The clear cost of investment

The clear cost of investment

As the FCA asks schemes to name and shame opaque managers, how do transparent disclosures move from compliance into meaningful action?

Nuclear scheme calls out Prudential for poor value and switches

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Trustees of the Combined Nuclear Pension Plan have dropped Prudential as their defined contribution provider in favour of Aegon, after member-borne charges for the default and other options were rated "below average" in an assessment of value for members.

Arcadia CVA proposals approved

News On the Go

On the go: All seven of Arcadia’s company voluntary arrangements have been approved by the required majority of the retailer’s creditors.

PSIG calls on trustees to review procedures amid rise in scammers

The Pension Scams Industry Group exhorted trustees to review their scam prevention procedures on Tuesday, as pension fraud attempts continue to rise despite tightening government regulations.

The Pensions Regulator plans to extend its reach

The Pensions Regulator’s head of regulatory policy David Fairs announced plans to “ramp up” its reach on Friday, telling trustees they could no longer get away with ignoring the regulator’s requirements.

Comment & Analysis

A sharper pensions system offers savers safe harbour

Angus Peters

If there is any positive to be taken from the downfall of ‘star’ fund manager Neil Woodford, the source of much chatter in the investment world this month, it is that it reminds us of the value of workplace institutions and the collective saving systems we enjoy in the UK, says editor Angus Peters.

What is the most important feature of a good DC scheme?

Data crunch: There is no doubt that defined contribution pension schemes face a large number of challenges in their quest to deliver good member outcomes.

MNTs need clarity on superfund regime to make transfers palatable

David Weeks

A lack of clarity on regulation and the need for protection against pushy employers means Association of Member Nominated Trustees members may well be reticent to sign off on superfund deals, writes the group's co-chair David Weeks.

Videos & Podcasts

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.

Is LGPS governance up to scratch?

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Podcast: From asset pooling and actuarial valuations, to administration and data, local government pension schemes have a lot to think about this year – meaning good governance is more important than ever. In this podcast episode, Kirsty Bartlett, partner at law firm Squire Patton Boggs, and Ian Colvin, head of LGPS benefits and governance at Hymans Robertson, discuss potential conflicts of interest, pressure on fund resources and the importance of focusing on administration.

How to select the right master trust

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Podcast: Master trusts have until the end of March to complete their applications to the Pensions Regulator for authorisation. In this PE podcast episode, Ian McQuade, director at Muse Advisory, discusses master trust selection and how the watchdog's authorisation and supervision regime will change the market.