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Governments should consider green investing incentives, says IMF


Policymakers should consider providing a financial incentive for sustainable funds as existing capital is “too limited in size and scope” to have a major impact on climate change, the International Monetary Fund has warned.

TfL, Avon Pension Fund and Phoenix Group commit to net zero

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ESG spotlight: A roundup of the latest news on environmental, social and governance initiatives, with the Transport for London Pension Fund committing to net-zero carbon emissions by 2045, Avon Pension Fund shifting £780m into a Paris-aligned benchmark, and Phoenix Group setting a carbon emission-reduction target of 50 per cent by 2030.

Small pots mass consolidation poised for 2025-26

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Mass-scale consolidation is set to be implemented in 2025-26, the Small Pots Cross-Industry Co-ordination Group has said, but industry experts have voiced concerns over the enormity of the task.

MPs urge government to make green pensions industry world-leading

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MPs have urged the government to seize upon the opportunities COP26 presents to the pensions industry and have called for more consensus on tackling climate change.

Governance burden does not translate into value, industry says

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On the go: Pensions professionals have said the burden of the increased level of scheme governance is not worth the value it brings, a survey from XPS Pensions Group has found.

Weekly Roundup: Long arm of the law gets a bigger gavel

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This week: TPR’s criminal powers policy unveiled, Bank of England backs guidance on illiquidity management, PPF levy set to fall, and Uber rolls out its pension scheme

TPR criminal powers policy spurs more industry concern


The Pensions Regulator has published its policy on how it intends to use upcoming criminal powers to prosecute those who fall foul of new legislation, following widespread industry concern into the scope and extent of the powers.

FCA to introduce ‘synthetic’ Libor to ease rate wind-down

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On the go: The Financial Conduct Authority has announced that some key Libor panels will publish ‘synthetic’ rates to safeguard an “orderly wind-down” of the benchmark interest rates.

PPF levy to fall by £105m in 2022-23

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On the go: The Pension Protection Fund has announced that it expects to collect £415m from its levy payers in 2022-23, a reduction of £105m from the previous year.

Poor engagement hampers asset managers’ ESG commitments

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On the go: Asset managers are not living up to their environmental, social and governance commitments, research from Redington has found, with shortcomings in stewardship and engagement prominent.