Fees can cut returns by 25 per cent, finds ESMA

On the go: The EU’s financial regulator has warned of the impact charges can have on savers’ returns, in a sign of further pressure on investment managers to control fees.

PIC invests further £125m in University of Exeter

On the go: Pension Insurance Corporation has completed an additional £125m investment with University Partnerships Programme, allowing UPP to design, build, fund and operate affordable accommodation for the University of Exeter.

Trustees urged to hold investment advisers to account on ESG issues

On the go: Trustees should hold investment consultants to account on environmental, social and governance issues, the Association of Member Nominated Trustees and the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association have argued.

CMA ups pressure on trustees and advisers to seek best deal

New requirements on trustees to shop around for fiduciary management and challenge their advisers will generate better value for members, experts have said in response to measures set out by the Competition and Markets Authority.

CMA upholds competition judgment on consultants and fid mans

On the go: The Competition and Markets Authority has published its final report into investment consultancy and fiduciary management, maintaining its finding of an adverse effect on competition in both sectors.

Tower Hamlets completes £700m equity protection strategy

On the go: The London Borough of Tower Hamlets Pension Fund has undertaken a £700m equity protection strategy with Schroders.

Should there be an industry-wide methodology for measuring value?

An agreed definition of value for money may help schemes measure value, but it is more important that trustees understand what they are buying and why.

British Coal scheme taps into UK infrastructure

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The British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme has introduced a new allocation to UK infrastructure and increased its exposure to private debt, as part of its focus on assets that provide diversification, good return prospects and high cash yields.

Shell launches online hub to meet member demand

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Royal Dutch Shell has introduced a new financial education hub for employees, as members of the company’s pension fund show appetite for online communications.

DB health improves but covenant strength ignored

Defined benefit pension schemes are not paying enough attention to the likelihood of their employer going bust when setting investment strategy, according to a new study assessing funding levels in the context of sponsor health.