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PLSA launches new RI standards at first ever ESG conference

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The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association is consulting on a new set of standards designed to help pension savers identify whether their schemes are meeting the highest standards for incorporating environmental, social and governance factors.

Dover Harbour scheme appoints fiduciary manager

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On the go: The £221m Dover Harbour Board Pension and Life Assurance Scheme has appointed River & Mercantile to handle its assets via a fiduciary management mandate following a search conducted in September last year.

AIB signs £61m buy-in with L&G after pioneering derisking solution

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On the go: The £1.1bn AIB Group UK Pension Scheme has agreed a £61m deal with Legal & General Assurance Society that will see a tranche of an existing assured payment policy converted into a buy-in policy.

DB derisking activity slows down


Data crunch: Few defined benefit schemes signed bulk annuity deals in the first quarter of the year, with many building on existing arrangements.

Index funds present challenge for East Sussex scheme’s ESG aspirations

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On the go: The East Sussex Pension Fund was one of the first Local Government Pension Schemes in the country to carbon footprint its portfolio, and also one of the first to explore and adopt a climate-aware index.

Brunel pool lowers carbon intensity

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On the go: The Brunel Pension Partnership, composed of 10 Local Government Pension Schemes with around £30bn in assets under management, has reduced the carbon intensity of all its active portfolios and all but one of its index-tracking portfolios by at least 7 per cent compared with its 2019 baseline.

Border to Coast commits to private credit

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On the go: The Border to Coast Pension Partnership, which handles the assets of 11 Local Government Pension Schemes worth a total of around £46bn, has made commitments of more than £575m to six private credit funds.

Association of British Insurers completes £26m buy-in

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On the go: The Association of British Insurers Pension & Assurance Scheme has completed a £26m buy-in with Aviva. 

Brunel Pension Partnership reduces costs by £34bn

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On the go: The Brunel Pension Partnership has published its annual report highlighting the cost saving incurred and the increased opportunities for stewardship, diversification and climate analysis for its members.

LGPS funds catch up on investments after Covid delays

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Data crunch: LGPS funds and respective pools saw an increase in investment activity in the last quarter of 2020, mainly due to effects from the pandemic.