How much should you channel members’ ethical views?

Any Other Business: It is natural in a democratic society to expect your voice to be heard. In pension schemes this is channelled through the member-nominated trustee, but when it comes to seeking your members’ views, how much is too much?

Webb: Why widening the AE net risks its delicate consensus

Steve Webb

From the blog: There is currently a logical fallacy in the pensions world that runs like this: First, pensions are a Good Thing. Second, millions of people are excluded from auto-enrolment.

Conclusion: We must bring millions more people into auto-enrolment.

While I agree with the premise, the conclusion simply does not follow.

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Isa set-up fails to win over pensions crowd

The industry has broadly rejected a wholesale shift of the current pension tax system towards an Isa-style approach, but some have woven together several ideas in an attempt to better incentivise saving.

FCA targets lifestyling laggards in latest consultation

FCA (Getty)

Employers and providers are being compelled to address the suitability of default 'lifestyling' strategies in defined contribution schemes as part of a wider consultation by the City watchdog to improve the pension market for consumers. 


Welsh funds reach impasse on asset-pooling plans

Welsh local authority pension funds have made progress on mapping the road towards pooling their assets, but along with their peers are awaiting further details on the criteria around governance, size and cost.

Advisers flock to Nest but micro employers slow to arrive

Mastertrust Nest has experienced increased take-up of its professional services online hub in the run-up to the biggest waves of auto-enrolment stagers next year, but micro employers’ preparations are still lagging behind expectations.

Comment & Analysis

Many happy returns

Illustration by Ben Jennings

Editorial: Happy birthday China. The people’s republic is 66 this week. It is celebrating with a suitably extravagant garland of floral sculptures including trains, rockets, castles, satellites and even skiers – a nod to the country being awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics.

How smaller schemes can flex their shareholder muscles

Janice Turner

For too long smaller pension schemes have struggled to have their shareholder voices heard. The AMNT's Janice Turner explains how even the smallest investors can get involved.

LPFA: Seize the opportunity

Sir Merrick Cockell

The LPFA's new chair, Sir Merrick Cockell, says the argument for change across the LGPS is undeniable and schemes should seize the opportunity.


Video: Regulator promises 'short, punchy' DC code

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Video: The Pensions Regulator's chief executive Lesley Titcomb outlines the watchdog's key areas of focus – including a revision of the DC code, the freedom fallout and mastertrust assurance, and touches on the argument for a single regulator (6:11). 

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