Share prices hit by DB deficits could spur fresh derisking drive

Defined benefit pension deficits are dragging down the market capitalisation of FTSE 100 companies, according to a recent study, as investors recognise the difference between disclosed deficits and the cost of securing benefits upon insolvency.

CBI requests reforms to ease DB burden on businesses

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The Confederation of British Industry has called for a number of reforms to help tackle the problem of pension costs for companies, including access to illiquid assets and approaches to measuring deficits. 

Rising gilt yields: Inflationary worry or time to buy?

Last week 10-year gilt yields reached 1.16 per cent, their highest level in four months, in a sign that inflation is creeping up in the UK economy – but should pension funds be looking to profit from the lower cost of derisking?

NESPF adds DGFs and PE after global equities disappointment

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The North East Scotland Pension Fund has taken further steps to diversify its growth portfolio, divesting from underperforming global equities and allocating to a range of private equity houses and diversified growth funds.

Schemes are unprepared for data hacking threat

PLSA Annual Conference 2016: Schemes must look past the immediate threat of pension liberation scams and stress test their systems against other types of fraud, including cyber crime, according to a panel of experts.

New comms strategy charges up member contributions at Schneider Electric

PLSA Annual Conference 2016: Schneider Electric has overhauled its defined contribution engagement strategy, as research shows that members want solutions that enable them to make decisions and implement them easily.

Comment & Analysis

Data crunch: Investors revise fixed income mindsets

Magnus Spence

Data crunch: Fixed income isn't so boring anymore, as the low yields force funds to change their strategies, says Spence Johnson's Magnus Spence.

Are we engaged enough?

Aled Jones

Shareholder engagement has been shown to be beneficial for those schemes that use it, but are schemes using it enough? Mercer’s Aled Jones takes a closer look.

Monitoring the sustainability of your scheme's investments

Richard Butcher (teaser)

PTL's Richard Butcher outlines a process schemes can use to check up on the route and progress of their investments when it comes to sustainability.


How the rate cut affects your scheme

Lynda Whitney interview on interest rate cut

Video: As the Bank of England has cut rates and launched into a new round of quantitative easing, what are the effects on pension schemes and where can they seek cover? Aon Hewitt partner Lynda Whitney gives answers.

Brexit two weeks in: The legal and investment impact

Interview with Jane Higgins and John Belgrove

Video: The UK's vote to leave the EU is having a major impact on markets and has created legal uncertainties. Partner at Allen & Overy Jane Higgins, and senior partner at Aon Hewitt John Belgrove, explain what schemes can do to position themselves well.

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