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NAPF seeks certainty over non-default fund switching rules

The National Association of Pension Funds has written to the government to demand clarification on the movement of non-default members between funds, to ease trustee uncertainty around charge cap regulations.

Are your data handling processes compliant?

Any other business: Hillary Clinton found herself in hot water recently over use of a private email account during her tenure as US secretary of state. The breach of White House data protocols ignited criticism. 

Code raises scheme defences against pension scammers

A code of practice to help schemes battle pension scams has been welcomed by the industry, but experts remain divided over the legal burden faced by trustees processing transfer requests.

Tata Steel DB closure flags need for 'holistic' approach to risks


Tata Steel's plan to close its defined benefit scheme to future accrual faces industrial action, leading some experts to call on trustees to give greater consideration to the sponsor covenant.

The Weekly Wrap: March 20 edition

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A round-up of the pensions stories published across the FT Group this week, from African pension interest in private equity deals, to the Church of England's proposal to fuel a £100m recruitment drive using historic assets.

Lifetime allowance cut a blow for DC savers

Budget 2015: The reduction of the lifetime allowance to £1m will hit defined contribution savers hardest say experts, who anticipate a rise in members exiting pension saving.

BPI targets cost savings with CPI move for pension payments

British Polythene Industries has become the latest scheme to tackle growing liabilities by switching the pensions-in-payment calculation to the consumer price index from the retail price index. 

Dynamic allocation is the smart approach to sub-cap DC, say experts

NAPF Investment Conference 2015: Experts debating the challenges posed by the charge cap have backed the use of dynamic asset allocation and volatility triggers in low-cost defined contribution strategies.

The Weekly Wrap: March 13 edition

A round-up of the pensions industry stories published across the FT Group this week, from a predicted 30,000 job losses at the DWP, to consultants urging a departure from "toxic" Swiss bonds.

Committee compels next government to consolidate pension oversight

The Work and Pensions Committee has this week called for a dramatic overhaul of the industry’s current regulatory frameworks.