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PPF: DB funding levels highest since 2014

Defined benefit scheme funding levels have passed 90 per cent on a s179 basis for the first time since March 2014, according to the latest edition of the Purple Book.

All FTSE 350 DB schemes could be closed in 10 years

New research predicts that all defined benefit schemes of companies in the FTSE 350 index are likely to be closed to future benefit accrual within 10 years.

DB advisers could be sued over climate change risk

Defined benefit investment consultants and actuaries may be legally bound to advise on material climate change risk, according to new research.

Lower rise in life expectancy no cure for schemes

After years of steady increases, improvement in life expectancy dropped to 1 per cent a year in 2016 from 3.1 per cent per year in 2011 in England and Wales, but low discount rates mean the rises still matter.

MPs launch inquiry into CDC

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The Work and Pensions Committee has begun an inquiry into collective defined contribution schemes, but experts remain unconvinced of European-style risk-sharing, highlighting intergenerational and moral hazard risks.

Autumn Budget 2017: Reaction from the experts

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Podcast: What will the Autumn Budget mean for the pensions industry? Ruth Bamforth, director at law firm Walker Morris, and David Brooks, pensions technical director at Broadstone Corporate Benefits discuss a pensions-light Budget and the Chancellor's proposals for facilitating pension fund investment in patient capital.

Government pushes for patient capital in Autumn Budget

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Autumn Budget 2017: Chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond stated the government’s desire to see pension funds invest in patient capital as part of its Autumn Budget.

Islington weighs up equity protection strategies

The £1.3bn London Borough of Islington Pension Fund is assessing three equity protection strategies as part of its ongoing investment strategy update.

Worker status at centre of draft bill on gig economy

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The Work and Pensions Committee and the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee have published a draft bill and a report on workers’ rights and the gig economy.

Forces win back payout for family bereavement

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The Ministry of Defence has agreed to introduce the Short-Term Family Pension to the Armed Forces Pension Scheme 2015. The provision, which is in place for members of the 1975 scheme, was not carried over to the new 2015 scheme.

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