Alternatives maintained its status as a sought-after asset class in Q1 2015, according to data, as schemes continued to seek reliable income streams and inflation protection.
The Supreme Court this week ruled against trustees of the Olympic Airlines SA Pension Scheme’s claim for greater Pension Protection Fund compensation, but lawyers are calling for a loosening of insolvency criteria for entry into the lifeboat.
Analysis: The double hit of a reduced lifetime allowance alongside proposed changes to tax relief could accelerate the move of higher earners, and some middle earners, towards alternative savings vehicles, experts predict.
Any other business: The fast-growing world of fiduciary management can be a controversial topic for pension schemes, with some saying it can bolster investment strategies, while detractors describe it as nepotistic and lacking transparency.
The Australian experience of defined contribution indicates UK pensioners could deplete their retirement pots too early, a report warns, but experts say what we can learn from overseas systems is limited.
Waltham Forest Pension Fund has begun drawing down its impact investment mandate into a range of projects, as pension schemes increasingly measure the social and environmental effects of their decisions.
Comment & Analysis
Talking Head: Ros Altmann explains why, despite the questions around value, people selling annuities that are not working for them might be the best option all round.
There is no obligation to adopt the range of flexibilities offered by pension freedom – DLA Piper's Ben Miller looks at what trustees need to consider before amending their schemes.
The new pension flexibility extends to additional voluntary contribution schemes just as with all pure defined contribution schemes. Stuart O'Brien, partner at Sackers, explores how defined benefit trustees should keep their schemes on the right side of the law.
Video: Aviva Investors' Mark Versey, plus HR Trustees' Giles Payne and Redington's Kenny Nicoll discuss how underlying investment strategies are evolving (5:47).
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).
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).