10 points every IGC should consider when judging VFM

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From the blog: Independent governance committees have been tasked with assessing the value for money of their provider’s workplace personal pension plans.

But most IGCs are currently grappling with the issue of what value for money means and how they should assess it

So, what would be reasonable for IGCs to consider when assessing value for money? 

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Scheme hunger for alts drives fragmentation and innovation

From the blog: Scheme maturity as well as changes to regulations and accounting rules have been the driving factors behind portfolio diversification over the past 50 years, boosting pension scheme appetite for alternatives and overseas investments.

Asset manager UBS's annual Pension Fund Indicator report points to greater fragmentation and larger allocations to overseas assets as key trends for pension fund investors.

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Is engagement keeping pace with pension participation?

Engagement must keep pace with participation

Data analysis: With pension provision expected to rise exponentially over the coming two years – especially in light of the regulator's revised auto-enrolment forecast for smaller employers – it is increasingly important to monitor the links between participation and engagement.

What your scheme could learn from the PPF's approach

What your scheme could learn from the PPF's investment approach

The Pension Protection Fund has further increased its scheme funding level to 115 per cent and experts have said other defined benefit schemes could adopt its risk management approach to improve their results.


How schemes should react to Carney rate rise hint

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News analysis: The Bank of England has bolstered expectations of a rate rise by the end of the year, but experts have said while schemes should not overreact, they should consider their position ahead of any changes.

Stamp dealer takes adviser to task over admin issues

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Stamp trader Stanley Gibbons sought redress from a former adviser after issues were raised concerning the company’s scheme rules, a move that has cost the scheme £1.7m in legal fees.

Comment & Analysis

What are pension input periods and why do they matter?

Ian Neale

The rules on pension input periods are changing and are about to make life even more complicated, says Ian Neale

LPFA: Government gives vote of confidence to proactive LGPS funds

Susan Martin

Talking Head: The government’s decision to reward ambitious funds that deliver savings and strong investment performance is a marker in the sand in addressing LGPS deficits, says LPFA's Susan Martin.

How to cut costs through shared services

Matt Riley

Schemes can benefit from cost efficiency by sharing services with their peers, says PTL's Matt Riley.


Video: Regulator promises 'short, punchy' DC code

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Video: The Pensions Regulator's chief executive Lesley Titcomb outlines the watchdog's key areas of focus – including a revision of the DC code, the freedom fallout and mastertrust assurance, and touches on the argument for a single regulator (6:11). 

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