Latest articles from Sandra Wolf

Musical chairs

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Editorial: Protest, disappointment and even anger met the news that David Gauke, the politician with Treasury experience, has been moved from his post as work and pensions secretary in Theresa May’s latest Cabinet reshuffle. He was replaced by Esther McVey, the department’s 14th secretary of state in 20 years.

Distributed trust: Blockchain transactions to become 'commonplace'

Analysis: It is a humble back office function, yet blockchain has everyone excited. So what will its arrival change for pension fund investors?

Freedoms still have industry in their grip: Top DC stories from 2017

Year in review: The sea change policy of freedom and choice brought in more than two years ago continues to dominate in the defined contribution world.

Govt 'minded' to introduce mandatory trustee ESG statements

The government is to consult on whether trustees should be required to state their policies on sustainability, member concerns and stewardship, and will clarify current legislation as part of a wider push to increase pension investment in social and illiquid assets.

BT scheme cuts TPA contract short to pull admin in-house

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The BT Pension Scheme is moving the administration for its 300,000-member scheme in-house next year, not long into a contract extension with a third-party provider.

The heat is on for a cold-calling ban

Sandra Wolf

From the blog: Frank Field’s call for action on cold-calling has reminded us of the fact that despite industry and government agreeing that savers need to be protected from scammers, precisely nothing has happened.

 

We might be tempted to look to the banking sector, where various rules apply depending on how cash was taken from someone’s account – via debit card, credit card or through identity theft.

 

However, if a transaction to scammers was authorised by an unsuspecting account holder, there too, little can be done to get the money back.

 

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A pension for Christmas

Illustration by Ben Jennings

Editorial: Defined benefit funding levels are at their highest point since 2014, but employers continue to close schemes they see as a burden.

Club together?

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Editorial: Collective defined contribution is getting another close look. And it probably will do until pure DC can prove it allows people to have a decent retirement.

New regime could reduce number of mastertrusts by a third

The government has set out draft regulations for defined contribution mastertrusts, estimating that the rules will cut the number of mastertrusts to about 56 from currently 87.

Wanted: Long-term investors

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Editorial: The chancellor’s Autumn Budget provided a gloomy prediction of an economy bruised by Brexit, and aimed to set out an industrial strategy to get the UK back on track – with the help of pension fund money.

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