WMPF gains 15% by tackling drags on cost and investment

West Midlands Pension Fund has achieved more than 15 per cent return on its investments for the year, as it works to strip away costs and ditch flagging investments.

Smaller schemes take advantage of pooled funds in bumper year for LDI

LDI mandates

Hedged liabilities grew to a record £657bn last year as medium-sized schemes flowed into pooled mandates, but experts have flagged a concentration risk from liability-driven investment's three dominant providers.

Are you managing members' income expectations?

Any Other Business: Pensions got gritty last week. Greek pensioners took to the streets of Athens in protest against the nation's broken pension promises as Tsipras proposed further cuts to retirement incomes in a last-gasp ultimatum. 

The future of DC? Nest unveils retirement blueprint

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Government-backed mastertrust Nest has outlined its plan for providing members with an income in retirement, but experts have said the proposals’ application to today’s defined contribution market is limited. 

Norcros plugs deficit with suite of liability exercises

Kitchen and bathroom accessories group Norcros has reduced its scheme deficit by £1.7m through a series of liability-management exercises, as pension funds see a further deterioration in funding levels.

Regulator talks tough as DC scheme governance falls short

Small and medium-sized defined contribution schemes are falling behind on governance compliance, Pensions Regulator research shows, with the watchdog vowing to use its powers where necessary.

Comment & Analysis

Altmann: DB funding chasm requires investment innovation

Ros Altmann

Pensions minister Ros Altmann sets out her stall on driving forward pension reform, paying particular attention to DB funding. 

Six test points for comparing fiduciary managers

Finch John (teaser)

JLT Employee Benefits' John Finch gives six top tips for trustees to consider when choosing a fiduciary manager. 

Addressing diversity in scheme communications

Karen Partridge

AHC's Karen Partridge details why targeting messages to scheme members is so crucial – and it's getting easier.

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).

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