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Diageo: CDC could help overcome lack of member knowledge

NAPF Investment Conference 2014: Collective defined contribution could be a way forward for schemes trying to "give members what they want" and avoid burdening them with decisions, said Diageo's director of pensions.

John Lewis favours risk controls to deliver member outcomes

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NAPF Investment Conference 2014: The John Lewis Partnership's DC scheme will not consider offering income guarantees to its members, unless a legislative framework is put in place to deliver them.

RPMI ups emerging market exposure to drive returns

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NAPF Investment Conference 2014: The Railways Pension Scheme aired plans to increase its exposure to emerging markets, including investment in alternatives, as it seeks further return drivers.

Education key as employers stretch to reach pension goals

News analysis: Companies need to better educate staff to encourage responsibility for pension saving, as research has highlighted a misalignment between employers’ goals and the outcomes of their defined contribution plans.

Isle of Wight bolsters governance ahead of LGPS reform

Isle of Wight Pension Fund has identified areas ripe for improvement in its governance, including more frequent funding monitoring, as local government schemes brace for next year's reforms to the sector.

NUJ to appeal ombudsman ruling over BBC pensionable pay cap

The National Union of Journalists will appeal the pensions ombudsman’s determination that the BBC's pensionable pay cap did not breach its obligations, as more employers look to such tools to derisk schemes.

Employers consider RPI/CPI switch as gap widens


Consultants have reported more employers trying to overcome the difficulties of switching from using RPI to CPI to reduce scheme liabilities as the gap between the two measures widens.

European investors hunt alternatives to diversify growth assets

Data analysis: Fixed income attracted the most money from European investors last year, but alternatives won on future allocations as schemes look to derisk and diversify portfolios.

Civil service schemes centralise admin to boost engagement

The civil service pension schemes are moving the administration of their active, deferred and pensioner members to a single system to reduce costs and increase member engagement.

Charities await guidance to reduce liability squeeze

Not-for-profit employers that belong to multi-employer schemes are waiting for further guidance on dealing with debt risk that could trigger insolvency.