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Lafarge pension scheme enters into longevity swap to reduce risk

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The Lafarge UK Pension Plan has entered into a longevity swap with a global reinsurance company, in a bid to reduce the scheme’s exposure to longevity risk.

Mercer Marsh Benefits unifies in the UK

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On the go: Mercer Marsh Benefits has regrouped its UK and benefits teams under the MMB brand. The restructure follows the acquisition of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group by Marsh & McLennan, the parent company.

How to beat volatility in 2019

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Volatility made its grand return to many of the key markets in which pension funds invest assets towards the end of 2018, driven by geopolitical instability and fears that the end of a long business cycle may finally be nigh. 2017 seems a long way away. Angus Peters explores reasons to be cheerful despite the gloomy outlook.

Relief for pension schemes as CPI falls to 1.8 per cent

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On the go: UK pension schemes will get a small measure of comfort from the current inflation figure, with the consumer price index falling for the third month in a row to 1.8 per cent in January, the lowest level since January 2017.

UK pension schemes’ deficit falls to £23.1bn

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On the go: UK pension schemes have beaten the January blues, with their total deficit down by £8.8bn, according to recent Pension Protection Fund figures.

UK schemes slash equities following long bull market

The global financial crisis gave rise to a record-long bull run, but in recent years many DB pension funds have been preparing for the inevitable end to these highs by reducing their reliance on equities.

New criminal sanctions could be difficult to enforce, experts say

The government has said that it plans to go ahead with proposals for new criminal offences to prevent and penalise mismanagement of pension schemes, but enforcing these sanctions may prove challenging, experts say.

PASA looks to future of e-administration with scheme survey

The Pensions Administration Standards Association is calling on the pensions industry to open up about the quality of their administration and members' use of technology in a new survey.

Roundtable: How to get the best bulk annuity pricing

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Buyout appears to be within reach for more defined benefit schemes than ever before. Experts at a recent Pensions Expert roundtable sought to quell fears that schemes must ‘buy now while stocks last’, and set out a number of considerations for trustees and employers moving towards bulk annuity purchase.

PPF confirms new compensation cap

On the go: The Pension Protection Fund has confirmed new compensation cap limits.