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Regulator explains quicker, clearer, tougher

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Video: The Pensions Regulator has promised to be quicker, clearer and tougher in its new approach to regulating DB schemes, but what does it actually mean? Nicola Parish, executive director of frontline regulation, talks DB criminal sanctions, corporate activity and superfunds in this interview with Pensions Expert.

Guy Opperman talks AE, the self-employed and superfunds

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Podcast: From the government's review of auto-enrolment, to the publication of its defined benefit white paper, the past 12 months have been a busy time regarding retirement saving. While a significant amount of progress has been made, plenty more is needed. In this podcast, Guy Opperman, minister for pensions and financial inclusion, discusses auto-enrolment, pensions for the self-employed and superfunds.

How is LGPS pooling driving responsible investment?

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Podcast: As Local Government Pension Scheme pooling progresses, the £29bn Brunel Pension Partnership – which includes 10 LGPS funds, including the Environment Agency Pension Fund – has been one of the strongest advocates of responsible investing. In this podcast, Brunel’s chief executive officer, Dawn Turner, discusses how far institutional investors have come with sustainable investment, what progress needs to be made, and how the Brunel pool views environmental, social and governance issues.

How will the UK's first pension superfund work?

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Podcast: The UK's first superfund was announced in March, a day after the government encouraged the creation of commercial consolidators in its long-awaited white paper on the defined benefit sector. Alan Rubenstein, chief executive of The Pension SuperFund, discusses how the vehicle will work, and when it might absorb its first DB scheme. 

Mastertrust draft code sets out TPR expectations

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Video: The Pensions Regulator will support mastertrusts with a new code, which is subject to consultation, setting out what will be required under the new regime due to come into force in October. Kim Brown, head of master trust authorisation and supervision, explains what the regulator will be expecting mastertrusts to demonstrate.

Protecting DB pensions: The white paper’s proposals

Podcast: While the government’s recently published white paper on protecting defined benefit pensions included a range of proposals, some issues are still subject to consultation. Gabrielle Holgate, partner at law firm Stevens & Bolton, and Martin Hunter, principal at consultancy Xafinity Punter Southall, talk about the impact of the proposals on schemes and employers. 

Spring Statement 2018: What does it mean for trustees and savers?

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Podcast: There were no major pension announcements in this year's Spring Statement. Instead, Chancellor Philip Hammond focused on debt and growth forecasts, emphasising that there was “light at the end of the tunnel”. Lynda Whitney, partner at Aon, and Hugh Nolan, president of the Society of Pension Professionals and director of consultancy Spence & Partners, discuss the statement, and what it means for pension trustees and savers. 

Switching to CPI: What should trustees consider?

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Video: For many companies with defined benefit pension funds, switching from the retail price index to the consumer price index would significantly decrease their pension liabilities. Duncan Buchanan, partner at law firm Hogan Lovells, and Vicky Paramour, professional trustee at trustee firm Law Debenture, debate what scheme trustees need to consider before agreeing to such a change.

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