Latest articles from Tom Higgins

Machine learning can help investors tackle fast fashion ESG issues


The depths of fast fashion’s environmental, social and governance issues make evaluation of the problems difficult, but technological solutions are making it more accessible.

Britvic reduces deficit contributions on back of index change

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Soft drinks manufacturer Britvic has seen a reduction in its pension liabilities following a change to the inflation index used by the Britvic Pension Plan.

Who should be changing fast fashion?


Fast-fashion brands have been embroiled in scandals, but investor initiatives and trustee engagement are telling labels that being green is in this season.

PPI launches ‘game-changing’ pensions framework


The Pensions Policy Institute has launched the PPI UK Pensions Framework, an analytical instrument designed to support long-term analysis of how changes in the UK state and private pension systems are impacting the experiences that people have in later life.

WPC launches third stage of pension freedoms inquiry

News on the go

On the go: The Work and Pensions Committee has opened the final stage of its pension freedoms inquiry with a call for evidence on the challenges of saving for later life.

Nest Insight trials new self-employed savings pilots

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On the go: Master trust Nest’s research arm will be taking part in two pilots, which will test new forms of flexible saving for self-employed individuals.

Aston Martin faces strike action over DB scheme closure


Workers at carmaker Aston Martin have threatened industrial action following news that it plans to close its defined benefit pension scheme in January 2022.

Risk settlements to top £45bn for third consecutive year

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On the go: The UK pension risk settlement market is anticipated to see volumes of more than £45bn by the end of 2021, the third year in a row that it has reached this level, according to analysis by Aon.

Nest to break even in 2024 and eyes loan repayment by 2038

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On the go: Master trust Nest is expected to break even in 2024, two years ahead of previous forecasts, and anticipates it will repay the loan from the UK government by December 2038, according to its latest annual report.

Is social policy essential for schemes to promote change?


Integrating environmental, social and governance credentials into pensions has become increasingly common, yet deciding whether schemes should adopt a specific policy on social matters has become a point of contention.