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Pension funds set to play a bigger role in solving homelessness

Karen Ng

Social housing funds have seen their popularity increase among institutional investors, providing risk-adjusted returns to pension funds, which are also able to meet their fiduciary duties with such investments, writes Karen Ng, investment director at Big Society Capital.

Private sector consolidators can learn from LGPS pooling

Chris Rule (teaser)

The Pensions Regulator has given the green light for the establishment of the first private superfunds, but the consolidation of multiple pension schemes is not a simple task. Local Pensions Partnership chief executive Chris Rule explores some lessons of pooling.

McCloud remedy: Are some public servants more equal than others?

Moira Warner (teaser)

The solution proposed by the government for the McCloud age discrimination case ticks all the key fairness boxes, even though all members will not be treated the same, explains Royal London’s senior intermediary development and technical manager, Moira Warner.

Buy-and-maintain credit poised to take centre stage

Hal La Thangue (teaser)

Data crunch: As the UK’s private defined benefit schemes mature and turn increasingly cash flow negative, their focus is shifting beyond funding ratio stability to adopting income-generating investments that help meet pension payments.

Direct contribution: Are pension reforms driving better ESG?

Michael Calvert, Jeremy Harris (teaser)

As pension funds adapt to the latest round of sustainability obligations applicable from October, Fieldfisher’s Michael Calvert and Jeremy Harris discuss whether the legislation is robust and coherent enough to deliver meaningful change.

Not-for-profit sector schemes should consider more specialist approach

Vishal Makkar (teaser)

Buck’s Vishal Makkar on how the not-for-profit sector’s idiosyncrasies demand a specialist approach to pension funding and investment.

Coronavirus crisis shines the spotlight on fiduciary management

Christy Jesudasan (teaser)

BMO Global Asset Management’s Christy Jesudasan gives an update on how the pandemic has impacted fiduciary manager asset views, and explores steps trustees can take to be more nimble in the face of similar volatility.

Trustees need to up their game to protect member journey

Helen Beckinsale (teaser)

Trustees should up their game when it comes to contingency planning and member communications, as 90 per cent of schemes that have entered assessment at the pensions lifeboat fund could be better prepared, writes Helen Beckinsale, panel service manager at the Pension Protection Fund.

Bridging the advice gap, one nudge at a time

Anthony Morrow

OpenMoney's co-founder Anthony Morrow calls on to the pensions industry to change the perception of financial advice, as negative associations with the profession make it more difficult to close the advice gap.

Pensions Expert September edition: Braving post-crisis markets

Angus Peters

Editorial: These days, nothing is certain. But the difficulties defined benefit schemes face in setting their investment and funding strategy over the next year really take the biscuit.