Salvation Army derisks as charities struggle with pension deficits

The Salvation Army has recently reduced risk in its UK defined benefit multi-employer scheme, having made efforts to tackle its pension deficit, but pension obligations are proving increasingly problematic for many charities.

BBC aims to drive down fees in private markets strategy

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The BBC scheme lowered its overall investment management fees by £3m over five years, while further increasing its significant exposure to private markets, a move the scheme says allows it to match liabilities at the same time as generating capital growth.

HP scheme reboots parent company guarantee

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The Hewlett-Packard Ltd Retirement Benefits Plan has replaced its parent company guarantee following a major corporate reorganisation, resulting in improved terms for members. 

Monitoring crucial as transfer requests could creep up

Defined benefit schemes could see increased levels of transfer quotation requests as low gilt yields push values higher. Experts have said trustees should monitor request numbers and manage their liquidity accordingly.

Bushfire of pension discrimination cases spreads to firefighters

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The Fire Brigades Union has raised a legal challenge against fire service employers and the government regarding alleged discrimination as a result of transitional protection arrangements. 

Governance is key as dispute rocks asset management industry

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Research suggesting that hidden fund fees are the “Loch Ness Monster of investments” has sparked the latest round of a bitter row between the Investment Association and pro-transparency groups.

Comment & Analysis

Can the industry make pensioners happy?

Hugh Nolan

Hugh Nolan from the Society of Pension Professionals outlines how old people's interests could be served by the pensions industry.

How technology can help us tackle the challenges ahead

JR Lowry

JR Lowry from State Street Global Exchange looks at how technology can help schemes overcome the challenges the pensions system faces as a result of massive change.

Effective, responsible investment flows from clear objectives

Paul Todd

Mastertrusts would do well to focus on investing in accordance with environmental, social and governance principles, says Nest's Paul Todd.

Video

How the rate cut affects your scheme

Lynda Whitney interview on interest rate cut

Video: As the Bank of England has cut rates and launched into a new round of quantitative easing, what are the effects on pension schemes and where can they seek cover? Aon Hewitt partner Lynda Whitney gives answers.

Brexit two weeks in: The legal and investment impact

Interview with Jane Higgins and John Belgrove

Video: The UK's vote to leave the EU is having a major impact on markets and has created legal uncertainties. Partner at Allen & Overy Jane Higgins, and senior partner at Aon Hewitt John Belgrove, explain what schemes can do to position themselves well.

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