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Mid-market direct lending approach 'too constraining', WTW says

Mid-market direct lending is “now demonstrating signs of material deterioration in credit underwriting and future return potential”, according to a report by consultancy Willis Towers Watson, which is instead recommending its clients invest in debt for US real estate and UK commercial real estate.

SES Water cites Ofwat price review in proposed scheme closure

SES Water, formerly known as Sutton and East Surrey Water, has opened a consultation with members on the closure of its defined benefit section to future accrual, citing efficiencies demanded by water regulator Ofwat.

DB transfers heading into costly drawdown products, research finds

Defined benefit members transferring out of their scheme to take advantage of freedom and choice may be wasting money on fees for flexibilities they are unlikely to use, according to a new report.

Bank of England raises base rate to 0.75%

The Bank of England has raised its base interest rate to 0.75 per cent, its highest level since February 2009.

Mastertrust transfers and charges blasted in ‘worst in pensions’ study

Two of the UK’s largest mastertrusts have been named the worst performing providers in pensions over high charges and slow transfer processes.

Johnson: With-profits a better alternative to risky CDC

Plans for collective defined contribution schemes are "a risk too far", and savers should instead be offered individual savings pots invested in with-profits funds, according to one of the architects of freedom and choice.

Threshold adults favour medium-term saving over pensions

Analysis: A new report suggests that savers described as threshold adults are limiting their participation in pension saving due to the competing priority of establishing themselves as adults – do they need a more flexible pension system?

ABI expresses concerns over dashboard speculation

On the go: The Association of British Insurers has expressed concerns over the “threat to the pensions dashboard”, following speculation yesterday that secretary of state for work and pensions, Esther McVey, wants to kill off the project.

How would a lack of government support affect dashboard progress?

Analysis: Reactions to speculation that the secretary of state for work and pensions wants to scrap the pensions dashboard project have been unsurprisingly negative.

How are target date funds innovating?

Experts have always found it impossible to analyse one without making comparisons with the other. As with footballing greats Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, no conversation about the target date fund has ever taken place without mentioning its competitor, the lifestyle fund.

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