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The Weekly Wrap: January 12 edition

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A round-up of the pensions industry stories published across the FT Group – from a pension lawsuit over student loan misdeeds, to Aussie supers and regulators slammed for failing members.

A closer look at DB consolidation

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Podcast: Last month, the government published a consultation on the consolidation of defined benefit pension schemes. What is the outlook for DB superfunds? And what should trustees consider if they are thinking about switching from a sponsor covenant to a consolidator covenant? In this episode, Alex Hutton-Mills, managing director at Lincoln Pensions, and Paul McGlone, president of the Society of Pension Professionals, discuss the consultation and whether early adopter nerves are holding back inflows to the new DB consolidators.

The Weekly Wrap: January 5 edition

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A round-up of the pensions industry stories published across the FT Group – from NHS staff quitting their pension scheme, to a land deal loss for the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System.

PIPA 2019: Meet the judges

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Pensions Expert has assembled a team of leading authorities on pension scheme management to judge the 2019 edition of the Pensions and Investment Provider Awards, which are now open for entry.

The Weekly Wrap: December 22 edition

A round-up of the pensions industry stories published across the FT Group – from CalPERS demanding to know what its asset managers pay staff, to Vladimir Putin's defence of state pension reforms.

Where next for the pensions dashboard?

From the blog: According to the Department for Work and Pensions, the average Briton has a total of 11 different jobs throughout their career. That could mean 11 different pensions during your lifetime.

For most people, keeping track of multiple pension funds and investments is an unenviable task.   

Having a central pensions dashboard aims to resolve this issue and ultimately make people more engaged with their retirement savings.

But with the government’s long-awaited feasibility report into the dashboard finally being published nine months after it was first expected, questions still remain about to how to get the dashboard from an idea to a reality.

The Weekly Wrap: December 15 edition

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A round-up of the pensions industry stories published across the FT Group – from a group of pension schemes suing an aerospace company over greenhouse gas inaction, to a funding boost for police pensions in England and Wales.

Next steps for the pensions dashboard project

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Podcast: Earlier this month, the Department for Work and Pensions published its long-awaited feasibility report and consultation on how the industry can create online pensions dashboards. What does the industry make of the study? And how much progress is needed to make the project a success? In this episode, Girish Menezes, board director at the Pensions Administration Standards Association, and Anthony Rafferty, managing director of fintech company Origo, discuss compulsion, dashboard governance and data.

Top tips for a successful approach to the bulk annuity market

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From the blog: 2018 is set to be a record-breaking year in the bulk annuity risk transfer market.

The transaction total for pension scheme buy-ins and buyouts is expected to exceed £20bn by the end of 2018, according to Hymans Robertson research, and there are predictions that 2019 will surpass this record.

There is no question that there are more schemes chasing buy-in deals than there are insurers willing to write that business – the long-predicted capacity crunch has arrived.

For well-funded schemes who are new to this market, the crunch in insurer capacity means trustees need to prepare their scheme for sale.