Surrey looks to lock in gains as funding level rises

Surrey County Council Pension Fund is exploring derisking strategies after its assets made further gains against liabilities since its 2013 triennial valuation.

NAPF: Timescale for Budget's DC reforms 'frighteningly short'

Joanne Segars

Video: Joanne Segars, chief executive of the National Association of Pension Funds, discusses the implications of last month's Budget on schemes, including its retirement guidance guarantee, in the latest edition of Policymakers and Decision-makers (5:12).

TfL faces fresh demands for contract worker DB membership

TfL faces fresh demands for contract worker DB membership

Transport union RMT has reignited calls for all Transport for London employees undertaking work on a contract basis to be allowed to join its defined benefit pension fund.

IBM case a lesson to consider scheme history

Schemes must look at historical context when considering and communicating benefit changes, lawyers have urged, after the High Court ruled earlier this month that technology company IBM breached its duty of good faith with employees when closing its defined benefit scheme.

LDI struggling to penetrate medium and smaller-sized schemes

Liability-driven investment strategies are struggling to gain ground outside larger schemes, with regulatory data indicating just one in 17 medium-sized plans have implemented hedging strategies.

Low-cost passive DC loses ground as schemes seek 'smoothed' returns

The number of FTSE 100 trust-based defined contribution schemes using lower-cost, fully passive management for their default options has dropped by almost a half as diversified growth funds become more popular, research has found.

Comment & Analysis

What overseas DC systems can tell us about the post-Budget landscape

The retirement flexibility brought about by the Budget has left many schemes wondering how to best implement the at-retirement options introduced.

Why high SME opt-out concerns are groundless

Talking head: Steve Bee seeks to dispel concerns that a much higher proportion of auto-enrolled workers at smaller employers will reject their new benefit and so undermine workplace pensions reform.

Editorial: A fair fight?

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The “saver’s Budget” sounded a starting bell in the frankly lethargic DC investment market – which default strategy would win the argument and, more importantly, the flows?

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NAPF: Timescale for Budget's DC reforms 'frighteningly short'

Joanne Segars

Video: Joanne Segars, chief executive of the National Association of Pension Funds, discusses the implications of last month's Budget on schemes, including its retirement guidance guarantee, in the latest edition of Policymakers and Decision-makers (5:12).

How pot-follows-member could work in practice

PE Review – Mushens and Markham

Video: Jeffrey Mushens, technical director at Tisa Exchange and James Markham, managing director of SBC Systems, talk about how technology can help schemes implement pensions consolidation, with both favouring a structure that places the burden on the receiving scheme (5:36).

How the Pensions Trust ensures fiduciary management value

Sarah Smart, the Pensions Trust

Video: Sarah Smart, chair of the trustee board at the Pensions Trust, says its fiduciary management set-up has outperformed its target at lower risk than budgeted for, and explains how the scheme monitors this arrangement (5:56).

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