Positive outlook for bulk annuity transactions in 2022

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On the go: Insurers’ appetite for bulk annuities could be heightened in 2022 after a relatively slow 2021, according to research from Barnett Waddingham.

Pension funds ‘outcompeted’ on UK green infrastructure investments


Sky-high demand for UK green infrastructure assets means pension funds are often unable to invest as much as they would like in the asset class, industry figures have argued.

Derisking activity ramps up in Q3

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Data crunch: Derisking activity picked up in the third quarter of 2021, as bulk annuity transactions reached their highest point of the year.

Arjo UK Pension Scheme hires new fiduciary manager

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On the go: The Arjo UK Pension Scheme has hired Kempen Capital Management UK as its fiduciary manager.

Border to Coast launches £3.7bn Multi-Asset Credit Fund

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On the go: The Border to Coast Pensions Partnership has increased its aggregate investments to £34.6bn by announcing the launch of a £3.7bn Multi-Asset Credit Fund.

COP26 sees 12% uptick in net zero commitments


More than half (52 per cent) of insurers and 50 per cent of pension funds have committed to making their portfolios net zero by 2050, up 12 per cent from last year, according to a new report from Aviva Investors.

UN goals can act as guide for schemes making societal impact


The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals list 17 ambitions to improve the lives of people globally, spanning matters of poverty, equality, environmentalism and health. Much of the focus of the SDGs is on the developing world, yet lessons can be taken from the ambitions and used to improve the lives of people in the UK.

Honda pension scheme appoints Mercer as fiduciary manager

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On the go: The £1.7bn Honda Group UK Pension Scheme has selected Mercer to provide fiduciary management services.

Fiduciary mandates and outsourced investment: Spotting the differences


CPD: With some pension schemes opting to outsource their entire investment portfolio instead of hiring a fiduciary manager, Rachel So explains what the differences are and how the CMA rules still apply in both cases.

£450bn of inflation-linked liabilities remains unmatched

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On the go: Some £450bn of inflation-linked liabilities belonging to defined benefit schemes remains unmatched due to a shortage of long-dated gilts, according to analysis by Alpha Real Capital.