PIPA 2018: Have you made the shortlist?

Find out if you have been shortlisted for the 19th annual Pension and Investment Provider Awards organised by Pensions Expert. The winners will be announced at an exclusive black tie dinner at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel in London on May 2.

The Pension SuperFund: Benevolent disruptor or danger to members?

Edi Truell's consolidator has already attracted big name appointments and the attention of the industry, but questions are still to be answered about how to regulate a commercial player in the pensions arena.

PwC probed on Carillion fees and conflicts

MPs have grilled PwC partners on fees and the safeguards the accountancy firm put in place to prevent conflicts of interest arising from its various roles regarding collapsed contractor Carillion.

BT agrees to replace DB with ‘hybrid' scheme

BT has announced the closure of its defined benefit scheme and has agreed to develop a ‘hybrid’ solution with the Communication Workers Union.

Government lowers mastertrust authorisation fees

The government has announced that proposed fees for mastertrust schemes seeking authorisation have been revised downwards.

Fines for DB negligence leave industry split

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Employers who wilfully or recklessly put their defined benefit pension schemes at risk are in the firing line of new punitive fines announced in a government policy statement released on Monday.

Comment & Analysis

How demand for multi-asset strategies is changing

Magnus Spence

Diversified growth funds have been a popular investment choice in the past years; Magnus Spence from market research company Spence Johnson looks at the challenges these products might encounter.

Putting the USS closure debate into perspective

Hugh Nolan

Amid all the debate over actuarial methodologies and affordability, Society of Pensions Professionals president Hugh Nolan says a quick look at contribution rates gives a valuable insight as to whether the public sector is getting a good deal.

What technology means for pensions

John Glen

Two months into his new role, the Treasury’s John Glen reflects on the importance of helping the self-employed save for their retirement.

Videos & Podcasts

Protecting DB pensions: The white paper’s proposals

Podcast: While the government’s recently published white paper on protecting defined benefit pensions included a range of proposals, some issues are still subject to consultation. Gabrielle Holgate, partner at law firm Stevens & Bolton, and Martin Hunter, principal at consultancy Xafinity Punter Southall, talk about the impact of the proposals on schemes and employers. 

Spring Statement 2018: What does it mean for trustees and savers?

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Podcast: There were no major pension announcements in this year's Spring Statement. Instead, Chancellor Philip Hammond focused on debt and growth forecasts, emphasising that there was “light at the end of the tunnel”. Lynda Whitney, partner at Aon, and Hugh Nolan, president of the Society of Pension Professionals and director of consultancy Spence & Partners, discuss the statement, and what it means for pension trustees and savers. 

Switching to CPI: What should trustees consider?

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Video: For many companies with defined benefit pension funds, switching from the retail price index to the consumer price index would significantly decrease their pension liabilities. Duncan Buchanan, partner at law firm Hogan Lovells, and Vicky Paramour, professional trustee at trustee firm Law Debenture, debate what scheme trustees need to consider before agreeing to such a change.

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