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'Crystal ball-gazing' makes ethical investment tough for trustees

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Podcast: Irwin Mitchell’s pensions partner Penny Cogher and independent consultant Malcolm McLean join us to discuss innovative endgame deals, new insolvency laws, and some morally dubious LGPS investments. 

Global Pensions Wrap: June edition

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From fears over a ‘massive hit’ to portfolios as the US takes aim at Chinese businesses, to the Australian financial regulator being urged to probe the country’s superfunds industry. Read our round-up of pensions and finance news from the FT’s global outlets.

After a fine innings at BW, McLean still wants to bat

A pension legend, Malcolm McLean has just stepped down as a senior consultant with Barnett Waddingham. He has received countless gongs, culminating in an OBE and two awards for outstanding achievement, but as a modest man he does not trumpet such fripperies.

The days of ‘amateurish’ trusteeship are over

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Podcast: The challenges posed by Covid-19 will accelerate the move towards professional trusteeship, according to Mercer’s chief actuary Charles Cowling, who argues that the responsibilities in this area post-coronavirus will be too much for lay trustees to handle alone. He and Catherine McFadyen, head of public sector actuarial, benefits and governance at Hymans Robertson, discuss LGPS funding, the impact of mortality rates, and give their predictions about the post-crisis world.

Pensions Expert May 2020: Digital edition available now

A second edition of Pensions Expert to arrive to you in lockdown sees the UK, and the pensions sector, starting to grapple with the tough questions.

McClymont: UK still has far too many master trusts

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Podcast: The UK master trust market is still lacking the scale needed to provide the best outcomes for members, argues Gregg McClymont, director of policy at The People’s Pension. He and Pat Sharman, managing director at Caceis, discuss concerns from the Pensions Regulator regarding the investment strategies pursued by some of the UK’s authorised master trusts, among other topics.

Pensions Expert webinar: The future of trusteeship

As the pensions industry is turned on its head due to the Coronavirus crisis, how have working practices had to be adjusted, and how can pension professionals guarantee that members will have their retirement needs met?

Global Pensions Wrap: May edition

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From a Norwegian oil fund chief admitting he ‘screwed up’ over a flight scandal, to Franklin Templeton’s decision to wind up six funds in India. Read our round-up of pensions and finance news from the FT’s global outlets.

Trustees cautioned to be vigilant about relaxed rules

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Podcast: Trustees should not take advantage of easements introduced by the Pensions Regulator, which has relaxed its enforcement rules and reporting guidelines, warns John Reeve, director at Cosan Consulting. He and Kate Smith, head of pensions at Aegon, discuss the recent changes to the pensions industry brought by the Covid-19 pandemic, alongside other issues.