The Royal County of Berkshire Pension Fund has announced investments in the global food and water supply chain, with a private equity mandate investing in two US start-ups driving sustainable consumption.
Pensions professionals have said guaranteed minimum pension equalisation will be their biggest project in 2015, a survey has shown, as the end of contracting out forces schemes to undertake exercises.
Legal experts have said a High Court ruling allowing schemes to sell section 75 debts owed to them could reduce their running costs by speeding up the exit of sponsoring employers.
Doncaster council has sought to turn the low interest rate environment to its advantage by taking out £28m in short-term loans to help fund its employer contributions to South Yorkshire Pension Fund.
Retailer Marks & Spencer is exploring offering drawdown to its defined contribution scheme members, as the industry readies itself for April's retirement flexibilities in a tough market for annuities.
The latest revision of the European Commission pensions directive has removed a contentious requirement for trustees to have a "professional" qualification – reigniting debate in the industry on the merits of a minimum standard of training.
Comment & Analysis
Talking head: Our columnist Ros Altmann gives her take on how next year's challenges for both DC and DB schemes will be played out, including auto-enrolment, default funds and DB-DC transfers.
Talking head: Pensions commentator Steve Bee looks at the engagement challenges faced by smaller employers in light of the shift to a more individualist pensions regime.
How time flies. In print and on the iPad, Monday saw the 45th edition of the relaunched Pensions Expert, and the last of the year.
Video: Jonathan Lipkin, director of public policy at the Investment Management Association, says that it is not up to investment managers to take the overall responsibility for ensuring charges are below the 0.75 per cent cap effective from April (5:48).
Video: Independent pensions expert and the government's older workers champion Ros Altmann discusses the Budget changes and the chancellor's further pensions tax announcements (4:18).
Video: The Pension Protection Fund's John St Hill, M&G's William Nicoll and Hymans Robertson's Carl Hitchman discuss fixed income challenges, and how schemes can prepare for the end of the low-rate era (6:00).
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