PLSA warns of scammers targeting Carillion pension scheme members
A failure to acknowledge long-term challenges means populism will not go away
Talks aimed at rescuing ailing UK construction group failed over the weekend
Plus: BHS owner charged over failure to supply information; UK state pension funding ‘to run out by 2035’
Pensions minister hints at DB reform delay as MPs discuss pension threat to plumbers
Alternative to collective DC would prove a better short-term solution, argues David Blake
Public sector asset management partnership targeting more clients; seeking consultant to help outsource middle office functions
CIO Julian Pendock is second high-level executive to depart since November
Funding improvements could release £400m for company investments, Mercer argues
UK fiduciary manager Gatemore rails against the trend towards bigger asset pools
Barnett Waddingham warns of “pronounced” pensions impact for companies with UK subsidiaries
Plus: MPs’ committee extends CDC inquiry deadline; PTL launches transaction cost tool
Welsh public sector funds select operator for consolidation project
Labour politician steps down from role
Agreement means company will not fall into administration
18-year olds to be included, every penny earned to be pensionable
FRC comes under fire as fresh evidence details lobbying bid over public accountability
Also: LGPS launches investment consultancy procurement framework; New standards for independent trustees
A large proportion of institutional investors’ costs remains opaque. Will a new UK initiative change this?
Trustees need to think about market volatility and employer covenants in light of Brexit
Are regulated apportionment arrangements the answer for insolvent employers?
Crypto-currencies divide opinions sharply. Some rave about them while others are scathing
Despite the amount of academic research, the theoretical concepts underpinning portfolio management remain the same
Asset managers have all issued their outlooks for the forthcoming arbitrary 12-month period
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The EU’s securitisation package has finally passed through the European Parliament and Council. However, the new rules will not be applied until January 2019
The EU’s controversial mandate for a radical shake up of financial supervision has received a cool reception from the pensions sector as well as smaller EU members
International investors in the EU have for decades been suffering from woeful dispute settlement proceedings when involved in cases against public authorities
Discussions over the payment of social costs for workers from central and eastern European countries posted temporarily to wealthier EU countries are playing a major role in the attempt to update existing directives
At first sight, the benefits of the European Commission’s Pan European Personal Pension (PEPP) regulation proposal seem clear. But it did not take long for commentators to point out the considerable hurdles
The European Commission’s “further steps to drive forward the Capital Markets Union (CMU)” outline nine new priority legislative actions to solve the EU’s long-term cross-border investment challenge
Strong words on Brexit are flying in political circles. But behind the theatre, concerns about the future of London’s fund management sector are emerging
In contrast to complaints that Brussels’s legislation burdens the financial sector, the European Commission may be gratified by the positive response to its flagship Capital Markets Union (CMU) programme.
Nothing could be clearer. For the financial sector, at least, there is nothing to fear from Brexit. All the UK has to do is to apply to the EU’s rules – the crucial term ‘equivalence’
The European Commission’s project to set up a pension scheme for research and development professionals whose careers take them across EU borders has finally reached its first stages of operation.
The prolongation for 18 months of pension funds’ exemption from posting collateral when trading over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives is leading PensionsEurope to seek clarification.
There is increasing attention in Brussels on company reporting, taxation and offshore financial centres. The G20 and some OECD countries have demanded country-by-country reporting rules for multinational companies with a turnover over €750m
Legislation proposing pan-EU personal pension products (PEPPs) could be tabled in 2017, according to the European Commission
A former director of the European Association of Paritarian Institutions (AEIP) has proposed a new option for occupational pensions that could help the large number of workers whose careers take them across EU internal borders.
Valdis Dombrovskis has assumed responsibility as commissioner in charge of the flagship Capital Markets Union project. But he has also assumed the added complication of the withdrawal of the UK
It will not be the first time that proposed revisions to EU rules affecting finance and pensions get stuck in a logjam between interests groups
Pressure to clean up the financial sector has led to copious legislation from Brussels.
There are plenty of indicators of rising pressure to advance ethical standards across the financial sector. One outcome takes the form of mountains of clean-up legislation, including from Brussels.
Inadequacy of European national court systems in the financial sphere is due for overhaul. Upgrade is necessary if the EU’s capital markets union programme (CMU) is going to get anywhere, according to a high-status paper
Legislative moves to support the EU’s European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) are being rushed through Brussels. But, so far, evidence of any torrent of fund movement by the institutional investment sector across EU frontiers has yet to emerge.