Centrica skirts pricey bonds with real assets, alts continue march

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Centrica Pension Scheme is riding the wider trend towards real assets, in a bid to match liabilities, gain inflation linkage and reduce the need to buy overpriced bonds.

Corporate governance tops Unilever ESG agenda

Data analysis: Close to half of Unilever Pension Fund’s engagement activity in 2014 centred on corporate governance as wider trends emphasise environmental issues, calling into question the terms used when reporting such activity.

Funding statement underscores integrated risk management ethos

The Pensions Regulator has endorsed an integrated approach to risk management in its first annual funding statement since the publication of the revised code of practice for defined benefit scheme funding. 

PIPA 2015: The winners revealed…

PIPA Awards 2015

… plus a behind-the-scenes video showing how the judges chose the victors.

Hutton: Transparency, efficiency and investment must improve in LGPS

NAPF Local Authority Conference 2015: Lord Hutton has called on local government schemes to tackle inefficiency and effectiveness ahead of a public sector squeeze.

Merseyside impressed by smart beta, strategy not a 'silver bullet'

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NAPF Local Authority Conference 2015: Merseyside Pension Fund has reported a positive performance from its smart beta equity allocation, while experts pointed to the barriers in using such strategies in fixed income investing.

Comment & Analysis

Editorial: Revealing more than just winners

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Last week's Pension & Investment Provider Awards ceremony in London was a glitzy affair attended by key pensions industry folk from all corners of the sector.

Nest: Keeping our eyes on the prize

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Talking Head: Millions more savers are part of workplace pension schemes thanks to auto-enrolment, but there is no room for complacency, says Nest chief Tim Jones.

Making the case for hedge funds

Hedge funds offer the chance for extra return and can help pension funds diversify their portfolios, says Robert Howie.


The Review: Poised for freedom but questions remain

Countdown to April part 3

Video: What unknowns remain on the cusp of April 6? National Association of Pension Funds' DC policy lead Richard Wilson, and partner at consultancy LCP Andy Cheseldine discuss what is left to do and how to manage expectations (5:36).

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