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Scapa sticks to risk management strategy with Pie

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Adhesive tape manufacturer Scapa has carried out a pension increase exchange exercise, in its latest move to manage the cost and risk of its legacy defined benefit scheme.

Environment Agency fund in surplus with ESG

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Strong investment returns have lifted the Environment Agency Active Pension Fund into surplus, as it challenged the industry to collaborate to improve uptake of environmental, social and governance-related strategies.

Deficits have dropped, but how should schemes react?

Analysis: While there has been a recent improvement in defined benefit pension fund deficits, market volatility, weak covenants and increasing longevity mean trustees should continue to keep a tight rein on risk and cost management.

Investor coalition seeks better workforce reporting

UK pension schemes are among a $7.9tn (£6.1tn) coalition of investors calling for increased disclosure from companies about their workforce, which campaigners say can help investors to safeguard long-term returns.

How do trustees choose the 'right' consultant?

As consultants face criticism over their value-add, what should trustees consider before hiring one?

Leics sees opportunity in bank loans investment

Leicestershire tops up opportunity pool

Leicestershire County Council Pension Fund has committed to a new capital release fund investment as part of its growing opportunity pool allocation, as banks look to free up capital.

No all-in fee for asset management firms

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Asset management firms must disclose estimated and actual fees and transaction costs to clients, but should not be forced to charge a single fee for services, the Financial Conduct Authority has recommended.

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. 

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