Kingfisher locks in gains as funding hits triggers

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Kingfisher Pension Scheme has continued to progress towards its 2030 buyout target with a £150m shift from return-seeking to matching assets after tipping into surplus.

Longevity v interest rates – which poses the biggest risk for schemes?

Rising life expectancy poses a greater risk to UK corporate pension schemes than low interest rates, a report this week has suggested, but some industry experts have challenged the finding.

Cambridge uni scheme scrutinises opt-outs in prep for re-enrolment

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Cambridge University Assistants’ Contributory Pension Scheme is examining the causes of opt-outs as it prepares to re-enrol members into its hybrid scheme next year.

East Riding moves deeper into niche alts in hunt for yield

East Riding Pension Fund has pushed further into the alternatives space over the past 12 months with an £80m investment in social housing plus increased allocations to aircraft leasing and healthcare royalties.

BBC to lay on financial advice for members looking at transfers

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The BBC is to offer paid-for independent financial advice to help members get the most from the pension freedoms, in particular to support those considering transferring their assets.

Pension savers lack confidence on scams

From the blog: Two in every five people are not confident they could tell the difference between a scam and a genuine investment.

That's according to a survey by financial adviser Portal Financial, which assessed 1,000 people aged over 55 across the UK.

As a result those individuals are vulnerable to investment scams with terms attached that are more attractive than any genuine scheme.

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Comment & Analysis

When the tide goes out…

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Editorial: What a fortnight for pension fund investors. As China failed to stem its stock market rout, bourses the world over shed points as concern peaked that the brakes were being put on growth for the economic powerhouse.

SPP: Tax does have to be taxing

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Talking Head: A move to tax pensions like Isas is on the cards with far-reaching consequences for long-term saving, says the Society of Pension Professionals' Duncan Buchanan.

Why the power of IGCs should not be underestimated

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Investment governance committees lack the power of a trustee board, says Sackers' Helen Ball, but they can still change workplace pensions for the better.

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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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