2019 PIPAs set to showcase best in industry

PIPAs 2019

The Pension and Investment Provider Awards return for their 20th anniversary edition in 2019. Entries are now open for all categories, including new categories rewarding the UK's best-run pension schemes.

M&B switches to drawdown and moves deferreds to master trust

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The Mitchells & Butlers pension scheme has updated its defined contribution default strategy to target drawdown purchase, directing members to a master trust for retirement provision.

Government fires ‘starting gun’ on superfund deals

A government consultation published last week will allow the UK’s commercial defined benefit consolidators to press ahead with their first deals, it has been claimed, although some experts say questions remain over how the businesses can be prudently regulated.

The Weekly Wrap: December 8 edition


A round-up of the pensions industry stories published across the FT Group – from the Pensions Regulator asking for powers to screen phone records, to European pension funds fretting over protectionism and the unwinding of quantitative easing.

Will poor data standards hinder dashboard success?

News in focus: The Department for Work and Pensions' recently published feasibility study for the pensions dashboard project has been seen as a welcome step towards making dashboards a reality, but compulsion, data cleansing and careful planning are crucial if the initiative is to be a success. 

BT section must stick to RPI, Court of Appeal says

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BT has lost an appeal seeking to allow it to downgrade the inflation protection given to some of its defined benefit members.

Comment & Analysis

What is the global market outlook for 2019?

Karen Ward

Markets are no longer full of the optimism that greeted 2018's arrival, with trade wars weighing on the global economy. Nonetheless, long-term investors with dry powder can find reasons to be excited, writes JPMorgan Asset Management's Karen Ward.

DC governance: How to ensure your scheme is on the right track

David Hutchins

When it comes to ensuring good governance, few things are more important than the process applied to the default investment strategy, says AllianceBernstein's David Hutchins. 

Will DC pensions be the next big litigation target in the UK?

Natalie Flood

A lack of engaged and educated savers in defined contribution means pension money is 'sticky' for providers. Redington's Natalie Flood raises the prospect that where fiduciaries do not tackle legacy issues on behalf of their members, they could open themselves up to a backlash.

Videos & Podcasts

What can we learn from the Barnardo's outcome?

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Podcast: Earlier this month, the Supreme Court ruled that Barnardo’s cannot change the inflation protection it provides to members of its defined benefit scheme from the retail price index to the consumer price index. So, what does the result mean for other DB pension funds and their sponsors? Matthew de Ferrars, pensions partner at law firm Pinsent Masons, and Faye Jarvis, pensions partner at law firm Hogan Lovells, discuss what trustees can learn from the recent Barnardo's outcome.

Autumn Budget 2018: Reaction

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Podcast: Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has delivered his Autumn Budget. To mull over patient capital and what might have been, Alex Janiaud is joined by James Riley, council member at the Society of Pension Professionals, and Steven Cameron, pensions director at Aegon.