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Global Pensions Wrap: August 24 edition


A round-up of the top global pensions stories from the FT group this week, from schemes ramping up pressure for gender disclosures, to a California pension moving to join the Facebook governance lawsuit.

What falling sterling means for pension funds

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Podcast: It has been a rocky few months for sterling, with the currency falling more than 7 per cent since May. In this podcast, Shoqat Bunglawala, head of Goldman Sachs Asset Management’s global portfolio solutions business, and Simeon Willis, chief investment officer at XPS Pensions, discuss the main reasons behind the decline, and what it means for pension funds.

Global Pensions Wrap: August 17 edition


From the Turkish army pension fund agreeing to take over British Steel, to Aussie supers facing potential legal action – the global headlines from around the FT this week.

Tackling the 'long tail' of underperforming smaller schemes

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Podcast: The Pensions Regulator’s latest defined contribution survey revealed that only 4 per cent of micro schemes and 1 per cent of small schemes are meeting all of the watchdog’s governance standards. David Fairs, TPR's executive director for regulatory policy, analysis and advice, has previously described the "long tail" of underperforming smaller schemes as "unacceptable". In this podcast, Mr Fairs talks to Pensions Expert about what the survey's findings mean, and how the DC landscape might change. 

Global Pensions Wrap: August 10 edition

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From a California investment adviser pleading guilty to embezzlement, to the Turkish military's interest in British Steel - the global headlines from around the FT this week.

Global Pensions Wrap: August 3 edition

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A whistle-stop tour of the top pensions news from the FT group this week, featuring an expenses scandal in Los Angeles, the French battle over pensions consolidation and the US’s continued encroachment into East Asia.

The Global Pensions Wrap: July 27 edition


The pick of pensions headlines around the FT this week include a proposed £39bn package for forgivable loans to troubled multi-employer schemes and Kent Pension Fund's involvement in the Woodford saga.

The future of trusteeship

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Podcast: Is there a big difference in governance standards between boards with a professional trustee and boards without? Should lay trustees have to demonstrate how they have acquired a minimum level of knowledge and understanding? And what can be done to increase diversity on boards? In this episode, Laura Andrikopoulos, head of governance consulting at Hymans Robertson, discusses some of the Pensions Regulator's 'Future of trusteeship and governance' consultation proposals, and what impact they might have on the industry.

The Global Pensions Wrap: July 20 edition


The pick of pensions headlines around the FT this week include the Securities and Exchange Commission putting up a hurdle to global responsible investment efforts and Emmanuel Macron's bold attempt to make French workers retire later.