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Cranking up the gears on DC contributions

Any other business: Jeremy Clarkson and Co’s acrimonious departure from the BBC has left a gaping hole in Top Gear’s line-up, with the loss of the iconic trio leaving the much-celebrated show running on fumes.

Saga shows dedication to DB with 10-year recovery plan

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Amid the wider trend of scheme closures, over-50s specialist Saga has vowed to keep its defined benefit plan open to members, revealing details of a 10-year deficit recovery plan.

Warwickshire targets yield with infra double play

Alternatives maintained its status as a sought-after asset class in Q1 2015, according to data, as schemes continued to seek reliable income streams and inflation protection.

The Weekly Wrap: May 1 edition

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A round-up of this week's pension stories from across the FT Group, from a new measure of fiduciary management performance to a stellar first quarter for Norway's Government Pension Fund.  

Shifting sands for tax rules bring threat of mid to high-earner exodus

Analysis: The double hit of a reduced lifetime allowance alongside proposed changes to tax relief could accelerate the move of higher earners, and some middle earners, towards alternative savings vehicles, experts predict.

Tesco succumbs to DB burden, schemes urged to monitor covenants

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Loss-making supermarket giant Tesco took a further step towards ending its defined benefit provision this week, as it began formal discussions to close to new members and future accrual. 

The Weekly Wrap: April 24 edition

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A round-up of this week's pension stories from across the FT Group, from Swiss pension schemes en route to bankruptcy, to a cash raid on local councils by the Greek government. 

NAPF call for pension commission wins support, practical barriers remain

Industry experts have backed the National Association of Pension Funds’ call for a long-term plan to protect savers’ interests, but question the viability of extricating pensions from politics.

Are you an informed investor?

Any other business: Following a romp to all-time highs the FTSE 100 stuttered last week, with slips by multinationals and financials. More than ever, trustees must be engaged investors to ensure scheme decisions deliver good outcomes.

Manx Telecom calls time on DB, offers suite of DC options

Manx Telecom softens DB closure with DC options

Communication company Manx Telecom eased the closure of its defined benefit scheme last year by providing members with a range of alternative defined contribution options, alongside a sharesave scheme.