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DB funding levels improve amid favourable markets

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On the go: The accounting deficit for the defined benefit pension schemes of the UK’s 350 largest listed companies fell in June, new data from consultancy Mercer show.

LifeSight aims to be net-zero by 2050

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On the go: LifeSight, Willis Towers Watson’s defined contribution master trust, has announced it is committing to the goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across all of its default investment strategies by 2050, while targeting at least a 50 per cent reduction by 2030. 

LCP calls for simplified pensions tax relief limit

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On the go: LCP partner and pensions tax specialist Karen Goldschmidt has called for a simplification of the pensions tax relief limits as data released by the government show the number of people affected by annual and lifetime limits has increased.

Deloitte’s new fund eyes sustainable options, BlackRock adds ESG exclusions

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ESG spotlight: A roundup of the latest news on environmental, social and governance initiatives, with Deloitte introducing a new default pension fund that puts the focus on sustainability, and BlackRock announcing ESG exclusions across five strategies within its Authorised Contractual Scheme fund range. 

Hymans warns over statement timescales as DWP consultation closes

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On the go: As the Department for Work and Pensions closes its consultation on simpler annual benefit statements on Tuesday, investment consultancy Hymans Robertson has called for more time to implement the changes.

Four in 10 fail to check state pension forecast before retirement

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On the go: Almost four in 10 people failed to check their state pension forecast before retirement, according to new research from retirement specialist Just Group.

Private sector DB and hybrid schemes see rise in DRCs

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On the go: The value of gross assets, excluding derivatives of private sector defined benefit and hybrid schemes, fell by 1 per cent between the third and fourth quarters of 2020, according to the Office for National Statistics

TPR looks to increase diversity on trustee boards

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On the go: The Pensions Regulator is implementing a new diversity and inclusion strategy, which has been developed in discussion with the pensions industry, and is expecting schemes to follow suit.

ESG ramps up in importance for trustee boards

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On the go: Environmental, social and governance factors are a hot topic for trustees, with 53 per cent of trustee boards considering it an important agenda topic, new research has shown.

Schemes urged to hire independent trustees for better governance

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On the go: Pension schemes should appoint an independent professional trustee that can help navigate the increasing complexity and risk involved in day-to-day operations, Willis Towers Watson has advised.