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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.

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.

Schemes cannot eliminate chance of cyber breach

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Podcast: Pension schemes hold an extraordinary amount of personal data. Though trustees have done much since the passage of GDPR to improve data security, it is impossible to remove the risk of breaches entirely. So says ITM director Maurice Titley, joined this week by Aon partner Lynda Whitney to discuss cyber security, McCloud, and Covid-19’s impact on recovery plans.

Pension schemes bill could have ‘unintended consequences’

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Podcast: The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association’s LGPS and DB policy lead Tiffany Tsang and Eversheds Sutherland partner Jeremy Goodwin join us to discuss potential “unintended consequences” from the pension schemes bill, fallout from the insolvency bill, and Richard Curtis’s Make My Money Matter campaign.

PPF could face new court case on benefits

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Podcast: Ian Neale, director at Aries Insight, and Sara Protheroe, chief customer officer at the Pension Protection Fund, discuss the court ruling which determined that the PPF cap is age discrimination, the interim regime for superfunds, and the implications of the new insolvency bill for pension schemes.

'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. 

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.

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.

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.

Three-month DB contribution holiday ‘might not be enough’

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Podcast: Measures introduced by the Pensions Regulator – which allow employers to freeze their defined benefit obligations for three months in response to the economic fallout from coronavirus – might need to be reviewed, warned Emma Watkins, annuities director at Scottish Widows. However, she says the plan gives “breathing space to the most stressed pension schemes”, an opinion shared by Simon Kew, covenant adviser and former manager at the regulator.