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The Weekly Wrap: February 16 edition

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A round-up of the pensions news stories published across the FT Group this week, from Texas pensions turning to emerging managers, to Luxembourg's financial regulator developing robot supervisors.

How to approach the bulk annuity market

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Podcast: 2019 is predicted to break last year's record for bulk annuity deals. But with insurers being more selective, experts have stressed the need for defined benefit pension scheme trustees to make sure they are well prepared before approaching the market. In this episode, Marian Elliott, head of integrated actuarial at consultancy Redington, discusses the main drivers behind increased derisking activity in recent years, and explains how pension funds should prepare for transactions.

PASA looks to future of e-admin with scheme survey

The Pensions Administration Standards Association is calling on pensions managers and scheme trustees to open up about the quality of their administration in a new survey.

PIPA deadline extended to February 8

Asset managers, consultancies and pension schemes will have a further week to enter the 2019 Pension and Investment Provider Awards and stake their claim as the best in their respective industries.

The Weekly Wrap: February 2 edition

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A round-up of the pensions news stories published across the FT Group this week, including big dollar inflows to hedge funds and a call to action to bond investors on climate change concerns.

The Weekly Wrap: January 26 edition

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A round-up of the pensions industry stories published across the FT Group – from market turmoil hitting the University of California's portfolio, to infrastructure investors putting a ‘blanket ban’ on UK assets.

ESG: Trustee investment duties explained

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Podcast: New regulations coming into force this year mean pension schemes will be required to publish more-detailed statements of investment principles. These will address financially material environmental, social and governance risks, such as climate change. In this episode, Stuart O'Brien, a partner at law firm Sackers, discusses recent ESG-related developments, the danger of conflating ethical matters with ESG considerations, and explains how schemes can respond to member and pressure group queries.