Latest articles from Sophia Imeson

More pensioners to be offered Pie at Metal Box

Metal Box Pension Scheme

The Metal Box Pension Scheme is planning to offer a pension increase exchange to more pensioner members this year, having offered one to some members in 2015.

Keep it simple when exploring new strategies

PLSA Investment Conference 2017: While smart beta has been labelled a cost-effective option for schemes looking for higher returns than a market cap index, trustees turning to these types of strategy have been advised to keep things simple while focusing on governance and costs.

AE review: Tension between engagement and inertia comes to the fore

PLSA Investment Conference 2017: With the Department for Work and Pensions’ review of auto-enrolment underway, advisory groups are seeking views on engagement, contributions and coverage, but questions remain over the necessity of engagement and the pensions reality in other countries.

PLSA ‘superfunds’ solution gets lukewarm reception


The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association is calling on the government to facilitate consolidation while creating a regulatory framework for the creation of superfunds, but the proposal has received a muted response.

BAE Systems' Airbus section ready for take-off

BAE Systems

British defence giant BAE Systems has created a new scheme section for Airbus employees, to increase transparency while giving direct responsibility to the companies involved.

Government to appeal ruling on discrimination

The government is set to appeal the employment tribunal’s recent verdict that more than 200 judges suffered discrimination as a result of pension changes. Meanwhile, the Fire Brigades Union is planning to challenge the result of a similar discrimination case, which it lost this year.

Buyouts more affordable but only for a handful of schemes

Buyouts have become more feasible as annuity pricing for non-pensioners has improved, but some experts say many schemes still have a long way to go before being able to afford a buyout or buy-in transaction.

MPs’ scheme votes for secured loans over REITs

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The Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund has simplified its property portfolio and invested proceeds in a European loans mandate, with a view to generating income.

Regulatory risk seen as main challenge for infra investors

Pension funds across the world face a wide range of issues when it comes to investing in infrastructure, but for some, political risk and lack of supply are the biggest barriers.

The jury is still out on robo-advice

Pensions & Life Trends & Data Conference 2017

The pensions industry must focus on technology and consumer engagement to keep up with changing demographics and work habits, but opinions are divided over whether robo-advice is the best solution.