Latest articles from Sophie Wilcock

London Pensions Fund Authority launches transparency dashboard

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On the go: The £6.9bn London Pensions Fund Authority has launched a transparency dashboard in partnership with fintech company Tumelo that displays a breakdown of its equity investments.

Mencap completes £61mn bulk annuity deal with Canada Life

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On the go: The circa £152.1mn defined benefit section of the Mencap Pension Plan has signed a £61mn bulk annuity transaction with Canada Life. 

LGPS funds finish 2021 with an increased ESG equity focus

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Data crunch: Making a broad equity allocation without incorporating environmental, social and governance criteria is now almost anathema to local authority pension schemes, at least according to the data collected by MandateWire over the fourth quarter of 2021. 

LGPS funds eye alternative credit opportunities in Q3

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Data crunch: Local Government Pension Scheme funds targeted new strategic asset allocations in the third quarter, with many schemes increasing investments in illiquid and alternative assets while reducing equity allocations.

Supermarket pension schemes commit to net zero

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On the go: The Tesco Plc Pension Scheme and the Tesco Retirement Savings Plan, which together have assets of more than £24bn, have pledged to reach net zero by no later than 2050.

DB schemes’ derisking activity picks up in Q2

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Data crunch: The second quarter of 2021 saw an increase in the number of bulk annuity deals signed by UK pension schemes, with many opting for contracts that can be extended in the future.

Haringey Council scheme commits to London Fund

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On the go: The circa £1.6bn London Borough of Haringey Council Pension Fund has invested £45m in The London Fund, the property and infrastructure fund established by the London CIV and Local Pensions Partnership.

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.