Select committee probes pension freedoms as concerns grow

The Work and Pensions Committee is launching a new inquiry into the pension freedom reforms, asking whether changes are required to better achieve the policy’s objectives.

Patient capital consultation met with industry scepticism

The government closes its consultation on financing growth in innovative firms this week as it looks to increase scheme investment in ‘patient capital’, but concerns persist over the suitability of this asset class for pension schemes.

TPR campaign outlines governance basics

The Pensions Regulator has launched a new campaign directed at trustees and their advisers, as part of a wider push to raise governance standards, but experts say its success relies on collaboration and engagement from all stakeholders.

Restructuring professionals call for TPR-PPF merger

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The Pensions Regulator and the Pension Protection Fund should be combined into one streamlined entity and be open to restructuring deals involving pensions where insolvency is not imminent within 12 months, according to restructuring professionals.

Oxfordshire referred to TPR for a second time

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The Oxfordshire County Council Pension Fund has received a second referral to the Pensions Regulator after it failed to submit its annual benefit statements on time.

How valuable are transition managers?

Analysis: Last week, State Street agreed to pay approximately $35m (£26m) to settle a pair of complaints by the Securities and Exchange Commission that it defrauded six institutional investors while conducting transition management services.*

Comment & Analysis

Patient capital consultation met with industry scepticism

The government closes its consultation on financing growth in innovative firms this week as it looks to increase scheme investment in ‘patient capital’, but concerns persist over the suitability of this asset class for pension schemes.

Why 'Alexa' could help solve the pensions crisis

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The power of artificial intelligence should be harnessed to increase pension saving levels, Robert Gardner from consultancy Redington argues.

Separation of services could shake up fiduciary management

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Chris Parrott of the Pensions Management Institute and Heathrow Airport Holdings says concerns remain over the appointment and monitoring of fiduciary management, and examines the impact of potential policy changes on the sector.

Videos & Podcasts

How trustees and employers can support member decisions

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Podcast: How can trustees and employers provide support on members' financial decisions without being subject to regulation? Kate Smith, head of pensions at provider Aegon, and Mike Crowe, trustee representative at Dalriada Trustees, discuss the Financial Conduct Authority's employer and trustee factsheet and what can be done to improve members' financial wellbeing. 

A closer look at the main parties' pension proposals

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Podcast: From a double lock to a flexible state pension age, Malcolm McLean, senior consultant at Barnett Waddingham, and Edward Brown, partner at law firm Hogan Lovells, discuss the pension policies the political parties have proposed in their manifestos ahead of the election on June 8.

DB green paper: Can it strike a balance?

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Video: What do businesses say about the defined benefit green paper's focus on regulation, and where do unions have concerns about member protection? Rachel Smith, principal labour market economist at the Confederation of British Industry and Tim Sharp, policy officer at the Trades Union Congress, give their views.

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