TPR to accept CDC applications from August

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The Pensions Regulator has published its draft code of practice governing authorisation for collective defined contribution schemes, and is set to begin accepting applications from August.

Fiduciary managers downplay pandemic disruptions

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More than three-quarters of fiduciary managers endured control failures in 2020, despite “widespread claims” to the contrary, according to a new report from IC Select.

TPR to publish new CDC code before the end of January

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The Pensions Regulator will be consulting on a new code of practice for the authorisation and supervision of collective defined contribution pension schemes before the end of January, chief executive Charles Counsell has revealed.

MPs warn of further state pension errors in scathing report

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The Public Accounts Committee is calling for the government’s state pension payment system to be overhauled and underpayments to be treated more seriously, while warning that other errors could still be unidentified.

Activists demand LGPS divestment from factory farming

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Several Local Government Pension Scheme funds have come under pressure from animal rights activists over their exposure to factory farming, facing demands for divestment.

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How to enhance the yield from your scheme’s CDI allocations

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Despite falling bond yields and credit spreads, schemes can still make the most of cash flow-driven investment strategies, writes Axa Investment Managers’ senior credit portfolio manager, Rob Price.

Private debt can help schemes reach endgame goals

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Buck’s principal and actuary Ian Burns explains why private debt can be suited for pension schemes with a long-term investment outlook looking for extra income as a way to reach endgame.

Pension scams – it feels like we might be winning

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Broadstone’s technical director, David Brooks, details how the new transfer rules that came into force in November are expected to make a positive change in the fight against pension scams.

Videos & Podcasts

Schemes need to constantly engage with managers to achieve net zero

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Podcast: Lombard Odier Investment Managers’ Thomas Höhne-Sparborth and the Environment Agency Pension Fund’s Marion Maloney discuss how schemes can put in place and achieve net zero targets.

DC focus must ‘fundamentally shift’ from costs to value in 2022

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Podcast: Darren Philp, director of policy and communication at Smart Pension, and Mike Ambery, partner at Hymans Robertson, discuss the defined contribution outlook, expanding auto-enrolment, and reforming Solvency II.

How to bridge the pensions gap

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Video: Joanne Segars, chair of Now Pensions’ trustee board, discusses the conclusions of a new report into the UK’s ‘underpensioned’ populations produced by the master trust and the Pensions Policy Institute, potential policy changes, and what trustees can do to help their members.

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DC governance: a diverging landscape, but for how long?

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CPD: With a multitude of different types of defined contribution schemes in the UK, Hymans Robertson partner Laura Andrikopoulos details the current governance practices in the sector and how these will change due to new regulations and master trust consolidation.

Are you ready for pensions in 2022?

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CPD: Gowling WLG’s Ian Chapman-Curry looks forward to a momentous year for the pensions industry, with key parts of the Pension Schemes Act due to come into force and continuing progress on the pensions dashboards and defined benefit scheme funding regime, among others.

Fears for dashboards as complexities cast doubt on 2023 launch

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CPD: With pending regulations and a lack of certainty on details surrounding pensions dashboards, Stephanie Hawthorne describes the progress so far on a project dubbed the ‘poster child’ for the industry.