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Is groupthink at play on your trustee board?

A desire for conformity could stifle debate in trustee meetings, new research has suggested, but industry experts say lay trustees are encouraged to challenge the status quo.

PiP seedling poised to flower following FCA authorisation

The Pensions Infrastructure Platform has been authorised as an investment manager by the Financial Conduct Authority and is tipped by industry experts to be a top contender in fulfilling the role of “national infrastructure platform” for local authority schemes.


Regulator’s approach withstands first AE judicial review

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A High Court ruling has approved the Pension Regulator’s approach to itinerant employees working overseas, providing the industry with clarification on a “grey area” of auto-enrolment legislation.

Bank error slows Shell pension payments to members

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A Bacs processing error at Royal Bank of Scotland last week caused delays in pension payments to 30,000 members of oil giant Shell’s UK defined benefit schemes.

Entering the matrix: Taking pension tech to the next level

Robot race

Any other business: Apple’s string of acquisitions over recent months are pushing the boundaries of artificial intelligence in the drive to get closer to consumers – but where does the pensions industry rank in the digital journey?

NI police pension payment glitch puts spotlight on admin

Northern Ireland police

A technical error at the Police Service of Northern Ireland pension scheme has caused a delay in the payment of pensions to 12,000 former police officers and dependants. 

Asset derisking could leave a funding gap

A decade of UK pension asset allocation

UK defined benefit pension schemes have removed nearly half of their funding level risk over the past decade, but new research has questioned whether asset derisking has gone too far.

Regulator warns small employers with new year AE reminder

The Pensions Regulator has written to small and micro employers across the country reminding them of new workplace pension requirements, but experts say it will need to take a harder line to drive up compliance.

Testing market conditions greet 2016

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Market volatility is here to stay, experts have said, urging defined benefit trustees to assess their risk management frameworks and eliminate unintended exposures as the year kicks off.

Market trends shaping liability management in 2016

Defined benefit pension schemes across the UK struggled with soaring liabilities in 2015, but industry experts have warned against a 2016 ‘bet on interest rates’ in what could be a bumper year for tackling risk.