Manx Telecom calls time on DB, offers suite of DC options

Manx Telecom softens DB closure with DC options

Communication company Manx Telecom eased the closure of its defined benefit scheme last year by providing members with a range of alternative defined contribution options, alongside a sharesave scheme.

DB-DC proposals trigger benefit questions

The Financial Conduct Authority has issued a consultation on transfers out of defined benefit schemes, but experts say a disparity between definitions of money purchase benefits could lead to confusion.

University trust liabilities could rise by a quarter

University self-administered trusts could face a sharp rise in the value of liabilities, industry experts have warned, sparking calls for a review of the sector’s risk exposure and possible consolidation.

SME auto-enrolment prep work exceeds industry expectations

A third of small employers staging in Q1 signed up six months or more ahead of their deadline, but experts have said this encouraging picture could change as micro-employers get set to auto-enrol this summer.

Labour pushes for long-termism among pension fund investors

Labour pushes for long-termism among pension fund investors

Election 2015: The Labour Party manifesto pledged to force pension fund investors to disclose how they vote on remuneration, as part of a wider move to “improve the link between executive pay and performance”.

Essex latest pension fund to commit to direct lending

Essex Pension Fund has become the latest to introduce an allocation to direct lending into its alternatives portfolio, as scheme interest in the asset class ratchets up.

Comment & Analysis

Editorial: Powerful performances


No matter how often political sparring is proved a turnoff for voters, it’s a necessary part of the process and an accepted piece of theatre.

Educating your members on the risk of freedom

Analysis: In the 1998 film Armageddon, while battling G-force in a shuttle around the moon, hero AJ Frost asks: “Is this supposed to be like this?”

Nest: How schemes can tackle home bias with global equities

Nest's CIO Mark Fawcett explains why investing beyond the UK matters to scheme portfolios, and how trustees could attack their global equity strategy to achieve diversification.


The Review: Poised for freedom but questions remain

Countdown to April part 3

Video: What unknowns remain on the cusp of April 6? National Association of Pension Funds' DC policy lead Richard Wilson, and partner at consultancy LCP Andy Cheseldine discuss what is left to do and how to manage expectations (5:36).

The Review: Why the DC charge cap will fall further

PE countdown 24.02 button

Video: Should the 0.75 per cent cap go lower? In part two of Countdown to April, Mark Futcher from Barnett Waddingham and LGIM's Emma Douglas explore how DC schemes are responding to reform (5:37).

The Review: 'Massive uptick' in larger DB funds exploring transfers

PE Review countdown – 26.01.15

Video: What effect are the flexibilities having beyond the world of DC? In the first of our three Countdown to April videos, JLT Employee Benefits' Mark Wood and Eversheds' Tim Smith explain how DB schemes are dealing with the knock-on effects of the reforms (6:08).

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