Lloyds Banking Group completes second trustee board merger

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Lloyds Banking Group now has a single trustee board for its four largest pension schemes, after completing its second pension trustee board merger in three years.

More schemes offering member concessions on DB closure

The number of defined benefit funds undertaking benefit reviews has soared since 2014, recent research has revealed, prompting yet more scheme closures amid a growing tendency to offer member concessions.

Are DC defaults still lagging on ESG?

Master trust Nest is ahead of the curve when it comes to environmental, social and governance considerations, and while other schemes are catching up, there is still a lot of progress to be made.   

Global Pensions Wrap: June 15 edition

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All the big global headlines in pensions and investment from our FT colleagues. A Los Angeles public plan mysteriously sacks its new chief executive, while a Canadian pension giant pours money into self-driving cars.

The clear cost of investment

The clear cost of investment

As the FCA asks schemes to name and shame opaque managers, how do transparent disclosures move from compliance into meaningful action?

Comment & Analysis

Small schemes, big changes: How to tackle the UK governance problem

Vassos Vassou

Dalriada Trustees' Vassos Vassou sees professionalising the UK's trustee boards as a potential solution to the governance failings at small UK schemes. But with few sub-scale schemes able to afford the extra cost, could a regulatory levy be used to boost board expertise?

A sharper pensions system offers savers safe harbour

Angus Peters

If there is any positive to be taken from the downfall of ‘star’ fund manager Neil Woodford, the source of much chatter in the investment world this month, it is that it reminds us of the value of workplace institutions and the collective saving systems we enjoy in the UK, says editor Angus Peters.

What is the most important feature of a good DC scheme?

Data crunch: There is no doubt that defined contribution pension schemes face a large number of challenges in their quest to deliver good member outcomes.

Videos & Podcasts

How will investment pathways help consumers?

Podcast: In January, the Financial Conduct Authority launched its consultation on investment pathways and other proposed changes to its rules and guidance. The consultation closed in April and the watchdog plans to publish its final rules and guidance in July. In this podcast, Jonathan Parker, director of DC and financial well-being consulting at Redington, discusses how investment pathways will help savers make more appropriate choices, and explains why smaller providers should not be exempt from the proposed regulations.

Are you doing enough to engage scheme members?

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Podcast: While technology is helping improve pensions communications across the industry, several challenges remain. In this PE podcast, Shola Salako, trustee representative at Dalriada Trustees, and Rhys Williams, strategy director at communications consultancy Quietroom, discuss the different ways in which schemes and providers can engage with members, and where they might be going wrong.

Is LGPS governance up to scratch?

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Podcast: From asset pooling and actuarial valuations, to administration and data, local government pension schemes have a lot to think about this year – meaning good governance is more important than ever. In this podcast episode, Kirsty Bartlett, partner at law firm Squire Patton Boggs, and Ian Colvin, head of LGPS benefits and governance at Hymans Robertson, discuss potential conflicts of interest, pressure on fund resources and the importance of focusing on administration.