Plymouth & South West Co-op introduces illiquids and cuts DGFs

The Plymouth & South West Co-operative Society pension fund is decreasing its diversified growth fund exposure and introducing a new allocation to illiquid credit.

Chatbots, GDPR and scams: Is admin in for a sea change?

Technological advances could mean pensions administration is about to become a lot sexier, but while cyber security evolves humans still need education if the industry is to protect pensions data and money.

RSA calls for pensions tax reform to boost saving for self-employed

The Royal Society of Arts has published wide-ranging recommendations seeking to tackle the four key barriers to saving for the self-employed, underpinned by a call to introduce a flat rate of tax relief on pensions contributions.

Savers misjudge lifespans, as experts call for comms overhaul

Savers are underestimating their life expectancy, with ‘survival pessimism’ potentially driving the unpopularity of annuities, according to a new report.

Hounslow drops Capita and heads for West Yorks

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The £991m London Borough of Hounslow Pension Fund will enter into an administrative partnership with the West Yorkshire Pension Fund following the imminent conclusion of its contract with third-party administrator Capita.

Associated British Ports consults on accrual change

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Associated British Ports has proposed to change the accrual rate for its defined benefit pension scheme, in a bid to cut costs and focus on fairness while keeping the scheme open to accrual.

Comment & Analysis

PLSA: Signpost savers towards default pathways

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Default decumulation options are needed and can work with freedom and choice, says the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association’s George Currie.

Admit mistakes and encourage discussion to prevent repetition

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Sean Burnard from Law Debenture Pension Trustees explains how creating a learning culture, seeking diverse opinions and carrying out premortems can help trustees avoid making new mistakes or repeating old ones.

One year out, Brexit is still a major pensions risk

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Market volatility may be the Brexit-related phenomenon that most hurts UK pension schemes, writes EY’s Gordon Wood, but the decision to leave the EU also has implications for sponsor covenants and regulation.

Videos & Podcasts

How will the UK's first pension superfund work?

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Podcast: The UK's first superfund was announced in March, a day after the government encouraged the creation of commercial consolidators in its long-awaited white paper on the defined benefit sector. Alan Rubenstein, chief executive of The Pension SuperFund, discusses how the vehicle will work, and when it might absorb its first DB scheme. 

Mastertrust draft code sets out TPR expectations

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Video: The Pensions Regulator will support mastertrusts with a new code, which is subject to consultation, setting out what will be required under the new regime due to come into force in October. Kim Brown, head of master trust authorisation and supervision, explains what the regulator will be expecting mastertrusts to demonstrate.

Do savers want CDC?

Podcast: As the government edges closer towards allowing the introduction of collective defined contribution schemes, Kevin Wesbroom, senior partner at consultancy Aon, and Will Aitken, director at consultancy Deloitte, go head to head over CDC.

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