Vizcast: July's top stories in 3 minutes

Vizcast July TEASER

In this inaugural Pensions Expert Vizcast, editor Maxine Kelly and senior reporter Tom Dines provide a whistle-stop tour of the month's most significant news and case studies (3:10).  

LGPS sharpens focus on collaboration as consultation looms

News analysis: Local authority schemes are poised for the outcome of a consultation on collaboration which could compel them to pool their investment assets to save on costs.


Out of reach: How can we close the trustee skills gap?

Any Other Business: If you’re reading this as a trustee and wondering why so many questions are being asked about the future of the role, chances are you’re among the fraction receiving ongoing formal training.

10 points every IGC should consider when judging VFM

Barker, Francois (Eversheds) TEASER

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.

Comment & Analysis

Nest: Taking the hard work out of doing the right thing

Helen Dean

Talking Head: Nest's Helen Dean explains how the mastertrust is working to align payroll and pension systems to smooth the auto-enrolment journey for smaller employers.

Reviving the argument for an independent pension commission

An independent pension commission is yet to manifest despite industry support, and it is time to reinvigorate the initiative, says Quantum Advisory's David Deidun.

Why it is crucial to get a handle on transaction costs

If defined contribution scheme members are to make confident investment decisions they need to be clear on costs, says Mercer's Andrew Williams.


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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