BA judgment shows value of diligent minute-taking

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British Airways has lost a legal battle against the Airways Pension Scheme involving the trustees' decision to introduce a 0.2 per cent discretionary increase, as experts have stressed the importance of carefully documenting all decision-making processes.

S&N dives into infra and absolute return funds

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The Scottish & Newcastle Pension Plan has agreed to introduce a new allocation to infrastructure debt while increasing its absolute return exposure, as schemes seek steady returns and diversification.

First asset managers commit to LGPS transparency code

The Local Government Pension Scheme advisory board has launched its code of transparency to improve cost disclosure, amid early indications that asset managers will sign up.

Advice suitable but disclosure too complex, finds FCA

The Financial Conduct Authority has published the findings from its review into the suitability of pensions and investment advice, but while the results are reassuring, experts say more needs to be done to make advice less convoluted.

Manchester University upgrades investment strategy

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Trustees of the Manchester University Superannuation Scheme have adopted a new liability-driven investment strategy, while dropping a UK equity mandate in favour of global equities.

Regulator zeroes in on dividends

The Pensions Regulator has targeted employers who pay large dividends while underfunding defined benefit pension schemes in its latest annual funding statement, increasing the pressure on trustees to secure as much funding as possible.

Comment & Analysis

Lord Stoneham: Flat rate tax relief will help 'people in the middle'

For the latest instalment of our 2017 general election interview series, Lord Stoneham, the Liberal Democrat chief whip in the House of Lords, explains his party's commitment to reviewing pensions taxation, and the need for consolidation of schemes and of pots.

Your money or your data

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Editorial: The past couple of weeks have been a reminder of just how much damage can be done through computers – and how much of our existence relies on them.

What we can learn from recent legal cases

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Trustees have to tread carefully when considering changes to their scheme, says James Bingham from law firm Sackers.

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DB green paper: Can it strike a balance?

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Video: What do businesses say about the defined benefit green paper's focus on regulation, and where do unions have concerns about member protection? Rachel Smith, principal labour market economist at the Confederation of British Industry and Tim Sharp, policy officer at the Trades Union Congress, give their views.

How the PLSA's taskforce wants to change DB

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Video: As the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association has highlighted four areas for potential change to the defined benefit landscape, Ashok Gupta, who chairs its DB Taskforce, talks about the proposals and the taskforce's aims.

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