Less than 1% opt out at caterer despite seasonal staff headwinds

Catering company Jenkinsons has auto-enrolled around 400 staff with just three opt-outs, despite enrolling a large seasonal workforce.

Cambridgeshire fund tightens payment reporting ahead of regulatory changes

Cambridgeshire County Council Pension Fund has mandated its largest participating employer to detail member contributions, in order to more effectively monitor late payments to the scheme as new reporting requirements come into play.

South Yorks ups property, EMD and high-yield in search for returns

South Yorkshire Pension Fund has increased its allocation to property and placed greater emphasis on emerging market and high-yield debt as it searches for greater balance between risk and returns.

EE ditches gilts for absolute return as institutions hunt yield

The largest UK mobile group’s defined benefit pension scheme is removing a set allocation to index-linked gilts in favour of absolute return bonds and hedge funds, the latest institutional investor to reset its portfolio in a hunt for value.

Schemes face dilemma on annuity brokering services ahead of April

Employers that have put in place annuity brokering services for their defined contribution scheme members have been called upon to rip up or review these set-ups to make sure they are giving savers an adequate view of the market.

LGPS consultation to drive greater member representation

The creation of national and local advisory boards for the Local Government Pension Scheme is expected to improve engagement and representation for members, but could lead to increased cost for compliance.

Comment & Analysis

How to evaluate your investment consultant's impact

Muse Advisory's Anne Kershaw looks at how trustees can evaluate the quantitative and qualitative impact that investment consultants have on schemes, in the latest edition of Technical Comment.

Are hedge funds a luxury schemes could do without?

In the latest edition of Informed Comment, Investec's Atul Shinh discusses hedge fund performance – do they offer pension funds good value for money, or are they a luxury schemes could do without?

Altmann: New pension flexibilities will make it harder to attract members to CDC

Talking head: Pensions commentator Ros Altmann says the new at-retirement flexibilities introduced in this year's Budget will make it harder to attract employers and members to shared risk schemes.  

Video

Altmann: Death tax removal could incentivise people to stay in pensions

Ros Altmann

Video: Independent pensions expert and the government's older workers champion Ros Altmann discusses the Budget changes and the chancellor's further pensions tax announcements (4:18).

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