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How should trustees be monitoring their employer covenant?

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Podcast: Over the Past few years, headlines highlighting several high-profile defined benefit pension cases have hammered home the importance of having a strong covenant. Mark Evans, director at Independent Trustee Services, and Adolfo Aponte, director at covenant specialists Lincoln Pensions, explain how trustees can keep tabs on their employer.

Mastertrust authorisation: TPR explains readiness review feedback

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Video: From April 2019, mastertrusts will not be allowed to operate unless they have been authorised by the Pensions Regulator. Applications for authorisation commence in October this year, and the watchdog has received 33 draft authorisation applications as part of its readiness review process. Kim Brown, head of mastertrust authorisation and supervision, discusses the regulator's recently published feedback and key lessons learned.

What would be the impact of tighter regulation of actuaries?

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Podcast: An advisory group to the government review of the Financial Reporting Council is considering the role of actuaries and the extent to which actuaries should be subject to formal regulation in response to the pensions-related nature of recent corporate failures. Bob Scott, senior partner at actuarial consultancy LCP and immediate past chair of the Association of Consulting Actuaries, discusses the potential impacts of tighter regulation of the profession, and what it could mean for pension funds.

What can be done to help savers achieve a better retirement income?

Podcast: Eighty per cent of people are not sure whether they are saving the right amount for retirement, according to the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association. What can be done to help savers achieve a better income in retirement? In this episode, James Walsh, the PLSA’s policy lead on engagement, EU and regulation, discusses auto-enrolment minimum contribution increases, the self-employed, and confusion about pensions.

DB transfers: What trustees and employers should consider

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Podcast: Since the introduction of freedom and choice in 2015, more and more savers have showed an interest in defined benefit transfers. In this episode, Ben Roe, senior partner and head of member options at Aon, and Gary Evans, board director at the Pensions and Administration Standards Association and chair of Pasa's Transfers Working Group, discuss the responsibilities of trustees and employers when it comes to DB transfers, and how they can support members in making the right decisions. 

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.