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Salisbury Cathedral

Church of England warns on volatility after 1.8% return for 2018

Tue, 21 May 2019By

Allocations to private equity and strategic land post gains in excess of 20% as listed equity portfolio hammered by market volatility

uk parliament

Managers urged to comply with new cost disclosure templates

Tue, 21 May 2019By

Minister warns government could legislate to enforce new transparency codes if managers fail to adopt the templates voluntarily

Simon Pilcher USS

Largest UK pension scheme names new investment chief

Mon, 20 May 2019By IPE Staff

Former CEO of fixed income at M&G Prudential to join USS in October

Pound notes

Chart of the Week: At the precipice of cost transparency

Fri, 17 May 2019By

Cost disclosure templates for UK institutional investors could emerge as soon as next week, conference delegates heard on Tuesday

London Stock Exchange Group

Nordic insurer hunts UK equity exposure via IPE Quest

Fri, 17 May 2019By IPE Staff

The insurance company has intiated a search for a UK equity fund to be added to its ‘guided’ fund range

The Houses of Parliament, London

UK regulator to expand scope and powers [updated]

Fri, 17 May 2019By Ellie Duncan

The Pensions Regulator says it will take a greater interest in more pension schemes as part of its latest corporate strategy 

Roger Phillips, chair, LGPS Scheme Advisory Board

LGPS investment costs hit £1bn as cost code sheds light on fees

Thu, 16 May 2019By

Public sector pension funds in England and Wales reported higher investment costs after a new code of transparency started to take effect

John Lewis

UK high street chain shuts £5.6bn DB scheme

Thu, 16 May 2019By

John Lewis Partnership will switch its staff to an “improved” defined contribution fund after a year of negotiations with staff

London phonebox

Master trust authorisation process attracts 38 applications

Wed, 15 May 2019By Ellie Duncan

The UK’s new regulatory regime for multi-employer defined contribution schemes has approved six providers so far


BT slashes cost of legacy pension equalisation

Wed, 15 May 2019By

UK company annual reports are starting to reflect less pessimistic estimates of the cost of October’s court ruling

Extinction Rebellion protesters outside the PLSA's Local Authority Conference in Swindon

Climate change protesters disrupt pensions conference

Tue, 14 May 2019By

Extinction Rebellion representatives press government minister to scale back LGPS’ investments in fossil fuels


Fresh proposals for USS funding fail to satisfy university staff

Mon, 13 May 2019By Jenny Turton

The higher education staff union says a proposed new contribution schedule for the £64bn scheme is not sufficient to break the negotiating deadlock

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Life expectancy will continue to fall in 2019: KPMG

Mon, 13 May 2019By

Longevity swap contracts could be ‘out of the money’ given major shifts in data on life expectancy, warns accountancy group

French flags

Mandate roundup: Ircantec awards five mandates worth €2.8bn [updated]

Mon, 13 May 2019By

Plus: German church fund awards currency overlay mandate to Metzler; Italian education workers’ scheme shakes up manager line-up; Hampshire hires JP Morgan

A Stagecoach train

Stagecoach sues UK government over pension-related rail franchise ban

Fri, 10 May 2019By

The transport company is taking legal action after it was banned from three franchises for refusing to take on funding risk related to Railpen

Scrutinising fees

Cost transparency firm hails quartet of ‘exceptional’ asset managers [updated]

Thu, 9 May 2019By

Chris Sier’s ClearGlass highlights four stand-out performers from 105 manager interactions – although another five have failed to provide data

Clifton Suspension Bridge Bristol

UK public pension pool allocates $60m to private equity impact fund

Tue, 7 May 2019By

Allocation made on behalf of four of Brunel Pension Partnership’s local government pension scheme clients as impact investing appetite grows

Electric vehicle (EV)

Investors urge UK to act on 2050 zero emissions target advice

Tue, 7 May 2019By

The UK’s business and energy secretary has pledged that the government ‘will do more’ amid grpwing investor pressure for action

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UK charities facing ‘double whammy’ as pension deficits climb

Fri, 3 May 2019By

Hymans Robertson has urged charity DB fund trustees to assess options for securing covenants or consolidating

London skyline

Susan Martin exits Local Pensions Partnership

Wed, 1 May 2019By

CEO has resigned after three years in charge of the local government pooling vehicle

All Latest UK News

Deficits: All set for a bumpy ride

March 2019 (Magazine)By Stephanie Hawthorne

Choppy markets, economic uncertainity and Brexit are among the issues faced by UK sponsors and trustees

Funding: Where do pension funds end?

March 2019 (Magazine)By Danny Vassiliades

Identifying the funding horizon means balancing objectives and expectations, particularly given likely prescriptive new funding rules

CDC: Proposals gain approval

March 2019 (Magazine)By

The UK government has proposed collective defined contribution schemes. The model is gaining traction after an initially lukewarm response

susan martin

LGPS pooling: Funds under pressure to comply

March 2019 (Magazine)By

About 30% of assets have been absorbed by the new LGPS pools

john wooton

Fiduciary managers: A healthier market?

March 2019 (Magazine)By Gill Wadsworth

Standardisation of data provision could prove essential to driving greater competition in UK fiduciary management 

All Pensions in UK

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Sustainability accounting standards investor group expands

Wed, 22 May 2019By

NBIM, Brunel Pension Partnership and Canadian pension funds among 15 new members of advisory group

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Life expectancy will continue to fall in 2019: KPMG

Mon, 13 May 2019By

Longevity swap contracts could be ‘out of the money’ given major shifts in data on life expectancy, warns accountancy group

liam kennedy

Connecting climate dots

May 2019 (Magazine)By

The transition to a low-carbon economy should lead to significant economic opportunity

daniel ben ami

Cultivating judgement

May 2019 (Magazine)By

One of the big challenges we face, both in the financial world and in everyday life, is how to overcome our biases

Swedbank has made several senior staff changes owing to the scandal

Pension funds act as Nordic drama engulfs Swedbank

May 2019 (Magazine)By

Sweden’s largest pension funds have been thrust into leading roles in a money-laundering scandal over the past few weeks, as Swedbank was raided by fraud investigators and forced to fire its CEO.

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