Nationwide targets 30% in illiquids


The Nationwide Pension Scheme is struggling to find suitable illiquid investments as it targets 30 per cent of its portfolio in the assets, the scheme’s chief investment officer has said.

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.

Lloyds Banking Group drives efficiency with single trustee board

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Lloyds Banking Group has merged the trustee boards of three of its defined benefit pension funds to boost efficiency, decrease duplication and strengthen its relationship with the schemes.

Scapa reduces liabilities by £4m via mortality study

Adhesive tape manufacturer Scapa has reduced its defined benefit liability by £4m, having undertaken a mortality study across its pensioner population as part of a holistic approach to managing risk across the scheme’s assets and long-term obligations.

Jaguar Land Rover revs up global credit

Jaguar Land Rover has decided to alter the strategic asset allocation in its two pension schemes by boosting its exposure to global credit, while decreasing assets held for the purposes of matching changes in the fund’s liabilities.

PIPA 2016: The shortlist

PIPA awards 2016

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

Liabilities for sale

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Editorial: I admit, I almost never go into the British Homes Stores shop on the high street of where I live. Neither do many other people, it seems.

Are mastertrusts financially stable?

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Professional trustee company PTL’s Richard Butcher takes a closer look at the financial risks mastertrusts take.

Our priorities and approach – an update from the Pensions Regulator

Lesley Titcomb

Lesley Titcomb reveals which issues top the regulator’s agenda over the next three years.


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


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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