Arcadia CVAs challenged by US property group

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Arcadia has received applications challenging two of its seven company voluntary arrangements, raising questions over the future of its pension schemes.

TPR still unhappy with pensions admin at Barnet

The Pensions Regulator has issued a draft improvement notice to the London Borough of Barnet to tackle deficiencies in the pension fund’s administration processes and controls.

Could a Brexit swing in sterling catch out UK schemes?

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Data crunch: UK pension schemes continue to think globally with new allocations in the name of diversification, but are they managing their currency risk properly?

Sony and Michelin source IFAs to support member decision-making

The shadow of the British Steel Pension Scheme saga looms large over trustee decisions on defined benefit transfers, but there are signs lessons have been learned.

Global Pensions Wrap: July 13 edition

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Ever thought of tearing up your strategic asset allocation and starting again? Alaska's state pension board appears to be doing just that, as it terminated no fewer than 19 investment mandates – this and more from the FT's global pension coverage.

What the firefighters' and judges' case means for pensions policy

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Podcast: The government was recently denied leave to appeal a Court of Appeal ruling that pension changes discriminated against younger firefighters and judges. What does this mean for government policy regarding public sector pensions? And how could the issue spill over into private sector pensions? In this episode, Rosalind Connor, partner at Arc Pensions Law, discusses the far-reaching implications of this landmark case.

Comment & Analysis

Simplifying our taxation system may have to wait

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Editorial: Do pension issues keep Boris Johnson awake at night? At first instance one suspects the plight of pensioners comes some distance behind gaining power and self-preservation on our presumed next prime minister’s list of priorities.

Have DGFs had their day?

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Data crunch: Diversified growth funds continue to face several challenges, from performance problems to competition from new product types. But despite these obstacles, this is not the end of the road for DGFs, argues Broadridge's Jonathan Libre.

The mirage of independence

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It is about time policymakers and regulators started asking awkward questions about what passes for independence for millions of pension savers, says columnist and FT pensions correspondent Josephine Cumbo.

Videos & Podcasts

Putting a stop to unsuitable defined benefit transfer advice

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Podcast: The Financial Conduct Authority recently expressed concern that too much of the defined benefit transfer advice it has seen to date is still not of an acceptable standard. In this podcast, Tom Selby, senior analyst at AJ Bell, and Bob Scott, senior partner at LCP, talk about the impact of increased regulatory scrutiny of transfer advice, the need for DB flexibility, and how schemes and employers can help members by appointing a dedicated independent financial adviser to their scheme. 

How will investment pathways help consumers?

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Podcast: In January, the Financial Conduct Authority launched its consultation on investment pathways and other proposed changes to its rules and guidance. The consultation closed in April and the watchdog plans to publish its final rules and guidance in July. In this podcast, Jonathan Parker, director of DC and financial well-being consulting at Redington, discusses how investment pathways will help savers make more appropriate choices, and explains why smaller providers should not be exempt from the proposed regulations.

Are you doing enough to engage scheme members?

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Podcast: While technology is helping improve pensions communications across the industry, several challenges remain. In this PE podcast, Shola Salako, trustee representative at Dalriada Trustees, and Rhys Williams, strategy director at communications consultancy Quietroom, discuss the different ways in which schemes and providers can engage with members, and where they might be going wrong.