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Corporate schemes up alts but stem fixed income flows

UK corporate schemes ploughed 20 percentage points more of their assets into alternatives in the past three months than the previous quarter, while cutting inflows into fixed income, investment data have shown.

Cambridgeshire fund tightens payment reporting ahead of regulatory changes

Cambridgeshire County Council Pension Fund has mandated its largest participating employer to detail member contributions, in order to more effectively monitor late payments to the scheme as new reporting requirements come into play.

South Yorks ups property, EMD and high-yield in search for returns

South Yorkshire Pension Fund has increased its allocation to property and placed greater emphasis on emerging market and high-yield debt as it searches for greater balance between risk and returns.

EE ditches gilts for absolute return as institutions hunt yield

The largest UK mobile group’s defined benefit pension scheme is removing a set allocation to index-linked gilts in favour of absolute return bonds and hedge funds, the latest institutional investor to reset its portfolio in a hunt for value.

HSBC plans cash lifestyle default for ex-DB members

HSBC Pension Scheme plans to default members of its defined benefit section into its cash lifestyle fund following the closure of the section in July next year, as it reviews its defined contribution scheme following March's Budget reforms.

Issuing a 'trustee P45' – is firing scheme reps ever justifiable?

Any other business: Going against the grain is not necessarily a bad thing in a trustee; in fact it can be a necessary part of acting in members’ best interests.

Warburtons kicks off three-pronged comms strategy

NAPF Annual Conference 2014: Warburtons, the UK’s largest bread baker, has this year launched the first of a three-part plan to boost engagement among a new swath of pension savers.

SABMiller to offer pension-plus savings options after 20% opt out

NAPF Annual Conference 2014: Drinks company SABMiller will launch additional savings vehicles after one in five workers opted out of its UK defined contribution scheme, with reductions in tax relief a principal factor.

Hillingdon targets equity dividends, looks to lock in gains

London Borough of Hillingdon Pension Fund has shifted its equity portfolio away from UK holdings and towards unconstrained strategies, but the move has so far failed to perform.