Latest articles from Tom Higgins

‘Greenium’ widens following £6bn green gilt issuance

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On the go: The second issuance of the UK’s green gilt has raised a further £6bn, the Treasury has said, but analysis of the transaction suggests that the ‘greenium’ has widened in secondary markets.

SEI acquires Atlas Master Trust

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On the go: Wealth management company SEI has announced the acquisition of Capita’s defined contribution master trust Atlas, subject to regulatory approval.

DWP tells schemes to prioritise stewardship


Pension schemes may see the end of stewardship ‘box-ticking’ under new proposals brought forward by the Department for Work and Pensions.

LGPS must consider net-zero impact to avoid social downturn, MPs say


MPs have called on Local Government Pension Scheme funds to mitigate the economic and social risks that a shift to a net-zero economy may have on the communities most affected by the green transition, averting a repeat of the mistakes made during the downturn of industry in the 1980s.

Nest invests in UK solar farm

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On the go: Master trust Nest has acquired a solar farm in Reading through its partnership with Octopus Renewables, meaning that one in three of the UK’s workforce is invested in the site.

Action needed to bolster TCFD uptake despite growing support

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On the go: The rate of climate-related financial disclosures has increased more in the past year than in any previous year, the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures has reported, but warned that “significant work” remains.

Govt involvement may be needed to find small pots efficiency solution

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On the go: Ensuring that savers can financially benefit from the savings of small pots consolidation is a “big question for government”, the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association’s annual conference heard on Thursday.

Industry calls for more data clarity on pensions dashboards


The Pensions Dashboards Programme will launch new research into how data will be displayed, after concerns around the ability of schemes to supply estimated retirement income figures were raised by industry in a response to a call for input.

Smart: Trust is key to ensure TPR’s powers are applied fairly

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On the go: Member-nominated trustees have “nothing to fear” from the Pensions Regulator’s newly introduced criminal sanctions, chair Sarah Smart told the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association’s annual conference.

Climate awareness now ‘business as usual’ for schemes, Aon says

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On the go: Managing climate change is now “business as usual” for pension funds, while other factors surrounding political instability have diminished in importance, Tim Manuel, co-head of responsible investment at Aon, told the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association’s annual conference.