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Return to equities not a sign of volatility ending, consultants say

Data crunch: UK pension fund allocations to equities ticked upwards in the first quarter of 2019, according to data collected by Pensions Expert’s sister title MandateWire, as managers sought to capitalise on falling prices in late 2018.

Stagecoach announces next wave of legal action against DfT

News On the Go

On the go: Stagecoach started the second wave of its legal action against the Department for Transport on Friday, claiming it was illegally excluded from three rail franchise contests in April over pensions liabilities.

Ex-energy secretary: Force divestment from companies flouting Paris accord

Former energy secretary Sir Ed Davey outlined his “radical but practical” vision to tackle climate change in Westminster on Wednesday, as cross-party pressure mounts on the government to take action.

USS targets steady returns with KCom investment

Source: Bloomberg

The actions of bellwether schemes like the £64bn Universities Superannuation Scheme are always closely watched, but scrutiny on USS is particularly acute after widespread strike action last year. Last month, the UK’s largest private plan agreed a £504m cash takeover of telecoms business KCom.

Global Pensions Wrap: May 11 2019


A round-up of the global pensions industry stories published across the FT Group – from yet another row over pay at a US state pension, to a Spanish bank’s innovative use of Amazon Alexa to sell funds.

Scrap ‘rotten’ taper altogether, former pensions ministers tell chancellor

Pressure is mounting on the chancellor to take action on NHS pensions, as two former pensions ministers on Wednesday called for the “fundamentally rotten” tapered annual allowance to be scrapped.

Reform NHS pension rules or face walkouts, BMA warns

On the go: Senior NHS doctors will cut their working hours unless there is tangible reform to the health service pension scheme, the British Medical Association warned the Chancellor of the Exchequer on Thursday.

Government urged to force matching of voluntary contributions

The government should force employers to match voluntary pension contributions made above auto-enrolment minimums, according to investment platform Hargreaves Lansdown.