Latest articles from Sophia Imeson

Customers satisfied with Pension Wise, but take-up concerns remain

Nine in 10 customers who have had a Pension Wise appointment are satisfied with their experience of the service overall, a recent report has shown, but concerns remain over the take-up of the government-backed guidance service.

British Coal scheme taps into UK infrastructure

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The British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme has introduced a new allocation to UK infrastructure and increased its exposure to private debt, as part of its focus on assets that provide diversification, good return prospects and high cash yields.

Savers need simplification

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Editorial: Defined benefit pensions are incredibly complicated.

Shell launches online hub to meet member demand

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Royal Dutch Shell has introduced a new financial education hub for employees, as members of the company’s pension fund show appetite for online communications.

For emergencies only

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Editorial: It seems that the key to enabling people to save for a pension could lie in boosting their financial resilience.

Poor scheme data threatens to undermine GMP equalisation

More than 60 per cent of pension schemes are not expected to have sufficient data to carry out equalisation of guaranteed minimum pensions, recent research has shown.

Baptist scheme pulls DGF for global infrastructure

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Trustees of the defined benefit Baptist Pension Scheme have allocated to global infrastructure and dropped a struggling diversified growth fund manager.

How far away is the pensions dashboard from becoming a reality?

A complete and up-and-running pensions dashboard could be years away, according to experts, as implementation and credibility concerns come to the fore.

Imperial Brands’ proposal to disband member forum ‘disappointing’


Imperial Brands is looking to discontinue a consultative committee at its Imperial Tobacco Pension Fund, arguing that the benefits gained by holding the forum do not warrant the cost, workload and logistical efforts required to run the twice-yearly meeting.

A rabbit-free Budget

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Editorial: There were no rabbits pulled out of the hat in Philip Hammond’s Autumn Budget last week.