Pensions experts predict RPI limbo for years to come

Experts have condemned delays in publishing a long-awaited consultation on reforms to the retail price index, since its outcome could radically alter the fortunes of pension funds and pensioners.

USS DC section to begin exploring alternative assets

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On the go: The Universities Superannuation Scheme is to begin adding alternative assets to its default defined contribution portfolio, the £68bn pension giant announced on Wednesday.

LGPS funds warn of fossil fuel divestment impact

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On the go: Several of Britain’s top pension funds have warned about the impact of fossil fuel divestment plans, as they would have lost hundreds of millions of pounds had they sold out of oil and gas stocks.

The great inflation robbery: How RPI's end could sting trustees

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While Brexit is set to dominate the political agenda again in 2020, for the pensions industry there is another major shift on the horizon that could have a profound impact on funding levels and outcomes for members.

One third of investment firms lacking on systematic ESG analysis

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On the go: Nearly a third of investment managers do not consider environmental, social and governance factors systematically across all asset classes, despite claims from the majority that they invest responsibly, according to a report from LCP.

Border to Coast hires Pimco for multi-asset credit fund

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On the go: Border to Coast Pensions Partnership has appointed Pimco as the core manager for its multi-asset credit fund, which is expected to launch in early 2021.

National Grid scheme commits £185m to UK renewables

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On the go: The National Grid UK Pension Scheme has awarded a £185m mandate to Octopus Renewables to manage UK solar and onshore wind assets.

Brunel eyes full transition of scheme assets by end of 2020

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On the go: The Brunel Pension Partnership is aiming to complete the transition of assets from its partner funds by the fourth quarter of 2020, by which point it expects to have launched the majority of its portfolios.

Local schemes urge Barclays to stop financing fossil fuel companies

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Several local government pension schemes are asking Barclays to publish a plan to gradually phase out its financing of fossil fuel companies, as the bank has provided more than $85bn (£65bn) to such companies since the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015.

Nest eyes move into infra equity

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On the go: Master trust Nest is inviting tenders from managers of infrastructure equity assets, as the provider continues to add to its portfolio of alternatives.