How devolution could affect your scheme

Scheme professionals have predicted devolved tax and welfare powers to Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland could increase the cost of administering schemes which have members across the UK, though others doubt the impact.

Consultants call for more flexible DC retirement products

Industry figures have called for flexibility to be built in to defined contribution solutions, as the first post-Budget products aimed at members looking to draw down income at retirement reach the market.

USS weighs in on active v passive debate

FT Investment Management Summit: The Universities Superannuation Scheme has extolled the virtues of internal active equity management but criticised external managers for not consistently adding value.

The Pensions Trust to open doors to private sector DB as employers outsource

The Pensions Trust plans to start accepting private sector employers into the scheme from late October, hoping to attract the growing number of small and medium-sized companies outsourcing the management of defined benefit schemes.

Tesco chooses cash flow matching over strategic asset allocation

FT Investment Management Summit: Tesco Pension Fund has moved away from strategic asset allocations towards a risk-based investment strategy, which allows the scheme to get the right mix of assets to meet future cash flows. 

Somerset and Devon tighten shared admin strategy to boost employer comms

Somerset County Council Pension Fund and Devon County Council Fund will establish a formal administration strategy in order to improve communication between the schemes and its participating employers.

Comment & Analysis

Regulator: the AE capacity crunch has not materialised

Talking head: The Pensions Regulator's Charles Counsell argues that the anticipated capacity crunch for auto-enrolment did not materialise, but non-compliance is expected to rise.

Four steps to a targeted, practical covenant review

In the latest edition of Technical Comment, Spence's Marian Elliott runs through four steps that schemes can take to achieve a successful employer covenant review.

Editorial: Into the unknown?

Split down the middle...

The prospect of Scottish independence has moved in the past week from an interesting theoretical question to a huge potential headache.

Video

PPF: Levy will only drop if funding outstrips targets

Policymakers – PPF

Video:  The Pension Protection Fund's chair Lady Barbara Judge and chief investment officer Barry Kenneth discuss the challenges facing the UK pensions lifeboat, including the levy and the regulation facing its derivatives investments (7:11).

The Review: Are schemes choosing smart beta over hedge funds?

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Video: Redington's Aniket Das and Fulcrum Asset Management's Suhail Shaikh discuss scheme interest in smart beta multi-asset investments and the pros and cons of the strategy as a hedge fund alternative (5:38).

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