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Global Pensions Wrap: April 19 edition

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A round-up of the pensions industry stories published across the FT Group – from a US pension's sustainable portfolio plans, to talks between foreign insurers and Chinese officials over the country's private pensions space.

Global Pensions Wrap: April 13 edition

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A round-up of the pensions industry stories published across the FT Group – institutions' grip on the fate of the Italian economy to reluctant Irish adoption of liability hedging.

Pensions taper is bad medicine for the NHS and should be ditched

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Financial Times pensions correspondent Josephine Cumbo says the tapered annual allowance has missed its intended target and is damaging key public services, in her monthly column for Pensions Expert.

Global Pensions Wrap: April 6

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A round-up of the pensions industry stories published across the FT Group – from ExxonMobil getting one up on its climate-aware shareholders, to the resurgent Japanese hedge fund industry.

Select committee gives pension industry low marks for transparency

On the go: The pensions and financial inclusion minister Guy Opperman, and John Glen, the economic secretary to HM Treasury, were grilled by the Work and Pensions Committee investigating pension costs and transparency on Wednesday.

Transfer values rise sharply during March as demand remains high

On the go: Pension transfer values rose substantially during March, peaking at almost £251,000, according to consultancy XPS Pensions.

Pension professionals distrust consolidation, finds PMI poll

On the go: A significant minority of pensions professionals are distrustful of both defined contribution and defined benefit consolidation, according to a poll from the Pensions Management Institute.

Is LGPS governance up to scratch?

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Podcast: From asset pooling and actuarial valuations, to administration and data, local government pension schemes have a lot to think about this year – meaning good governance is more important than ever. In this podcast episode, Kirsty Bartlett, partner at law firm Squire Patton Boggs, and Ian Colvin, head of LGPS benefits and governance at Hymans Robertson, discuss potential conflicts of interest, pressure on fund resources and the importance of focusing on administration.

Global Pensions Wrap: March 30

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A round-up of the pensions industry stories published across the FT Group – from a nasty surprise for employers in a Kentucky public pension plan, to the creation of the world's first index aligned with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

John Laing divests asset-backed funding from former sponsor

The John Laing Pension Fund has sold its remaining stake in infrastructure company John Laing Environmental Assets Group, a holding initially contributed to the scheme as part of a contingent funding plan in 2015.