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McClymont: UK still has far too many master trusts

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Podcast: The UK master trust market is still lacking the scale needed to provide the best outcomes for members, argues Gregg McClymont, director of policy at The People’s Pension. He and Pat Sharman, managing director at Caceis, discuss concerns from the Pensions Regulator regarding the investment strategies pursued by some of the UK’s authorised master trusts, among other topics.

ITV scheme trustees approve deficit repayment holiday

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On the go: The trustees of ITV’s defined benefit schemes have agreed to a deficit repayment contribution delay, amid action from the broadcaster to mitigate the impact of Covid-19.

Pensions Expert webinar: The future of trusteeship

As the pensions industry is turned on its head due to the Coronavirus crisis, how have working practices had to be adjusted, and how can pension professionals guarantee that members will have their retirement needs met?

Deloitte considers pension contribution cut

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On the go: Accountancy firm Deloitte is proposing to cut the employer pension contribution for its UK staff in an attempt to cut costs amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Global Pensions Wrap: May edition

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From a Norwegian oil fund chief admitting he ‘screwed up’ over a flight scandal, to Franklin Templeton’s decision to wind up six funds in India. Read our round-up of pensions and finance news from the FT’s global outlets.

Mercer calls for six-month DB contribution holiday

The government has been called on to take “urgent action” and implement a six-month contribution holiday for defined benefit pension schemes, in a bid to allow sponsors to keep their businesses afloat.

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.