowance limits.

Court of Appeal upholds crown guarantee for BT Pension Scheme

The court of appeal has ruled to uphold a crown guarantee given to the BT Pension Scheme, making the government responsible for ongoing liabilities should the employer fail.

Barking and Dagenham plans social housing investment to hedge inflation

The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Pension Fund plans to invest around £25m in social housing in order to hedge against inflation and diversify away from traditional assets.

Comment & Analysis

Snowdon: 'unseen army' of non-IFAs could deliver guidance guarantee

Margaret Snowdon

In this edition of Informed Comment, PASA's Margaret Snowdon argues the guidance guarantee should be brought in for all major benefit choices, such as joining or leaving a pension scheme, and delivery need not be restricted to regulated advisers.

Building a multi-asset credit portfolio that delivers alpha

Threadneedle Investments' Jim Cielinski takes pension fund investors through the building blocks of a strong multi-asset or multi-sector credit strategy, in this week's Technical Comment.

Editorial: Longevity, BT, and our print break

1000-year-old person

Longevity risk has been on everyone’s mind since telecoms giant BT announced a behemoth deal to hedge 25 per cent of its total exposure to longevity improvements.

Video

The Review: UKSIF calls on schemes to reconsider sustainable investment policies

Tom Dines, Simon Howard and Ralph McLelland

Video: Simon Howard, chief executive at sustainable investment trade body UKSIF, and Ralph McClelland, senior associate at Sackers, discuss the Law Commission's report on fiduciary duty, including the impact of its distinction between financial and non-financial factors (5:37).

How Nest will respond to Budget changes

Mark Fawcett

Video: Mark Fawcett, chief investment officer at Nest, discusses the state-sponsored mastertrust's forthcoming consultation on how its investment strategy should change in light of the Budget reforms (5:03).

CBI lays out employer reform concerns

Neil Carberry

Video: Neil Carberry, director for employment and skills at the CBI, gives the employer's view on this year's historic pension changes, from the at-retirement flexibility bestowed by the Budget to the government's plans on defined ambition (5:38).

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