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The Weekly Wrap: July 21 edition

A round-up of the pensions industry stories published across the FT Group this week, from Glencore's search for an investment partner, to the challenges facing today's young pension savers.


We need action on cold-calling now

Sophia Imeson

From the blog: We live in an age in which the internet finds something to promote or celebrate every day, week or month, from cupcakes to allotments. Believe it or not, there is even a world egg day.


There are also specific periods of time set aside for more salient subjects, such as National Stress Awareness Day and Pensions Awareness Day, the latter taking place in September.


July, however, just so happens to be Scams Awareness Month, and is designed to help people spot scams and report suspicious activity.


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Students believe in funding retirement later and independently

From the blog: With grades, graduation and graduate jobs being of immediate priority, there is little concern of retirement plans and pensions among students. Following those are concerns about home-owning, holidays and being happy right now.


As a student, I am rather unfazed by the prospect of retirement.


The knowledge of living longer and thus working longer pushes myself and other young people to presume we have plenty of time to be riddled with retirement-related worry – now is not that time.


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Now is not the time to get cold feet on equities

Bob Campion

From the blog: What goes up must come down. Bull runs cannot last forever and after a prolonged period of strong equity returns – against the background of an economic recovery that has lasted eight years – investors are wondering whether the end of the business cycle is within sight. 


However, many argue that fears of a looming recession have been overplayed and trustees should not get cold feet on equities.


Pessimists argue the duration of business cycles is the main cause for concern. 


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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.

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