NAPF Investment Conference 2014: A cap on annual management charges could lead to actively managed funds becoming unavailable to DC schemes, industry figures have said, as they called for greater transparency and innovation in DC investment.
NAPF Investment Conference 2014: The Railways Pension Scheme aired plans to increase its exposure to emerging markets, including investment in alternatives, as it seeks further return drivers.
Data analysis: Data show more than four-fifths of active defined benefit members remain contracted out, as consultants have said the costs associated with ending the arrangement have bolstered the hunt for alternatives.
News analysis: Companies need to better educate staff to encourage responsibility for pension saving, as research has highlighted a misalignment between employers’ goals and the outcomes of their defined contribution plans.
The charity Alternative Futures Group has condensed its staff pension plans to two down from five in a bid to simplify its offering for auto-enrolment, achieving an 8 per cent opt-out rate in the process.
Isle of Wight Pension Fund has identified areas ripe for improvement in its governance, including more frequent funding monitoring, as local government schemes brace for next year's reforms to the sector.
Comment & Analysis
In the latest Informed Comment Pension Playpen's Henry Tapper scrutinises auto-enrolment provider-consultant collaborations.
Talking head: LPFA's Mike Allen explains how LGPS reforms are being put in place at the scheme.
Sacker's Zoë Lynch assesses the impact of the change to the definition of money purchase on schemes in this week's edition of Technical Comment.
Video: Sarah Smart, chair of the trustee board at the Pensions Trust, says its fiduciary management set-up has outperformed its target at lower risk than budgeted for, and explains how the scheme monitors this arrangement (5:56).
Video: In this first edition of The Review, Insight's Colm McDonagh and Towers Watson's Ed Britton discuss the impact of recent emerging market volatility on pension funds' sovereign debt holdings, and assess value in the market (5:43).
Video: London Pensions Fund Authority's Susan Martin explains its plans to collaborate with other organisations and schemes to up its allocation to infrastructure and private equity, in this edition of Policymakers and Decision-makers (5:08).