Latest articles from Sarah Cowburn

Home bias to UK equities has cost schemes, say experts

FTSE 350 schemes paid the price for a strong domestic bias during 2014, but it was a lack of protection in matching assets that damaged funding levels the most during the year.


Employers await further guidance on scheme VAT rules

Employers will be hoping to benefit from VAT rebates on scheme services following HM Revenue and Customs’ latest guidance note, but pension lawyers have said further detail is needed on how to recover the tax.

Charles Stanley seeks DB risk control via working group

Stockbroker and wealth manager Charles Stanley has created a working party to tackle risk within its pension scheme after reporting a £6.2m deficit increase.

FTSE 100 deficits feel pain of corporate yield slump

Schemes must reassess the case for increasing hedging activity, experts have said, as a £5bn increase in FTSE 100 deficits underlines the need for enhanced protections.

How to drive scheme productivity

Any Other Business: Chancellor George Osborne painted an unimpressive picture of the nation’s productivity in the annual Mansion House address. But how can trustees, who have relatively few meetings and mounting time pressures, drive productivity in their governance processes?

Watchdog's new self-cert requirements will test DC governance

Defined contribution schemes will have to declare compliance with the charge cap, as the Pensions Regulator updates its scheme return form to reflect April's legislative changes.

Industry poised for pensions surprises in emergency Budget

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Analysis: Industry experts anticipate further changes to pensions in the emergency Budget and have expressed concerns over the longer-term impact on the UK’s retirement savings culture.  

NAPF turns focus to value of workforce in company reporting

The National Association of Pension Funds has called for improved reporting on human capital in order to enhance investors' insight into companies' long-term growth, strategy and performance.

The Weekly Wrap: June 12 edition

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A round-up of the week's pension stories across the FT Group, from a Canadian pension fund snapping up a portion of General Electric’s private equity lending arm, to an apology from Friends Life after a U-turn on flexible access to pensions.

More clarity needed on schemes' post-reform offerings

Leadership of DC summit: Panellists demanded a quick response from trustees and providers on defined contribution scheme design, following the introduction of the pension freedoms.