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Jaguar scheme opts for forestry and farmland

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The Jaguar Pension Plan has invested in agriculture and timber funds in a bid to diversify its portfolio and develop its exposure to opportunistic private markets.

University of Manchester staff vote for strike action over pension closure

On the go: Support staff at the University of Manchester have voted overwhelmingly to take strike action over plans to cut and close their pension scheme.

Thousands of Nationwide scheme members sign up to new portal

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Nationwide Pension Fund has seen successful take-up of its new online pensions portal among members, as the scheme continues to put its faith in online communications and works on new developments for the portal.

Govt must act on social care as crisis looms with rise in ageing population

On the go: A quarter of UK residents will be aged 65 years or over within the next 50 years. This is a result of improvements in life expectancy. 

Aon: Do not 'just kick the tyres' on historic valuation approaches

On the go: Aon is urging sponsors and trustees of UK defined benefit schemes to do more than “just kick the tyres on historic valuation approaches” and check their actuarial valuation choice is right for their scheme.

Pensions gender pay gap reaches 40 per cent

On the go: Women retire with pension incomes almost 40 per cent lower than men on average, according to new research, despite recent legal efforts to ensure equality in the state pension system.

Notts to report itself to TPR after employers botch data

The Nottinghamshire County Council Pension Fund is set to report itself to the Pensions Regulator after failing to produce some of its annual benefit statements on time.

Pension giants challenge companies on climate lobbying

The Church of England Pensions Board and Swedish pension fund AP7 have written to 55 large companies on their approach to climate lobbying, as government and regulators take action on Environmental Audit Committee recommendations to improve pension fund governance.

Schemes shift attention from interest rates to inflation hedging

On the go: Inflation hedging has seen a sharp rise with activity up by 22 per cent in the third quarter of 2018, to around £24.2bn. Total interest rate hedging activity was around £29.2bn in the third quarter, a 1 per cent fall according to the BMO Global Asset Management.

Hammond’s Budget looks to unlock DC savings for patient capital

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The government is to consult next year on whether the charge cap for defined contribution default funds should be changed to unlock greater investment in patient capital, as part of a Budget with significant implications for DC savers.