Latest articles from Benjamin Mercer

USS sponsor claims members will be ‘priced out’ without reform

News on the go

On the go: Universities UK, the group representing 340 Universities Superannuation Scheme employers, has warned that USS members will be priced out of the scheme if the union’s threats of strike action derail reform proposals.

Mandating net zero could ‘cut straight through’ fiduciary duties

Podcasts

Podcast: Stuart O’Brien, partner at Sackers, and Gareth Stears, pensions technical consultant at Aries Insight, discuss ESG and net zero, social housing, and the Pensions Regulator’s controversial criminal powers.

STV Group reaches agreement on DB schemes’ valuations and funding

News on the go

On the go: Glasgow-based media company STV Group has reached an agreement with the trustees of its two defined benefit schemes over its December 2020 funding valuations and recovery plans.

CMA to investigate Willis Towers Watson deal

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On the go: The Competition and Markets Authority has announced an investigation into a planned merger between American insurance brokerage Arthur J Gallagher & Co and Willis Re, Willis Towers Watson’s treaty reinsurance business.

Govt presses ahead on public sector schemes cost-control reform

Bloomberg

The government has announced its intention to push ahead with reform of the cost-control mechanism used in public sector pensions, despite criticism from some in the industry.

Trustees on the hook as ‘high street’ advice market goes into free fall

Financial advice

Trustees are being saddled with the burden of sourcing financial advice for members as the high street advice market goes into free fall, halving in just three years, LCP has said.

CD&R called to reassure MPs over Morrisons takeover

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On the go: Labour and Liberal Democrats MPs have warned Clayton, Dubilier & Rice that it must make guarantees to workers and rule out asset-stripping as it looks set to complete its £7.1bn Morrisons takeover.

FTSE 100 DB surplus not immune to funding code and inflation shocks

News on the go

On the go: FTSE 100 defined benefit schemes' positions grew again in Q3, with the post-pandemic recovery leaving their combined IAS19 surplus at £50bn. But LCP has warned that inflation, coupled with stricter rules under the new defined benefit funding code, could still do damage.

Isio snaps up Premier Pensions

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On the go: Isio has announced the acquisition of Premier Pensions, subject to approval by the Financial Conduct Authority.

No way to avoid the indexation ‘rules lottery’ as inflation bites

Podcasts

Podcast: Eversheds Sutherland partner Stuart Earle and Aon partner Lynda Whitney discuss inflation, the botched attempt to raise the normal minimum pension age, and a new value for money framework.