Lafarge, Channel 4 and Lloyds feature in the top five derisking stories of 2014

Many schemes worked hard this year to make a dent in their pension fund deficit as liabilities soared, employing methods ranging from simple payment increases to complex recovery plans.

Nationwide, Strathclyde and British Coal among top five 2014 investment stories

Ditching hedge funds, the rise of responsible investment and the growing success of property mandates have all featured in a tricky year for UK pension fund investment.

Nest, M&S and Kingfisher in 2014's top post-Budget case studies

The chancellor's 2014 Budget in March sparked off a year of almost unprecedented change in pensions, seeing an immediate response from some employers on providing retirement flexibility.

Ombudsman's RBS ruling builds pressure on scheme comms

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Pension schemes have been encouraged to increase the pre-retirement education given to scheme members, after the pensions ombudsman found the RBS Group Pension Fund “failed in [its] duty of care" to one member.

Schemes say cost-saving key advantage of technology

Pension schemes put time-saving and cost-saving first when it comes to their reasons for using technology, rather than engaging scheme members or informing advisers, a survey has found.

Berkshire makes co-investments to profit from food supply chain

The Royal County of Berkshire Pension Fund has announced investments in the global food and water supply chain, with a private equity mandate investing in two US start-ups driving sustainable consumption.

Comment & Analysis

Altmann: 2015 set to be another big year for pensions

Ros Altmann

Talking head: Our columnist Ros Altmann gives her take on how next year's challenges for both DC and DB schemes will be played out, including auto-enrolment, default funds and DB-DC transfers. 

When is halfway not halfway? Measuring the AE journey

Talking head: Pensions commentator Steve Bee looks at the engagement challenges faced by smaller employers in light of the shift to a more individualist pensions regime.

Editorial: The neverending story

Pen to paper...

How time flies. In print and on the iPad, Monday saw the 45th edition of the relaunched Pensions Expert, and the last of the year. 

Video

IMA: Schemes must bear overall charges cap compliance burden

Jonathan Lipkin

Video: Jonathan Lipkin, director of public policy at the Investment Management Association, says that it is not up to investment managers to take the overall responsibility for ensuring charges are below the 0.75 per cent cap effective from April (5:48).

Altmann: Death tax removal could incentivise people to stay in pensions

Ros Altmann

Video: Independent pensions expert and the government's older workers champion Ros Altmann discusses the Budget changes and the chancellor's further pensions tax announcements (4:18).

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