Any Other Business: The great and the good of the pensions industry will amass in Manchester this week for the National Association of Pension Funds’ annual conference, but what are the key event ingredients that trustees look for when choosing which events to attend?
London Borough of Havering Pension Fund has reversed its original decision not to join the London Collective Investment Vehicle, making it one of the last of the city’s schemes to take this route to reduce manager fees.
Multi-employer scheme The Pensions Trust has changed its investment governance structure to reduce bureaucracy, beating its benchmark in the process.
Barking & Dagenham channeled 8 per cent of total assets into a diversified alternatives strategy last year in a bid to quell volatility across its portfolio.
News Analysis: Schemes dodged a potential £3bn cost hike this week, as the legal position on the equalisation of pension benefits for same-sex partners withstood further challenge in the courts.
The success of defined contribution is hanging on the ability to drive up contributions while keeping members on side with pension savings, as data show it risks falling short of delivering adequate retirement incomes.
Comment & Analysis
UK pension funds have been searching for ways to invest in traditional assets in non-traditional ways, moving further into the alternatives and multi-asset spaces.
Editorial: On Monday George Osborne announced the creation of six British Wealth Funds, into which our 89 local government pension schemes' assets will be pooled. Quite what this verb entails is still up for debate.
DC Investment Quarterly: The introduction of freedom and choice and the charge cap this year marked two profound changes to the defined contribution marketplace, affecting both what DC investment products will be expected to deliver and the limits within which they have to deliver them.
Video: The Pensions Regulator's chief executive Lesley Titcomb outlines the watchdog's key areas of focus – including a revision of the DC code, the freedom fallout and mastertrust assurance, and touches on the argument for a single regulator (6:11).
Video: Which trends are driving how pension funds are structuring their growth portfolios? M&G Investments' Steven Andrew, Nest's Mark Fawcett and Barnett Waddingham's Marcus Whitehead discuss the opportunities and risks (5:55).
Video: Aviva Investors' Mark Versey, plus HR Trustees' Giles Payne and Redington's Kenny Nicoll discuss how underlying investment strategies are evolving (5:47).
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