Berkshire makes co-investments to profit from food supply chain

The Royal County of Berkshire Pension Fund has announced investments in the global food and water supply chain, with a private equity mandate investing in two US start-ups driving sustainable consumption.

GMP reconciliation to be major 2015 challenge for schemes

Pensions professionals have said guaranteed minimum pension equalisation will be their biggest project in 2015, a survey has shown, as the end of contracting out forces schemes to undertake exercises.

How schemes could use secondary debt market after Kaupthing ruling

Legal experts have said a High Court ruling allowing schemes to sell section 75 debts owed to them could reduce their running costs by speeding up the exit of sponsoring employers.

Doncaster takes low-rate £28m loan in novel move to fund scheme

Doncaster council has sought to turn the low interest rate environment to its advantage by taking out £28m in short-term loans to help fund its employer contributions to South Yorkshire Pension Fund. 

M&S weighs drawdown option for mastertrust members

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Retailer Marks & Spencer is exploring offering drawdown to its defined contribution scheme members, as the industry readies itself for April's retirement flexibilities in a tough market for annuities.

Latest IORP revision ditches 'professional' qualification requirement for trustees

The latest revision of the European Commission pensions directive has removed a contentious requirement for trustees to have a "professional" qualification – reigniting debate in the industry on the merits of a minimum standard of training.

Comment & Analysis

Altmann: 2015 set to be another big year for pensions

Ros Altmann

Talking head: Our columnist Ros Altmann gives her take on how next year's challenges for both DC and DB schemes will be played out, including auto-enrolment, default funds and DB-DC transfers. 

When is halfway not halfway? Measuring the AE journey

Talking head: Pensions commentator Steve Bee looks at the engagement challenges faced by smaller employers in light of the shift to a more individualist pensions regime.

Editorial: The neverending story

Pen to paper...

How time flies. In print and on the iPad, Monday saw the 45th edition of the relaunched Pensions Expert, and the last of the year. 


IMA: Schemes must bear overall charges cap compliance burden

Jonathan Lipkin

Video: Jonathan Lipkin, director of public policy at the Investment Management Association, says that it is not up to investment managers to take the overall responsibility for ensuring charges are below the 0.75 per cent cap effective from April (5:48).

Altmann: Death tax removal could incentivise people to stay in pensions

Ros Altmann

Video: Independent pensions expert and the government's older workers champion Ros Altmann discusses the Budget changes and the chancellor's further pensions tax announcements (4:18).

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