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Face-to-face comms can sweeten 'unpalatable' news

With the world of pensions constantly changing, employers and trustees are investing more time, effort and resources into liaising with members, but face-to-face communication has been deemed particularly effective when it comes to bad news.

Better trusteeship key to any future DB plans

Efforts to improve the level of experience and competence of trustee boards must not come at the expense of diversity, politicians have warned, as dealing with groupthink remains a key concern in defined benefit pensions.

Delays in transfer value process threaten member outcomes

The Pensions Regulator has been asked to look at streamlining the process for providing cash equivalent transfer values, after complaints from advisers that delays in schemes providing necessary information meant members were missing out.

Lack of savings highlights importance of state pension

The number of women retiring without a pension has dropped, new research shows, but nearly 14 per cent of people have not made provisions for their retirement, highlighting the significance of the state pension for savers.

Centrica drills for returns with high-yield allocation

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The Centrica Combined Common Investment Fund, which manages holdings for the energy giant’s pension schemes, has trimmed its exposure to corporate bonds, reweighting its portfolio towards high-yield debt.

Leicester Uni scheme cuts risk with higher hedge

Following closure to future benefit accrual, trustees at the University of Leicester Pension and Assurance Scheme have decided to double its hedge, as experts emphasise the importance of keeping an eye on triggers and cash flow.

Pensions fail to convince savers but attitudes are expected to change

Fewer than half of people view workplace pensions as the most secure form of retirement savings, but experts have said attitudes towards saving for the future could change, driven by the current housing shortage, auto-enrolment developments and the demise of defined benefit pension funds.

More pensioners to be offered Pie at Metal Box

Metal Box Pension Scheme

The Metal Box Pension Scheme is planning to offer a pension increase exchange to more pensioner members this year, having offered one to some members in 2015.

Lack of consultant feedback threatens scheme governance

PLSA Investment Conference 2017: More than half of professional trustees and consultants rate their clients’ decision-making capabilities as acceptable or below, as industry figures have urged a rethinking of boardroom psychology.

Trustees must secure funding after GM sells Vauxhall to PSA

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General Motors has announced the sale of Vauxhall to French car manufacturer PSA Group, but will retain responsibility for the company’s funded and unfunded UK pension obligations, sparking concerns over the security of members' benefits.

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