New report demystifies DC asset security

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A new report from the Security of Assets Working Party will provide some much-needed guidance on defined contribution asset security and compensation, advising trustees to adopt a “pragmatic and proportionate approach” to a highly technical area.

Ombudsman ill-health decision underscores complexity for members

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Schemes have been urged to maintain open channels of communication with employers and members around ill-health benefits after an ombudsman determination ruled against a member’s attempt to "rewrite history".

Named and shamed: Should trustees publicly criticise service providers?


Any Other Business: This week, Financial Times columnist Lucy Kellaway created a buzz by publicly rebuking the head of marketing and communications at technology company Hewlett Packard Enterprise over an email he sent her criticising an article she had written.

Rise in member contributions at Scottish Power shows impact of online tools

Energy company Scottish Power has seen a tenth of its stakeholder pension plan up their contributions following the introduction of a member portal that models pension outcomes and warns if an individual is likely to miss their target.

RM deficit reduction highlights need to be proactive

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Online teaching tools supplier RM has shortened its recovery plan and reduced its deficit by more than £10m using a combination of contributions, updated member information and a buy-in.

Scottish ruling creates confusion for pensions lawyers

Pensions lawyers need guidance on how to treat antiquated or onerous scheme rules, experts have said, after Scotland’s highest appeal court ruled that a legal firm must pay more than £62,000 to the Scottish Solicitors Staff Pension Fund.

Comment & Analysis

Should member communications be tailored to gender?

Fiona Tait

Women take career breaks more often, live longer and might have different attitudes to finance. Royal London's Fiona Tait looks at whether member communications should reflect that.

Infrastructure projects: The potential and the risks

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Michael Wilkins from Standard & Poor’s sets out the key risk factors investors should consider when choosing infrastructure projects.

Striking a balance amid rising longevity

Michael O'Higgins

Talking Head: The Lancashire and London Pensions Partnership’s Michael O’Higgins says in the face of increasing liabilities, it is even more important to get the balance right between security and returns.


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).

Autumn Statement and DC code – a big week for pensions

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Video: Steve Webb, director of policy for Royal London, and Kevin LeGrand, president of the PMI discuss how the spending review affects auto-enrolment and what the draft DC code means for trustees (05:37).

October's top stories in 3 minutes

Vizcast Oct 2015

Vizcast: In the latest Pensions Expert video round-up, editor Maxine Kelly and deputy editor Sandra Wolf give an overview of the month's most significant case studies and industry announcements, including Debenhams' funding move and changes at the NAPF (3:43).  

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