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Weekly Roundup: Small pots saved from erosion

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Welcome to Pensions Expert’s roundup of a week that saw the Department for Work and Pensions benefit transitory smokers by banning small pot flat fees.

New DB funding code could be delayed until 2022

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The Pensions Regulator has issued an interim response that experts say could presage meaningful changes to the final version of the defined benefit funding code, which is likely to be delayed until 2022.

DWP to ban flat fees for small pots


The Department for Work and Pensions is to ban the charging of flat fees on pension pots under £100 in an attempt to stop their erosion by charges and administration costs.

Trustees should monitor sponsor longevity when assessing covenant

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On the go: Sponsor longevity is a vital part of covenant assessment, requiring professional judgement and a range of strategic tools, according to a new report by the Employer Covenant Practitioners’ Association.

Barclays integrates ESG into £1.3bn sustainable growth fund

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On the go: The Barclays Bank UK Retirement Fund has announced the integration of environmental, social and governance factors, as well as climate risk, into its diversified Multi-asset Growth Fund.

Nest to boost private market holdings by 6%

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On the go: Nest is to expand its private market holdings from 9 per cent to 15 per cent by March next year, with its investments in illiquids and infrastructure assets expected to exceed a fifth of its £13bn portfolio.

Calls for actuaries to offer strategic advice as schemes target endgame

An industry group is proposing a radical change in the actuarial role, suggesting these professionals should step away from a technical specialist position to offer strategic advice, while moving away from triennial valuations.

Weekly Roundup: Have you any wool?


Welcome to Pensions Expert’s roundup of a week that saw yet another company disappear, leaving a supermassive black hole in its pension scheme.

Economic uncertainty, DC consolidation, ESG to mark 2021

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Podcast: Marc Hommel, senior pensions adviser at EY-Parthenon, and Sue Pemberton, head of technology and defined contribution consulting at Premier Pensions, give their predictions for the pensions industry in 2021.

Industry needs to do more to combat scams, TPR says

While the Pensions Regulator has pointed the finger at industry saying all parties must do more to tackle the problem of pension scams, members of the Work and Pensions Committee have questioned whether the regulator has itself done enough to help.