Latest articles from Sophia Imeson

Fairs: Commercial consolidators pose new challenges for regulator

The Pensions Regulator has stated its support for the introduction of defined benefit consolidators, but is still grappling with key risks and challenges including the timing of necessary legislation and the impact consolidators may have on the marketplace.

Joint watchdog strategy to include consumer journey review

The Financial Conduct Authority and the Pensions Regulator have launched a joint regulatory strategy to deliver better outcomes for pension savers, with priorities including a planned consumer journey review and a focus on driving value for money.

Thales ups alts for predictable cash flows

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Trustees of the Thales defined benefit pension fund have taken steps to move away from listed equities and increased the scheme’s exposure to investments with more predictable cash flows.

62% of schemes and sponsors say CMA could go further

Sixty-two per cent of trustees and employers say the Competition and Markets Authority has not gone far enough in its recommendations for the investment consulting and fiduciary management market, according to an XPS Pensions survey.

It's not easy being green

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Editorial: These days it is hard to deny that climate change is a material risk to a wide range of investments.

How will scheme exposure to real estate evolve post-Brexit?

The UK's vote to leave the EU has led to a difficult cycle for real estate, so should trustees be concerned about their UK property holdings?  

Master trust authorisation: How important is timing?

Analysis: From this month, master trusts have until April 2019 to apply to the Pensions Regulator for authorisation. What has the watchdog's feedback shown us so far, and how will timing of applications come into play?

CNPP micro section well poised for scheme buyout

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The GPS EnergySolutions section of the Combined Nuclear Pension Plan is set to wind up, following months of buyout preparation with the trustees and employer.

Advertising transfer values: trustee duty or danger to members?

The volume of defined benefit transfers has soared since the introduction of pension freedoms in 2015. The complexity and risks associated with transfers can seem daunting, so should trustees take a proactive or passive approach to engaging with members on the issue?

A rock and a hard place

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Editorial: Many trustees find themselves between a rock and a hard place when it comes to deciding on their approach to communicating defined benefit transfers to members.