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The Weekly Wrap: February 24 edition

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A round-up of the pensions news published across the FT Group, from pensions adding to London schools' budgeting woes, to high public spending causing headaches in Greece and Italy.

Top 5 pensions jobs

The Weekly Wrap: February 17 edition

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A round-up of the pensions news published across the FT Group, from China's curbs on private property investment, to MPs calling for tough new corporate governance rules for privately held companies.

Pru exit doesn't signal death of annuities... yet

Angus Peters

From the blog: Insurance giant Prudential is leaving the UK annuity market, but analysis of ‘at retirement’ product offerings show that guaranteed income still has a significant role in the post-freedom and choice savings world.

 

As the UK’s largest insurer by market capitalisation, it is tempting to read the company’s exit as a sign of the death of annuities, brought about by a trifecta of low interest rates, poor value for money and consumers flocking to take advantage of new freedoms.

 

Indeed investment consultants will often recommend retaining equity exposure in default funds for older savers, in recognition of the fact that many leave some money invested after first drawing a pension.

 

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Should ESG be a default for DC schemes?

Stuart O'Brien

From the blog: As we move further into 2017, everyone is making bold predictions about what the year will hold in terms of pensions.

 

Auto-enrolment will soon enter its busiest phase, while the increasing shift from DB to DC schemes as the focus of regulation will continue.

 

This shift is also likely to extend to matters concerning environmental, social and governance factors.

 

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The Weekly Wrap: February 10 edition

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A round-up of pensions news published across the FT Group this week, from providers warning they will not be ready to offer the new advice allowance in April, to Welsh local government pension funds issuing a pre-tender questionnaire for a future gatekeeper for their asset pool.

We can't ignore the intergenerational dilemma

Mark Smith

From the blog: What do judges and firefighters have in common? No, this is not the start of a joke. 

 

The Employment Tribunal ruled last month that transitional provisions made on the change in pension arrangements for judges amounted to unlawful age discrimination. 

 

The government had failed to heed advice that selecting a particular age group for preferential treatment would constitute direct age discrimination.

 

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The Weekly Wrap: February 3 edition

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A round-up of pensions news published across the FT this week, from the Investment Association's planned defence of active management, to Luxembourg's pension fund blacklisting VW.

Top 5 pension jobs

Frazer Jones – Pension Scheme Administration Manager

£50,000 - £60,000 | Greater London & Home Counties

 

Tesco – In-House Pension Administration Manager

£Competitive + Benefits | Hertfordshire border

  

Zurich – Pensions Administrator

£Competitive | Cheltenham

 

Phoenix Group – Life & Pensions Product Consultant

£37,692 - £47,115 + benefits | south Birmingham

  

MyCSP – Pensions Administrator

£17,500 - £21,000 | Liverpool & Cheadle

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