John Laing targets speedy return to full funding

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The John Laing Pension Fund has agreed a recovery plan worth £171m to be paid over seven years by its sponsor, infrastructure investor John Laing, following an actuarial valuation.

Cornwall agrees new private credit allocation

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The Cornwall Pension Fund is set to make an allocation to private credit, an asset class increasingly popular among schemes as tightened bank regulation has opened up a new range of investment options.

CPS 'auto-protection' call reignites freedoms debate

Thinktank the Centre for Policy Studies has highlighted the need to shield savers from financial risks in later life through the idea of “auto-protection”, with the introduction of auto-drawdown, followed by auto-annuitisation at age 80. 

Face-to-face comms can sweeten 'unpalatable' news

With the world of pensions constantly changing, employers and trustees are investing more time, effort and resources into liaising with members, but face-to-face communication has been deemed particularly effective when it comes to bad news.

Better trusteeship key to any future DB plans

Efforts to improve the level of experience and competence of trustee boards must not come at the expense of diversity, politicians have warned, as dealing with groupthink remains a key concern in defined benefit pensions.

Delays in transfer value process threaten member outcomes

The Pensions Regulator has been asked to look at streamlining the process for providing cash equivalent transfer values, after complaints from advisers that delays in schemes providing necessary information meant members were missing out.

Comment & Analysis

Dawn of the dashboards?

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Editorial: The pensions dashboard will, it is hoped, change the way people look at their pension in more than the literal sense.

A PPF levy for schemes without a substantive sponsor

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The PPF’s David Taylor explains the proposed new levy for schemes without a sponsor, and reveals that further stakeholder input will be sought.

Transparency is not just about cost

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Cost is important, but transparency can also give investors a better grip on risk, says Redington's Dan Mikulskis.

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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.

How the PLSA's taskforce wants to change DB

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Video: As the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association has highlighted four areas for potential change to the defined benefit landscape, Ashok Gupta, who chairs its DB Taskforce, talks about the proposals and the taskforce's aims.

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