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The Weekly Wrap: January 26 edition

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A round-up of the pensions industry stories published across the FT Group – from market turmoil hitting the University of California's portfolio, to infrastructure investors putting a ‘blanket ban’ on UK assets.

ESG: Trustee investment duties explained

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Podcast: New regulations coming into force this year mean pension schemes will be required to publish more-detailed statements of investment principles. These will address financially material environmental, social and governance risks, such as climate change. In this episode, Stuart O'Brien, a partner at law firm Sackers, discusses recent ESG-related developments, the danger of conflating ethical matters with ESG considerations, and explains how schemes can respond to member and pressure group queries.

BSPS review calls for more guidance for schemes on restructuring

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On the go: An independent review of the communications and support provided to steel workers as part of the British Steel Pension Scheme ‘Time to Choose’ exercise has called for better guidance for trustees to help them plan and manage a restructuring.

Smart absorbs Lighthouse master trust as consolidation intensifies

On the go: Financial advice business Lighthouse Group has decided not to pursue authorisation for its master trust, handing over employers and members to competitor Smart Pension.

24 companies wound up since 2015 due to pensions misuse

On the go: Since 2015, the Insolvency Service has applied to the courts to wind up 24 companies involved in pensions misuse, according to the government agency.

The Weekly Wrap: January 19 edition

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A round-up of the pensions industry stories published across the FT Group – from a California fund seeking #MeToo disclosures, to the Korean National Pension Service’s plans to cut domestic exposure.

Rookes and Hirons-Wood join Pension SuperFund trustee board

On the go: Defined benefit consolidator the Pension SuperFund has announced the addition of two further trustees to its board.

APS trustees given go ahead to use scheme assets to fund appeal

On the go: Trustees of the Airways Pension Scheme have been given permission to use scheme assets to fund an appeal to the Supreme Court over APS discretionary increase litigation.

Health secretary in talks with chancellor over pensions tax relief

On the go: Matt Hancock, the secretary of state for health and social care, is in discussions with the chancellor over the issue of pensions tax relief and the impact it has on GP retention.

The Weekly Wrap: January 12 edition

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A round-up of the pensions industry stories published across the FT Group – from a pension lawsuit over student loan misdeeds, to Aussie supers and regulators slammed for failing members.