Latest articles from Benjamin Mercer

Arcadia trustees in talks with The Pension SuperFund

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On the go: Trustees of the embattled Arcadia pension funds are in talks with The Pension SuperFund, which could result in the schemes being absorbed by the consolidator.

Coronavirus pandemic causes one in eight to delay retirement

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On the go: The government’s anti-Covid lockdown strategy has forced one in eight people over the age of 55 to delay their retirement, according to new research from YouGov.

L&G to halve emissions of annuity book by 2030

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On the go: Legal & General has announced it is to cut the carbon emissions intensity of its £80.7bn annuity book by 18.5 per cent by 2025 and 50 per cent by 2030 as part of its drive to become net-zero by 2050.

Arcadia, Debenhams the first high street dominoes to fall

High street retailer Debenhams became the latest domino to fall following the collapse of Philip Green’s Arcadia Group on Monday, with the pension schemes of both now entering the Pension Protection Fund assessment period.

Majority of schemes struggle to obtain climate risk data

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On the go: Nearly three-quarters of pension professionals said they lack vital information necessary for them to report on climate risk in their pension schemes, according to a survey from the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association.

Simplifying language can increase pensions engagement

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On the go: Almost half of savers do not know they can choose how much money they pay into their pensions, while a third misunderstand the purpose of auto-enrolment minimum caps, a new report has revealed.

Green pressured to save Arcadia pension schemes


On the go: Philip Green is being pressured to “make good” on promises to 10,000 members of the Arcadia pension scheme as his retail empire is on the brink of filing for administration, which would leave the scheme in the Pension Protection Fund.

Phoenix launches new ESG default solution

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On the go: The UK’s largest long-term savings and retirement business has announced the launch of a new defined contribution default solution incorporating environmental, social and governance standards.

Global Pensions Wrap: December edition

Dec2020 wrap (teaser)

Our monthly roundup of the best international pensions stories published by the FT’s outlets features President Trump banning investments in China, allegations of insider trading levelled against Australian superannuation funds, and an existential crisis for Chile’s pensions system.

Pension scheme strategies not fit for ‘purpose’

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On the go: The number of trustees having to alter their scheme’s long-term plans in the past year suggests pension scheme strategies are “not fit for purpose”, according to new research.