Patient capital consultation met with industry scepticism

The government closes its consultation on financing growth in innovative firms this week as it looks to increase scheme investment in ‘patient capital’, but concerns persist over the suitability of this asset class for pension schemes.

TPR campaign outlines governance basics

The Pensions Regulator has launched a new campaign directed at trustees and their advisers, as part of a wider push to raise governance standards, but experts say its success relies on collaboration and engagement from all stakeholders.

How valuable are transition managers?

Analysis: Last week, State Street agreed to pay approximately $35m (£26m) to settle a pair of complaints by the Securities and Exchange Commission that it defrauded six institutional investors while conducting transition management services.*

Vested interests hamper fintech adoption, start-ups say

Industry interests stop technology from truly benefiting savers through low-cost products, members of the start-up community have said.

Employers urged to review default offerings

Inconsistency in approaches taken to default defined contribution offerings among large contract-based providers could threaten member outcomes, according to a new report, as separate research confirmed the importance of investment returns later in the savings journey.

What can pension schemes learn from insurers?

Analysis: Prudent liability management features among the priorities of pension funds and insurers alike. Experts have previously called upon investors to think more like insurers, but differences in objectives, regulatory requirements and scale mean that total strategic convergence between schemes and insurers is unlikely.

Nilgosc outvotes social infrastructure sceptics


The Northern Ireland Local Government Superannuation Committee has voted for social infrastructure as a suitable investment type, despite concerns among some committee members about political risk and the impact on public services.

Schemes regain faith in fid man evaluators

Trustees have shown more inclination towards using third-party evaluators as part of the fiduciary management selection process, a new report has shown. Mid-sized schemes continue to flock towards fiduciary management.

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