DC design: Six graphs on employers' direction of travel

From the blog: It’s time to turn words into action. While schemes have been extolling the feted ‘better member outcomes’, little movement is taking place to turn hopes and dreams into components of success.

Today’s survey findings from consultancy Aon Hewitt, gleaned from around 300 defined contribution pension schemes, show that more than half (57 per cent) have placed this focus on outcomes at the very top of their agendas.

But those same schemes are failing to help themselves and their members monitor this journey effectively.

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M&S completes re-enrolment, experts warn of governance risks


Marks & Spencer Pension Scheme has successfully completed re-enrolment, having reached the three-year staging anniversary, but experts say schemes should review their processes to avoid tripping over nuances in the rules.

Auto-enrolment pause button 'unhelpful' for momentum

An "emergency pause" could be triggered if auto-enrolment frameworks become overwhelmed by surging demand, but industry commentators say the government’s contingency plan “damages the momentum” behind the rollout of the initiative.

Shared pain, shared gain: Will risk-sharing get its day in the sun?

News Analysis: Collective defined contribution schemes have been put on ice by the pensions minister though the idea could come back on the agenda in the future. But are UK employers ready for risk-sharing?

How consumer behaviour is changing schemes’ property portfolios


News Analysis: The evolving habits of UK consumers have compressed yields across the retail property sector over recent years, but experts say there are still attractive opportunities for pension fund investors searching for returns.


SPV helps Johnson Matthey reduce deficit by £145m

Johnson Matthey Pension Scheme has reduced its deficit by around £145m after taking a raft of measures to address its funding shortfall, including the creation of an asset-backed contribution vehicle comprised of third-party bonds.


Comment & Analysis

What difference can switching to CPI make?

John Broome Saunders

What difference does a percentage point in inflation make? The difference between a deficit and no deficit, argues Broadstone's John Broome Saunders, who compares the RPI and CPI measures.

How underpricing political risk could hit pension funds

Madeline Forrester

As the UK considers future relations with Europe, MFS Investment Management's Madeline Forrester explores what a possible exit means for UK pension funds.


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).  

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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