John Laing tackles deficit with £100m alternative financing plan

Infrastructure heavyweight John Laing contributed £100m in cash and equity interests to its pension scheme, as part of a deficit recovery schedule that was revised before floating the company in February.

NAPF seeks certainty over non-default fund switching rules

The National Association of Pension Funds has written to the government to demand clarification on the movement of non-default members between funds, to ease trustee uncertainty around charge cap regulations.

Deficit quadruples for Johnson Service scheme

Johnson Service Group has seen its defined benefit scheme deficit more than quadruple after a reduction to the discount rate and the closure of the scheme to future accrual.

Schemes risk regulatory intervention as AE non-compliance to rise

Compliance notices issued to auto-enrolling schemes will rise, the Pensions Regulator has said, as the watchdog detailed its new three-year strategy within a revised lower budget.

More than half unlikely to take advice on pension access

Most retirees are unlikely to seek advice before withdrawing their pension, a survey has shown, as the industry wrestles with how to protect members in the new flexible pensions environment.

SSE doubles DC contributions in bid to close adequacy gap


Energy company SSE doubled contribution rates in its auto-enrolment default after carrying out a survey of members, as wider concerns mount over continuing low contribution levels.

Comment & Analysis

Editorial: Inside the control room

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The confirmation last week that we’ve hit a patch of ‘noflation’ – expected to become deflation from this month – did not come as a surprise to many.

Regulator: 11 steps for smaller employers readying for AE

The Pensions Regulator's Charles Counsell explains its new guide to help small employers get ready for auto-enrolment.

How the DC landscape will change in a 75bp world

JPMorgan's Simon Chinnery warns of the effect the forthcoming charge cap on investments will have, and points to a flexible and inexpensive default fund.


The Review: Why the DC charge cap will fall further

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Video: Should the 0.75 per cent cap go lower? In part two of Countdown to April, Mark Futcher from Barnett Waddingham and LGIM's Emma Douglas explore how DC schemes are responding to reform (5:37).

The Review: 'Massive uptick' in larger DB funds exploring transfers

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Video: What effect are the flexibilities having beyond the world of DC? In the first of our three Countdown to April videos, JLT Employee Benefits' Mark Wood and Eversheds' Tim Smith explain how DB schemes are dealing with the knock-on effects of the reforms (6:08).

IMA: Schemes must bear overall charges cap compliance burden

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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).

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