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Better trusteeship key to any future DB plans

Efforts to improve the level of experience and competence of trustee boards must not come at the expense of diversity, politicians have warned, as dealing with groupthink remains a key concern in defined benefit pensions.

Delays in transfer value process threaten member outcomes

The Pensions Regulator has been asked to look at streamlining the process for providing cash equivalent transfer values, after complaints from advisers that delays in schemes providing necessary information meant members were missing out.

Centrica drills for returns with high-yield allocation

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The Centrica Combined Common Investment Fund, which manages holdings for the energy giant’s pension schemes, has trimmed its exposure to corporate bonds, reweighting its portfolio towards high-yield debt.

CDC could refocus industry on purposeful finance

Refocusing the industry on the purpose of finance could deliver huge benefits to UK pensions, a new academic paper has suggested, as calls were lodged for the resurrection of collective defined contribution.

NICs U-turn puts pension tax back on the table

Philip Hammond has cancelled plans to increase class 4 national insurance contributions for the self-employed, creating a £2bn shortfall in the nation’s accounts between 2018 and 2022, which many fear will be plugged by changes to pension tax relief.

Monitoring key as risk creeps into managers’ direct lending strategies

Increasingly complex models of unitranche loan agreements are being brought to market by managers offering direct lending products, a research paper has found, demanding careful governance from pension scheme investors.

How would Scottish independence impact schemes?

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Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon will seek a second referendum on Scottish independence, to be held by spring of 2019, triggering concerns about the challenges a Yes vote would pose to UK pensions.

Lack of consultant feedback threatens scheme governance

PLSA Investment Conference 2017: More than half of professional trustees and consultants rate their clients’ decision-making capabilities as acceptable or below, as industry figures have urged a rethinking of boardroom psychology.

Trustees must secure funding after GM sells Vauxhall to PSA


General Motors has announced the sale of Vauxhall to French car manufacturer PSA Group, but will retain responsibility for the company’s funded and unfunded UK pension obligations, sparking concerns over the security of members' benefits.

Savers prepared to look past charges for returns

Good returns are the primary concern for pension scheme members when assessing value for money, according to research conducted by 11 independent governance committees, with charges sitting outside the top 10 of saver concerns.

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