Council fund pins impact allocation to health and employment projects

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.

Tesco succumbs to DB burden, schemes urged to monitor covenants

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Loss-making supermarket giant Tesco took a further step towards ending its defined benefit provision this week, as it began formal discussions to close to new members and future accrual. 

LGPS funds feel the pressure as local pension boards get off the ground

Public sector pension funds are under pressure to compile their pension boards ahead of the August 1 deadline, but some report being “stretched” by the wait for guidance on the reform.

NAPF call for pension commission wins support, practical barriers remain

Industry experts have backed the National Association of Pension Funds’ call for a long-term plan to protect savers’ interests, but question the viability of extricating pensions from politics.

Battle of growth v consolidation in DC market

Pension providers should cut costs by close to a third to capitalise on opportunities in the UK’s defined contribution market, a white paper has said, but consultants questioned the potential for new market entrants.

Are you an informed investor?

Any other business: Following a romp to all-time highs the FTSE 100 stuttered last week, with slips by multinationals and financials. More than ever, trustees must be engaged investors to ensure scheme decisions deliver good outcomes.

Comment & Analysis

Editorial: Not Tesco's finest hour

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Closing a defined benefit scheme to future accrual is no longer considered a controversial move in the private sector.

How trustees can tackle those 3am woes

Bath Actuarial's Leonard Bowman discusses the nightmares that can keep trustees awake at night – including succession planning, disaster recovery and making the best use of 'trusted advisers' – and suggests some useful remedies. 

Pot-follows-member: how it could work

Aries' Ian Neale gives a snapshot of where the small-pot consolidation project currently stands and points to where there could be further changes.

Video

The Review: Poised for freedom but questions remain

Countdown to April part 3

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).

The Review: Why the DC charge cap will fall further

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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).

The Review: 'Massive uptick' in larger DB funds exploring transfers

PE Review countdown – 26.01.15

Video: What effect are the flexibilities having beyond the world of DC? In the first of our three Countdown to April videos, JLT Employee Benefits' Mark Wood and Eversheds' Tim Smith explain how DB schemes are dealing with the knock-on effects of the reforms (6:08).

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