How to choose a professional trustee for your scheme

Any other business: A regulatory burden that has proved too much even for some professional trustees and a challenging investment environment mean running a scheme has arguably never been harder. So should schemes appoint professional trustees, and what qualities do they need to look for?


Brexit speech calms markets but leaves questions over ECJ cases

Prime Minister Theresa May this week laid out the government’s plans for Brexit, prompting questions from the pensions industry over the role of EU law in UK pensions over the longer term.

Government urged to pick up the pieces of failing mastertrusts

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The mastertrust legislation horse is being put before the cart now that the pension schemes bill has reached the House of Commons, as the debate is shifting to who will be the 'funder of last resort'.

Increase caps add to rules lottery amid inflation spike

The consumer price index spiked by almost half a per cent in the year to December 2016, narrowing the ‘rules lottery’ gap between the official inflation measure and the retail price index.

Industry finds no easy answers in dividends v deficits debate

Most FTSE 100 companies could clear their pension deficits in less than two years by withholding dividends, new research says. Experts have called for more focus on the contrast between dividend payments and deficit repair contributions, though others say there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

Cost scrutiny intensifies as TTF calls for select committee inquiry

The Work and Pensions Select Committee has been asked to launch a fresh inquiry into charges levied on pension savings, as campaigners warned price inefficiencies reach far beyond investment costs.

Comment & Analysis

What earns you trust?

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Editorial: Gloomy predictions led to a sliding pound ahead of Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech on Brexit last week, but instead her assertions meant that sterling rose, bringing some hope to currency markets (and those of us who are looking to travel this year).

How the MiFID II policy statement will affect you

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Kim Newell Chebator explains how new MiFID II regulations on data and trading will affect investors from next year.

PPF: Act on levy rules now

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The Pension Protection Fund’s David Taylor reveals what schemes can expect from the PPF’s levy determination at the end of March.


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.

How the rate cut affects your scheme

Lynda Whitney interview on interest rate cut

Video: As the Bank of England has cut rates and launched into a new round of quantitative easing, what are the effects on pension schemes and where can they seek cover? Aon Hewitt partner Lynda Whitney gives answers.

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