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Leics sees opportunity in bank loans investment

Leicestershire tops up opportunity pool

Leicestershire County Council Pension Fund has committed to a new capital release fund investment as part of its growing opportunity pool allocation, as banks look to free up capital.

Regulator’s BHS report focuses on areas of improvement

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The Pensions Regulator has highlighted the lessons it has learnt from the BHS case in a recently published regulatory intervention report, as experts stress the need for more proactive engagement. 

Triple lock to be retained in Tory-DUP deal

The Conservatives and the Democratic Unionist Party have struck a deal to maintain the triple lock, sparking concerns over what this means for pensions policy in the long term. 

FCA transfer proposals welcomed but timeline draws criticism

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The Financial Conduct Authority’s new proposals on pension transfers have been widely welcomed across the industry, but concerns around the 2018 implementation of the final rules remain.  

Pearson moves away from hedge funds into DGFs

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The pension plan of publishing giant Pearson Group has scrapped its hedge fund exposure and invested in diversified growth funds, in a bid to control investment risk and costs as the scheme nears self-sufficiency.

The Weekly Wrap: June 16 edition

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A round-up of the pensions news published across the FT Group in the past week, from a union's plea for no further rise in the state pension age, to BHS scheme members being presented with options on their pensions. 

Employers urged to actively manage covenant

Employers and schemes must take a more active approach to managing their pension liabilities to improve covenant strength, experts say.

Addressing career flexibility could help tackle gender pensions gap

The gender pay gap is a multi-faceted problem that needs a multi-pronged approach, experts say — from financial education to adapting the pensions system to assist flexible working. 

Imperial Tobacco fund sharpens returns focus

The Imperial Tobacco Pension Fund has cut its exposure to shares and corporate bonds in favour of alternative asset classes, with a view to increasing the scheme’s sources of return and reducing reliance on equities.

Increased use of RAAs is 'inevitable', experts say

The Pensions Regulator has agreed a regulated apportionment arrangement with Hoover, as experts say the number of RAAs, as well as the amount of due diligence involved, is likely to increase.