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TRW drives up high-yield credit allocation

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Trustees for the pension plan of automotive company TRW have added to the scheme's high-yield credit allocation, but opinions on the outlook for this asset class are divided.

Govt to ban cold calls before 2020, but questions remain

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The government is aiming to introduce a cold-calling ban before 2020 and has opposed the idea of compulsory guidance, as the Work and Pensions Committee continues to probe officials as part of its wide-ranging inquiry into pensions freedoms.

Companies must do more to disclose employment practices, report says

Only 10 per cent of FTSE 100 firms are providing meaningful commentary on the stability of their workforce, according to research highlighting pension schemes’ need for information about the employment models of the companies they invest in. 

When bigger is better

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Editorial: When it comes to ensuring value for defined contribution members, bigger may often be better.

TPR reviews value for member assessments in DC

The Pensions Regulator has launched a review into value for member assessments in defined contribution funds, with a view to boosting better outcomes for members of smaller schemes.

Nuffield Health scheme boosts security with ABF


Not-for-profit healthcare provider Nuffield Health has entered into an asset-backed funding arrangement for its £377.1m defined benefit pension fund, as schemes continue to secure benefits with tangible goods.

What can we expect from the Autumn Budget?

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Analysis: The chancellor’s Autumn Budget is fast approaching, but the industry should not expect any radical pension changes from a weak government bogged down by Brexit, experts say.

Employer-hired IFAs could solve member DB transfer advice struggle

Sixty-one per cent of employers say members are having difficulty in finding advisers for pension transfers, a new survey has found, as experts highlighted the need for companies to engage independent financial advisers on behalf of scheme members.

Raising trustee standards: How can the regulator cast its net wider?

Analysis: Member-nominated trustees' level of familiarity with the Pensions Regulator's expectations varies significantly from scheme to scheme, so how can the commitment and understanding shown by some boards be extended across the pensions universe?

Opperman discloses timetable until spring

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PLSA Annual Conference 2017: Pensions minister Guy Opperman provided some clarity on timescales for the dashboard and progress on the creation of a single financial guidance body in a speech at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association’s annual conference.

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