Asda shops for income streams with £9m cinema purchase

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Asda Pension Fund has bought a £9.1m multiplex cinema as part of an ongoing property programme, as schemes continue to lap up real assets for their portfolios.

Centrica commits £300m to unleveraged infrastructure equity

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Unleveraged infrastructure is a growing part of Centrica Pension Scheme’s portfolio as the fund seeks to access long-term, stable cash flows, but others warn about the regulatory risk associated with the asset class.

Can risk parity work for pension funds?

Analysis: Risk parity funds promise diversification and consistent performance through risk allocation, but in the current climate of interest rate uncertainty how suitable is this strategy for pension schemes?

Pilkington and EAPF increase infra for long-term returns

In the hunt for yield, the Pilkington Superannuation Scheme has decided to increase its exposure to infrastructure, as investors, including the Environment Agency Pension Fund, continue to seek diversification and return by allocating to this asset class.

BHS collapse raises questions for the regulator

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The Pensions Regulator is investigating the BHS Pension Scheme as the sponsoring employer enters insolvency, but some experts queried why the regulator did not act sooner to secure the ailing scheme.

PIPA 2016: The shortlist

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Find out who is shortlisted for the 17th annual Pension and Investment Provider Awards organised by Pensions Expert. The winners will be announced on the evening of May 18 at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel in London.

Have you made the shortlist?

Comment & Analysis

How does the low oil price affect pension funds and what can they do in response?

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The low oil price affects scheme investments but trustees should not panic, explains professional trustee company Capital Cranfield's Jonathan Reynolds.

Why we need to empower the next generation

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Redington's Rob Gardner says UK pensions policy needs to be decoupled from politics and a large-scale education programme put in place, to prevent the next generation facing financial hardship in old age.

Latest ombudsman decisions – and what trustees can learn from them

Keeley Frampton, Dominic Harris

Dominic Harris and Keeley Frampton from law firm CMS Cameron McKenna summarise and interpret recent cases from the High Court and pensions ombudsman that schemes and employers can learn from.

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Where next for the Lifetime Isa?

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Video: Last month, the chancellor shocked the pensions industry with the introduction of the Lifetime Isa, promising a 25 per cent top up for under-40s saving for a house or retirement. We spoke to the father of the Lisa, Michael Johnson from the Centre for Policy Studies, about what it will mean and how it might change in future.

Lifetime Isa recalibrates long-term saving

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Video: Pensions tax relief emerged unscathed from yesterday’s Budget, but the launch of the Lifetime Isa has presented the pensions industry with new challenges; Ian Neale, director at intelligence provider Aries Insight, and Tim Smith, senior associate at law firm Eversheds, discuss (04.44).

DB schemes more risk aware after decade of seismic shifts

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Video: The Pension Protection Fund has published its 10th annual version of the Purple Book, which provides an update on the defined benefit landscape. Andy McKinnon, chief financial officer, explains what the key findings tell us about the risks facing schemes (4:02).

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