Shipbuilding scheme sails towards 10% property allocation

The Shipbuilding Industries Pension Scheme plans to boost its property allocation to around a tenth of its overall portfolio in its hunt for diversification, capital preservation and income.

Leading DB funds target responsible investment disconnect

The UK’s largest pension funds have put pressure on fund managers to make the case for their responsible investment strategies, publishing a guide intended to “break down the information barriers” between schemes and managers.

LPFA: £500m GMPF tie-up not limited to infra

The chief of the London Pensions Fund Authority has said the £500m tie-up with the Greater Manchester Pension Fund, announced last week, will consider “infrastructure in a broad definition”. 

How the slump in oil prices is hitting schemes

As oil prices fall below $50 (£33) a barrel, investment experts have urged pension schemes to seize the opportunity to hedge their liabilities against inflation and heed the impact on their commodity markets exposure.

Schemes plan partial DB-DC transfers to trim liabilities

Legal experts have reported an increase in pension schemes planning to reduce their liabilities by changing their rules to allow partial transfer of members' pure defined benefit assets into defined contribution arrangements.

Webb backs mastertrusts to lead CDC vanguard

Pensions minister Steve Webb has signalled support for mastertrusts delivering a collective defined contribution option for members, at a Trades Union Congress conference on Wednesday – but at least one of the large mastertrusts has rejected the idea.

Comment & Analysis

Editorial: Making yourself heard

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Once again, the country’s leading pension funds have stood up for responsible investment, and pressure is building on asset managers to be more forthcoming in their reporting on the matter.

Webb: Why a soft launch is right for automatic transfers

Talking head: Pensions minister Steve Webb makes his case for phasing-in automatic transfers with an opt-in process for pot-follows-member, and details the government's next steps.

Will risk-sharing schemes ever take off in the UK?

Many industry commentators have answered this question with a resounding 'no'. Hogan Lovells' Nicola Rondel makes the argument for a qualified 'yes'.


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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