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Tate & Lyle sweetens deficit pill with secured funding move

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Sugar company Tate & Lyle reduced its defined benefit liability by £52m in 2014, helped by the creation of a secured funding account as a contingency to its core employer contributions.

Carbon-conscious schemes rally for strategic climate change response

Low-carbon pension funds have called on other asset owners to seek opportunities in real assets and emerging markets to mitigate the risks of climate change.

The Weekly Wrap: June 5 edition

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A round-up of the week's pension stories from across the FT Group, from South Korea's largest pension fund upping its overseas investments by 50 per cent, to plans from the Pensions Regulator to improve risk warnings for members of trust-based schemes. 

Keeping track of value in DC

VFM and GMO are the key drivers for defined contribution pensions in 2015. But what do these handy acronyms actually mean and how are they being measured?

Tata Steel pensions wrangle rolls on as ballot favours strike action

News analysis: Tata Steel workers turned out en masse to vote overwhelmingly in favour of strike action following a breakdown in negotiations on the planned closure of the British Steel Pension Scheme. 

Should pro trustees on scheme boards be mandatory?

Any Other Business: The requirements of the IORP II directive are set to be implemented across UK occupational pension schemes by the end of 2016, but what might the final version bring for trustee boards?

LGPS board seeks to iron out rule imbalances

News analysis: The Local Government Pension Scheme Advisory Board is seeking approval of several proposed changes to local authority scheme rules in order to align certain benefit entitlements with wider public sector norms.

The Weekly Wrap: May 29 edition

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A round-up of the week's pension stories from across the FT Group, from Puerto Rico’s attempts to save its economy from bankruptcy, to Chinese stocks taking a nosedive on the Shanghai index.

Industry seeks remedy for multi-employer s75 headache

Experts have questioned the viability of solutions proposed in response to a government consultation to ease Section 75 debt obligations, the cost of which can potentially trap employers in multi-employer schemes. 

Funding statement underscores integrated risk management ethos

The Pensions Regulator has endorsed an integrated approach to risk management in its first annual funding statement since the publication of the revised code of practice for defined benefit scheme funding.