A slippery slope

Illustration by Ben Jennings

Editorial: European bank shares slid earlier this week as investors became increasingly worried about banks’ ability to pay coupons on so-called coco bonds, or contingent convertible bonds – bonds that turn into equity if a certain trigger event is taking place.

Thomson Reuters trailblazes in-scheme drawdown, but obstacles remain for small schemes

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US-based media company Thomson Reuters has opted to provide in-scheme flexi-access drawdown to UK members in response to pension freedoms, bucking the trend for occupational trust-based scheme offerings in the new environment.

New report demystifies DC asset security

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A new report from the Security of Assets Working Party will provide some much-needed guidance on defined contribution asset security and compensation, advising trustees to adopt a “pragmatic and proportionate approach” to a highly technical area.

Ombudsman ill-health decision underscores complexity for members

Hospital patient

Schemes have been urged to maintain open channels of communication with employers and members around ill-health benefits after an ombudsman determination ruled against a member’s attempt to "rewrite history".

Named and shamed: Should trustees publicly criticise service providers?

Bloomberg

Any Other Business: This week, Financial Times columnist Lucy Kellaway created a buzz by publicly rebuking the head of marketing and communications at technology company Hewlett Packard Enterprise over an email he sent her criticising an article she had written.

Rise in member contributions at Scottish Power shows impact of online tools

Energy company Scottish Power has seen a tenth of its stakeholder pension plan up their contributions following the introduction of a member portal that models pension outcomes and warns if an individual is likely to miss their target.

Comment & Analysis

A slippery slope

Illustration by Ben Jennings

Editorial: European bank shares slid earlier this week as investors became increasingly worried about banks’ ability to pay coupons on so-called coco bonds, or contingent convertible bonds – bonds that turn into equity if a certain trigger event is taking place.

Should member communications be tailored to gender?

Fiona Tait

Women take career breaks more often, live longer and might have different attitudes to finance. Royal London's Fiona Tait looks at whether member communications should reflect that.

Infrastructure projects: The potential and the risks

Mike Wilkins

Michael Wilkins from Standard & Poor’s sets out the key risk factors investors should consider when choosing infrastructure projects.

Video

DB schemes more risk aware after decade of seismic shifts

PPF

Video: The Pension Protection Fund has published its 10th annual version of the Purple Book, which provides an update on the defined benefit landscape. Andy McKinnon, chief financial officer, explains what the key findings tell us about the risks facing schemes (4:02).

Autumn Statement and DC code – a big week for pensions

Autumn Statement 2015

Video: Steve Webb, director of policy for Royal London, and Kevin LeGrand, president of the PMI discuss how the spending review affects auto-enrolment and what the draft DC code means for trustees (05:37).

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).  

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