Latest articles from Angus Peters

L&G master trust default goes green due to member demand

News On the Go

On the go: The Legal & General Mastertrust is switching its default investment strategy to take account of environmental, social and governance risks, after a study revealed almost 60 per cent of its members favour the approach.

Keep in mind the member impact of pension changes

Angus Peters

Editorial: The March edition of Pensions Expert is out tomorrow, and several stories in this month’s magazine remind us of the people affected by the decisions made by trustees, sponsors, advisers, providers and government.

Delivery date for vital CMA reforms questioned

The government has welcomed reforms to the fiduciary management and investment consulting industry suggested by the Competition and Markets Authority, but experts fear it may be some time before key recommendations are implemented.

DB schemes creep back towards full PPF funding

On the go: The 5,450 defined benefit schemes in the UK are inching back towards surplus on the Pension Protection Fund's measure, with an aggregate deficit of just £8.6bn.

BMA launches legal challenge against govt over NHS pensions

On the go: The British Medical Association plans to take the government to court over discriminatory aspects of the NHS Pension Scheme, the trade union announced on Monday. 

Regulator turns focus to DB sponsors’ long-term plans

Trustees and sponsors of defined benefit pension schemes will have to recognise a long-term funding target for their plans, under guidance set out on Tuesday by the Pensions Regulator.

Data Crunch: Rush of pension capital into infrastructure continues

Pension money is pouring into infrastructure. Portfolio analysis by Pensions Expert’s sister title Mandatewire reveals that the cash-generative asset is proving the perfect fit for mature defined benefit schemes, despite buyout looming for some trustees.

Trustees not responsible for bad IFA transfer work, scheme professionals say

Steel

Advisers to pension schemes have hit out at proposals that British Steel Pension Scheme should award discretionary payouts to members who mistakenly left the plan, saying it shifts the blame for bad financial advice on to trustees.

Alternative risk premium funds fail to deliver on promises in testing 2018

Analysis: Pension schemes continue to pour assets into fast-growing alternative risk premium strategies, despite a torrid 2018 for returns and concerns over the diversification benefits delivered by the funds.

How to beat volatility in 2019

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Volatility made its grand return to many of the key markets in which pension funds invest assets towards the end of 2018, driven by geopolitical instability and fears that the end of a long business cycle may finally be nigh. 2017 seems a long way away. Angus Peters explores reasons to be cheerful despite the gloomy outlook.