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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.

Doctors express anger at NHS scheme failings

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The leviathan NHS Pension Scheme is under fire again, with a Byzantine labyrinth of responsibilities, administration failings, and frustrations at government pensions policy infuriating medical staff.

LGPS funds strive to make an impact with build to rent

A minor revolution is taking place in town halls across the country. Local authority pension funds are changing tack, eschewing traditional equities for alternatives, and looking to make a difference with their allocations.

Caffyns appoints fiduciary manager and overhauls portfolio

Trustees of the £86m Caffyns Pension Scheme have appointed a fiduciary manager to improve the performance of the fund’s assets, leading to a restructuring of its investment portfolio.  

M&S portal launch sees 12,000 DB members sign up

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Marks and Spencer have launched a new portal service that will allow its pension scheme members to access employee pension records around the clock and enable them to complete a wide range of tasks.

JLT switch to TDF default sees boost in engagement

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An overhaul of the default arrangement in the Jardine Lloyd Thompson Pension Scheme’s defined contribution section, switching from a lifestyle arrangement to target date funds, has brought its more engaged members back from their self-select funds.

BBC matches cash flows after strong 2017 returns

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The BBC Pension Scheme has slashed its exposure to equity markets, in an attempt to lock in recent outperformance with liability-driven investment, private credit and alternative matching assets.

BT’s 'sleight of hand' bond gift slashes accounting deficit

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BT’s defined benefit scheme has seen its accounting deficit drop by £1.8bn over the past quarter after investing in the bonds of its own sponsor, but some experts have questioned whether the move has any meaningful impact on member security.

Asos staff to have choice between pension and Lisa

Online clothing retailer Asos has issued a request for proposal for a new flexible employee savings provider, after it decided to let staff choose whether to focus on saving for retirement or shorter-term goals.

Pearson follows pack in targeting drawdown for DC defaults

The Pearson Pension Plan is introducing two new lifestyle options for its defined contribution members as they approach retirement, responding to a perceived demand for greater flexibility.