Corporate schemes catching public sector on infra

Corporate schemes are catching up with their public sector counterparts in accessing the illiquidity premium of infrastructure investments, taking an increasing share of a growing asset class.

Channel 4 looks to shut off DB accrual to quell deficit increase

Channel 4 plans to close its defined benefit pension scheme after its deficit more than tripled, having paused its consultation to give members a chance to understand the personal impact of the changes.

Stock market growth leaves schemes running high equity risk

The equity market boom has left corporate pension schemes running an increasingly high amount of stock market risk, at a time when many are looking to derisk strategically.

Westminster moves towards global equities to free up managers

The City of Westminster Superannuation Fund has decreased its UK equity holdings in favour of global stocks to give managers greater flexibility and boost performance.

Industry looks for answers for low earners missed by AE

Industry experts have zeroed in on auto-enrolment eligibility and the ‘soft compulsion’ of the government’s workplace pensions reform as areas that could be improved to help close the retirement savings gap.

Schemes eye forward rates to time hedge moves

Larger schemes are showing greater interest in using forward rather than spot rates to assess whether to increase their interest and inflation hedges, in order to gain a more accurate picture of fair value.

Comment & Analysis

Webb: My pension schemes bill is focused on the saver's experience

Talking head: Pensions minister Steve Webb says the government is "deliberately not being too prescriptive" about collective pension schemes, as it expects the industry to develop suitable benefits structures.

Emerging markets were overplayed, but not any more

Investec's Atul Shinh gives three reasons why pension fund investors should get back on the emerging markets bandwagon, in the latest edition of Informed Comment.

Editorial: Raise the diversity question

“Whilst we’ve got some problems in the business, I also know that all of the answers are already here.” That was new Tesco boss Dave Lewis talking in a company interview posted last week.

Video

PPF: Levy will only drop if funding outstrips targets

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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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