Pearson moves away from hedge funds into DGFs

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The pension plan of publishing giant Pearson Group has scrapped its hedge fund exposure and invested in diversified growth funds, in a bid to control investment risk and costs as the scheme nears self-sufficiency.

Employers urged to actively manage covenant

Employers and schemes must take a more active approach to managing their pension liabilities to improve covenant strength, experts say.

Addressing career flexibility could help tackle gender pensions gap

The gender pay gap is a multi-faceted problem that needs a multi-pronged approach, experts say — from financial education to adapting the pensions system to assist flexible working. 

Imperial Tobacco fund sharpens returns focus

The Imperial Tobacco Pension Fund has cut its exposure to shares and corporate bonds in favour of alternative asset classes, with a view to increasing the scheme’s sources of return and reducing reliance on equities.

Pensions slip down the agenda after election

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If Theresa May’s Conservatives succeed in forming a lasting government, their immediate policy concerns regarding pensions are unlikely to change.

Trustees urged to keep their cool on news of hung parliament

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Markets sometimes react in unexpected ways, but most will have anticipated that a hung parliament would not be well received.

US withdrawal from Paris accord no threat to ESG investing

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US president Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord will not affect the UK’s growing implementation of environmental, social and governance criteria on investment strategies, experts have said. 

Increased use of RAAs is 'inevitable', experts say

The Pensions Regulator has agreed a regulated apportionment arrangement with Hoover, as experts say the number of RAAs, as well as the amount of due diligence involved, is likely to increase.

HP sets up trustee company in simplification push


The Hewlett Packard Limited Retirement Benefits Plan has changed the structure of its trustee board to a trustee company, in a move to simplify processes while increasing scrutiny of trustee actions. 

S&N dives into infra and absolute return funds

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The Scottish & Newcastle Pension Plan has agreed to introduce a new allocation to infrastructure debt while increasing its absolute return exposure, as schemes seek steady returns and diversification.

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