Latest articles from Sarah Cowburn

Trustees are struggling in funding negotiations

The Pensions Regulator will undertake an in-depth review of its 2014 defined benefit funding code next year, as trustees struggle to exert power against employers armed with the watchdog’s new strategic objective.

Ageing workforce requires greater flexibility from employers

NAPF 2015: Long-term care is the "elephant in the room", delegates heard today, with policy, education and flexibility to play critical roles in employers' ability to support extended working lives. 

'Pointless' legislation risks trapped surpluses if schemes fail to act

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Defined benefit scheme trustees must pass a resolution ahead of April 5 2016 if they wish to retain their current power to repay surpluses to their employer sponsors.

Fear of 'pensions implosion' raised as NAPF annual gathering kicks off

NAPF 2015: Delegates at the National Association of Pension Funds 2015 Annual Conference heard a tale of two halves from outgoing chair Ruston Smith in his opening address today. 

Actuaries up the ante on auto-enrolment contribution levels

News Analysis: The government should continue to phase up minimum auto-enrolment contributions beyond 2018 to hit an aggregate 16 per cent, actuaries have said, as part of a longer-term roadmap to build on the policy’s success.

Showstopper or sunken soufflé? The recipe for a successful trustee event

Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry

Any Other Business: The great and the good of the pensions industry will amass in Manchester this week for the National Association of Pension Funds’ annual conference, but what are the key event ingredients that trustees look for when choosing which events to attend?

The butterfly effect – How to take cover and control

Chinese equity shocks captured the headlines over the summer but UK pension funds should equip themselves for a deeper period of entrenched low-growth.

Diversified alts temper volatility for Barking & Dagenham

Barking & Dagenham channeled 8 per cent of total assets into a diversified alternatives strategy last year in a bid to quell volatility across its portfolio.

Court rules same-sex pension benefit ceiling to remain

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News Analysis: Schemes dodged a potential £3bn cost hike this week, as the legal position on the equalisation of pension benefits for same-sex partners withstood further challenge in the courts.

Existing ties still a powerful influence in fid man appointments

Competition for fiduciary management has been bolstered by a rise in open tenders but existing relationships continue to be a dominant driver behind schemes’ choices and questions remain over the value of the approach.