Rise in member contributions at Scottish Power shows impact of online tools

Energy company Scottish Power has seen a tenth of its stakeholder pension plan up their contributions following the introduction of a member portal that models pension outcomes and warns if an individual is likely to miss their target.

RM deficit reduction highlights need to be proactive

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Online teaching tools supplier RM has shortened its recovery plan and reduced its deficit by more than £10m using a combination of contributions, updated member information and a buy-in.

Scottish ruling creates confusion for pensions lawyers

Pensions lawyers need guidance on how to treat antiquated or onerous scheme rules, experts have said, after Scotland’s highest appeal court ruled that a legal firm must pay more than £62,000 to the Scottish Solicitors Staff Pension Fund.

Behind the painted veil: How transparency influences retirement outcomes

The pensions industry must address conflicts of interest ingrained across its systems, delegates heard at the transparency symposium last week, as the Financial Conduct Authority clamps down on the asset management industry.

Just say it

Editorial: Last Monday a debate took place in the House of Commons after campaign group Women Against State Pension Inequality had handed over a petition asking for transitional arrangements.

Corporate schemes shore up portfolios with fixed income and LDI allocations

Data analysis: UK corporate defined benefit schemes upped their allocations to fixed income in the last quarter of 2015, data show, as trustees took the opportunity to hedge out further risk by increasing liability-driven investments.

Comment & Analysis

Just say it

Editorial: Last Monday a debate took place in the House of Commons after campaign group Women Against State Pension Inequality had handed over a petition asking for transitional arrangements.

Corporate schemes shore up portfolios with fixed income and LDI allocations

Data analysis: UK corporate defined benefit schemes upped their allocations to fixed income in the last quarter of 2015, data show, as trustees took the opportunity to hedge out further risk by increasing liability-driven investments.

Investment lessons from DB

Duncan Buchanan

Talking Head: Defined contribution schemes could pool assets and risk to improve returns, says the Society of Pension Professionals' Duncan Buchanan.

Video

DB schemes more risk aware after decade of seismic shifts

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Video: The Pension Protection Fund has published its 10th annual version of the Purple Book, which provides an update on the defined benefit landscape. Andy McKinnon, chief financial officer, explains what the key findings tell us about the risks facing schemes (4:02).

Autumn Statement and DC code – a big week for pensions

Autumn Statement 2015

Video: Steve Webb, director of policy for Royal London, and Kevin LeGrand, president of the PMI discuss how the spending review affects auto-enrolment and what the draft DC code means for trustees (05:37).

October's top stories in 3 minutes

Vizcast Oct 2015

Vizcast: In the latest Pensions Expert video round-up, editor Maxine Kelly and deputy editor Sandra Wolf give an overview of the month's most significant case studies and industry announcements, including Debenhams' funding move and changes at the NAPF (3:43).  

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