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PIPA 2020: Top managers feature in Guide to Good Pensions

Investment managers pushing the envelope on performance, service and innovation are being celebrated this month in the second part of the Pension and Investment Provider Awards 2020.

Best scheme services providers revealed

Market leaders in performance, innovation and service have been unveiled as the scheme services categories of the Pension and Investment Provider Awards are announced.

Global Pensions Wrap: August 24 edition

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A round-up of the top global pensions stories from the FT group this week, from schemes ramping up pressure for gender disclosures, to a California pension moving to join the Facebook governance lawsuit.

What falling sterling means for pension funds

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Podcast: It has been a rocky few months for sterling, with the currency falling more than 7 per cent since May. In this podcast, Shoqat Bunglawala, head of Goldman Sachs Asset Management’s global portfolio solutions business, and Simeon Willis, chief investment officer at XPS Pensions, discuss the main reasons behind the decline, and what it means for pension funds.

Tackling the 'long tail' of underperforming smaller schemes

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Podcast: The Pensions Regulator’s latest defined contribution survey revealed that only 4 per cent of micro schemes and 1 per cent of small schemes are meeting all of the watchdog’s governance standards. David Fairs, TPR's executive director for regulatory policy, analysis and advice, has previously described the "long tail" of underperforming smaller schemes as "unacceptable". In this podcast, Mr Fairs talks to Pensions Expert about what the survey's findings mean, and how the DC landscape might change. 

Huge gulf in UK workplace pension provision by sector

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On the go: Pension provision and employer contributions vary wildly across UK employment sectors, with the financial services at the top and agriculture, forestry and fishing propping up the bottom of the tables.

FTSE 350 deficit up to £51bn as political and financial turmoil ahead

On the go: FTSE 350 companies saw their pension deficit grow in July, from £48bn at the end of June to £51bn by the end of July, a £3bn increase. Funding levels were unchanged over the month at 94 per cent, according to Mercer.

The future of trusteeship

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Podcast: Is there a big difference in governance standards between boards with a professional trustee and boards without? Should lay trustees have to demonstrate how they have acquired a minimum level of knowledge and understanding? And what can be done to increase diversity on boards? In this episode, Laura Andrikopoulos, head of governance consulting at Hymans Robertson, discusses some of the Pensions Regulator's 'Future of trusteeship and governance' consultation proposals, and what impact they might have on the industry.

What the firefighters' and judges' case means for pensions policy

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Podcast: The government was recently denied leave to appeal a Court of Appeal ruling that pension changes discriminated against younger firefighters and judges. What does this mean for government policy regarding public sector pensions? And how could the issue spill over into private sector pensions? In this episode, Rosalind Connor, partner at Arc Pensions Law, discusses the far-reaching implications of this landmark case.

Global Pensions Wrap: June 29 edition

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A round up of the big global pensions and investment stories covered around the FT this week – from Aussie superfunds flouting fee disclosure rules, to rising fears over the health of US public pension plans.