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University trust liabilities could rise by a quarter

University self-administered trusts could face a sharp rise in the value of liabilities, industry experts have warned, sparking calls for a review of the sector’s risk exposure and possible consolidation.

SME auto-enrolment prep work exceeds industry expectations

A third of small employers staging in Q1 signed up six months or more ahead of their deadline, but experts have said this encouraging picture could change as micro-employers get set to auto-enrol this summer.

The Weekly Wrap: April 17 edition

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A round-up of this week's pension stories from across the FT Group, from Ocers dumping Pimco's Total Return bond fund, to the IMF rejecting a Greek plea for debt rescheduling. 

Educating your members on the risk of freedom

Analysis: In the 1998 film Armageddon, while battling G-force in a shuttle around the moon, hero AJ Frost asks: “Is this supposed to be like this?”

Labour pushes for long-termism among pension fund investors

Labour pushes for long-termism among pension fund investors

Election 2015: The Labour Party manifesto pledged to force pension fund investors to disclose how they vote on remuneration, as part of a wider move to “improve the link between executive pay and performance”.

SME strengthens financial education campaign with online tool

Speciality packaging manufacturer Innovia Films has said it plans to introduce an online retirement planning tool to run in tandem with face-to-face member education, in order to boost employee engagement.

Cashed-out pots could hit future means-tested benefit claims, lawyers warn

Lawyers have called on providers to ensure members are fully aware of how accessing their pension pots could affect future benefit claims, as schemes grapple with their ‘second line of defence’ obligations.

Just months left to tackle contracting-out costs, consultants say

Consultants have urged defined benefit scheme trustees and sponsors to take action as the one-year countdown to the end of contracting-out approaches.

How would your scheme fare against longer-term deflation?

Analysis: Whether a short-term blip or a longer-term trend, the latest fall in the consumer price index will make schemes sit up and ask themselves whether they could withstand the impact of a move into deflation.

John Laing tackles deficit with £100m alternative financing plan

Infrastructure heavyweight John Laing contributed £100m in cash and equity interests to its pension scheme, as part of a deficit recovery schedule that was revised before floating the company in February.