New TPR campaign outlines governance basics

The Pensions Regulator has launched a new campaign directed at trustees and their advisers, as part of a wider push to raise governance standards, but experts say its success relies on collaboration and engagement from all stakeholders.

Restructuring professionals call for TPR-PPF merger

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The Pensions Regulator and the Pension Protection Fund should be combined into one streamlined entity and be open to restructuring deals involving pensions where insolvency is not imminent within 12 months, according to restructuring professionals.

Oxfordshire referred to TPR for a second time

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The Oxfordshire County Council Pension Fund has received a second referral to the Pensions Regulator after it failed to submit its annual benefit statements on time.

How valuable are transition managers?

Analysis: Last week, State Street agreed to pay approximately $35m (£26m) to settle a pair of complaints by the Securities and Exchange Commission that it defrauded six institutional investors while conducting transition management services.*

CMA begins consultant investigation as FCA calls trustees 'weak'

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The Financial Conduct Authority has finalised its referral of the investment consultancy industry to the Competition and Markets Authority, beginning an 18-month period of investigation into conflicts of interest in the sector.

Vested interests hamper fintech adoption, start-ups say

Industry interests stop technology from truly benefiting savers through low-cost products, members of the start-up community have said.

Comment & Analysis

Mass production in pensions

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Editorial: Default funds vary wildly in their underlying investments, more research has confirmed, but is this necessarily a bad thing?

Videos & Podcasts

How trustees and employers can support member decisions

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Podcast: How can trustees and employers provide support on members' financial decisions without being subject to regulation? Kate Smith, head of pensions at provider Aegon, and Mike Crowe, trustee representative at Dalriada Trustees, discuss the Financial Conduct Authority's employer and trustee factsheet and what can be done to improve members' financial wellbeing. 

A closer look at the main parties' pension proposals

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Podcast: From a double lock to a flexible state pension age, Malcolm McLean, senior consultant at Barnett Waddingham, and Edward Brown, partner at law firm Hogan Lovells, discuss the pension policies the political parties have proposed in their manifestos ahead of the election on June 8.

DB green paper: Can it strike a balance?

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Video: What do businesses say about the defined benefit green paper's focus on regulation, and where do unions have concerns about member protection? Rachel Smith, principal labour market economist at the Confederation of British Industry and Tim Sharp, policy officer at the Trades Union Congress, give their views.

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