Latest articles from Sophia Imeson

FTSE 100 schemes in surplus, but experts warn that risks remain

FTSE 100 pension schemes have reflected a year-end accounting surplus for the first time since the financial crash, according to consultancy LCP, but experts say trustees and sponsors should continue to be prudent in case of potential future market downturns.

Pension funds are making good progress with ESG, says Brunel CEO

Pension funds are making good progress when it comes to responsible investment, according to the £29bn Brunel Pension Partnership’s chief executive Dawn Turner.

Government consults on reforms to NDA schemes

The government has launched a consultation on its approach to reforming two schemes within the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s group, after proposals for a bespoke career average revalued earnings scheme were accepted by unions in 2017.

Regulator rebuked for 'feeble' response to Carillion underfunding


Carillion’s corporate culture was at the heart of the contractor’s collapse, MPs have concluded, but the Pensions Regulator has also come under fire for “failing in all its objectives” regarding the company’s pension funds.

EasyJet pilots engagement strategy for DC members

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Airline EasyJet has adapted its pension communication approach to cater to the working patterns of pilot and cabin crew employees, by making information clear and easily accessible for members on the move.

Up in the air

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Editorial: Many people spend their working days in what could be described as a traditional workplace environment – they are fairly stationary; with regular hours, a desk, and the opportunity to participate in banal water cooler small talk.

TPR plan welcomed, but concerns remain over consistency

The industry has welcomed the Pensions Regulator's new corporate plan, which outlines how it plans to become “clearer, quicker and tougher”, but concerns remain over consistency and the watchdog's focus on smaller schemes.

IHG ups contributions ahead of 2019 deadline

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Intercontinental Hotels Group has increased its default pension contributions to 2019 minimum levels a year early, after a multi-pronged member communications exercise last year sought to persuade employees to increase saving levels voluntarily.

Third of retirees in drawdown have no investment experience

Thirty-two per cent of people in drawdown do not have any investment experience, yet two in five of them have not received advice or guidance, according to a recent report that urges the introduction of drawdown MOTs.

Coats proposes merger of its UK DB schemes

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Industrial thread manufacturer Coats has proposed a merger of its three UK defined benefit pension schemes to cut costs and increase efficiency.