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Global Pensions Wrap: September edition


Our monthly roundup of the best international pensions stories published by the FT’s outlets, featuring US public pensions facing soaring funding gaps, schemes suing McDonalds over allegedly toxic work culture, and a new report casting doubt on the outperformance of sustainable funds.

DB schemes could be ‘doomed to failure’ by new funding code

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Podcast: Defined benefit schemes could be “doomed to failure by measures that are designed to help them”, warns Baroness Ros Altmann, referring to the proposed new funding code.

Shots in the dark?

Shots in the dark?

The mounting evidence questioning the value of consultants’ manager research recommendations.

PIPA 2020: Top managers feature in Guide to Good Pensions

Investment managers pushing the envelope on performance, service and innovation are being celebrated this month in the second part of the Pension and Investment Provider Awards 2020.

Has the DGF had its day?

Broadridge’s Hal La Thangue asks whether the ability of low-correlation diversified growth funds to shine through crises can save them from a tarnished reputation.

Escott on the fast track to Railpen

Caroline Escott

High flyer Caroline Escott joined Railpen on September 1 as senior investment manager for active ownership. At just 36, and a millennial in a senior role, she is a rarity in the six trillion-pound pension industry, not noted for diversity.

Best scheme services providers revealed

Market leaders in performance, innovation and service have been unveiled as the scheme services categories of the Pension and Investment Provider Awards are announced.

TPR to make changes to DB funding ‘fast-track’

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Podcast: The Pensions Regulator will make changes to the fast-track approach proposed in its defined benefit funding consultation due to the impact of Covid-19, revealed its executive director of regulatory policy, analysis and advice David Fairs.

Arc Pensions Law appoints new managing partner

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Rosalind Connor tells Pensions Expert says the wide drafting of the pension schemes bill breaks a key principle of law in democracies.