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Schemes to issue pension transfer warning to savers

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On the go: Pension scheme trustees are to warn members about the risks of transferring out of their defined benefit scheme amid the Covid-19 crisis.

Border to Coast seeks China equity manager

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On the go: The Border to Coast Pensions Partnership is looking to appoint a specialist China equity manager, in a mandate worth between £200m and £300m.

Suspended deficit contributions could reach £1bn

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On the go: Up to £1bn in deficit contributions could be suspended this year as trustees approve payment holidays in a bid to help sponsors survive the Covid-19 crisis.

Trustees cautioned to be vigilant about relaxed rules

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Podcast: Trustees should not take advantage of easements introduced by the Pensions Regulator, which has relaxed its enforcement rules and reporting guidelines, warns John Reeve, director at Cosan Consulting. He and Kate Smith, head of pensions at Aegon, discuss the recent changes to the pensions industry brought by the Covid-19 pandemic, alongside other issues.

Bulk annuity deals to hit £25bn in 2020

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On the go: Defined benefit schemes are expected to complete buy-in and buyout deals in 2020 to the tune of £25bn, according to research from Lane Clark & Peacock.

PPF could postpone 2030 funding goal amid Covid-19 crisis

The Pension Protection Fund could postpone its goal of being fully self-sufficient by 2030 if needed to face the current Coronavirus pandemic, but will avoid “any kind of knee-jerk reaction”.

Master trust members close to retirement lose 8.7% in savings

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On the go: The pension savings of master trust members close to retirement are likely to have declined on average by 8.7 per cent during the first quarter of 2020, according to analysis from Isio.

Counsell: Industry must ‘step up and protect savers’

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On the go: Pension providers and trustees “must step up and protect savers using every possible means”, as the vulnerability of individuals to scams has increased due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Pensions Regulator chief executive has warned.

Inflation change to cost BT pension scheme up to £1.7bn

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On the go: The government's plans to change the way the retail price index is calculated will mean BT Pension Scheme costs will increase up to £1.7bn.

Bulk annuity deals now cover 15% of UK defined benefit liabilities

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On the go: Pension scheme buy-ins, buyouts and longevity swaps have insured £250bn of longevity risk since the market took off in 2007, which corresponds to 15 per cent of UK defined benefit liabilities, according to analysis from Hymans Robertson.