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Melbourne Mercer Global Pensions Index

Melbourne Mercer: Pension systems fail to make the A-grade

Mon, 23 Oct 2017By IPE Staff

Denmark once again is the world’s best but several systems have seen ratings drop in the past 12 months

St Paul's Cathedral, London

Church of England Pension Board chief executive dies

Fri, 20 Oct 2017By

Bernadette Kenny had led the board of the Church of England’s pension arrangements since 2011

Guy Opperman

UK government backs pension dashboard project

Fri, 20 Oct 2017By

Pensions minister Guy Opperman tells industry conference his department will take the lead

Department for Work and Pensions

‘Last chance’ to change UK DB sector, says DWP

Thu, 19 Oct 2017By

Government department’s private pensions chief promises to take time over forthcoming policy paper

London aerial shot

Asset management roundup: BMO restructures LDI pooled funds

Thu, 19 Oct 2017By

Also: BNY Mellon to roll out corporate bond trading initiative

Westminster, London

Social investing to be made easier for charities

Thu, 19 Oct 2017By

Law Commission recommends further flexibilities for charities in England and Wales

David Davis and Michel Barnier at a Brexit press conference in October 2017

CFA: Drop in EU nationals 'a huge loss' for UK investment sector

Wed, 18 Oct 2017By

Poll of UK-based investment management professionals reveals EU nationals’ fears of post-Brexit job security

uk election result compounds brexit uncertainty

Brexit threat to international accounting standards convergence

Wed, 18 Oct 2017By

Aviva, Legal & General and Prudential urge government to keep local rules in place after Brexit

London eye

UK roundup: Pearson insures £1.2bn of liabilities in 'umbrella' deal

Tue, 17 Oct 2017By

Also: One in five FTSE 100 schemes will struggle in a recession; LPP appoints Albourne as ‘devil’s advocate’

Sterling

Scrap triple lock for state pension, OECD tells UK

Tue, 17 Oct 2017By

OECD makes series of recommendations to boost UK productivity as it seeks an exit from the EU

St Paul's Cathedral, London

UK roundup: CMA seeks trustee input for consultants inquiry

Mon, 16 Oct 2017By

Plus: Russell’s £100m fiduciary mandate; NEST appoints new adviser; FCA launches manager authorisation hub

EU flag

UK public funds urged to opt-up ahead of MiFID II deadline

Fri, 13 Oct 2017By

FCA says new rules will not cause forced sales of assets after 3 January 2018 implementation

Australia map

Call for further consolidation in Australia's super funds sector [updated]

Fri, 13 Oct 2017By Florence Chong

Former treasurer calls for creation of national agency to run super funds’ assets

Glencore coal mine

Coal Pension Trustees hires Unilever CIO

Thu, 12 Oct 2017By

Mark Walker to take over from Stefan Dunatov

Reflection ESG tree

UK public sector funds back 'Pensions for Purpose' initiative

Wed, 11 Oct 2017By

Initiative backed by LGPS funds will serve as information- and ideas-sharing platform to boost understanding

City of London

UK government tells LGPS: 'Minimal exceptions' to pooling assets

Wed, 11 Oct 2017Updated: Wed, 11 Oct 2017By

Any investments held outside new asset pools must be continually justified, says DCLG

Steven Maijoor, chair, ESMA

ESMA: Hard Brexit would pose 'significant stability risks'

Tue, 10 Oct 2017By

Steven Maijoor urges regulated companies to work on contingency plans as Brexit negotiations stall

White cliffs of Dover, England, UK

UK roundup: UBS awarded £11bn passive LGPS mandate

Mon, 9 Oct 2017By

Also: Plumbing company scheme agrees £600m buy-in; Allianz backs transparency code

EIOPA, ECB consult on information gathering

Accounting roundup: Reporting reforms and post-Brexit rules

Mon, 9 Oct 2017By

IASB proposes new financial performance measure; ICAEW calls for maintainance of accounting standards

Are consultants the referees or the players?

Joseph Mariathasan: Are consultants the referees or the players?

Mon, 9 Oct 2017By

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority needs to know what game is being played before assessing the rules

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UK pensions: Running the rule on costs

September 2017 (Magazine)By

A large proportion of institutional investors’ costs remains opaque. Will a new UK initiative change this?

Consolidation: Panacea or pipedream?

September 2017 (Magazine)

Legislative changes will be necessary to enable consolidation

Consolidation: Pressure to unite

September 2017 (Magazine)By

Are mergers or other forms of consolidation likely for UK pensions?

Brexit and sponsors: The great unknown

September 2017 (Magazine)By

Trustees need to think about market volatility and employer covenants in light of Brexit

RAAs: Value protection or moral hazard?

September 2017 (Magazine)

Are regulated apportionment arrangements the answer for insolvent employers?

All Pensions in UK

uk election result compounds brexit uncertainty

Brexit threat to international accounting standards convergence

Wed, 18 Oct 2017By

Aviva, Legal & General and Prudential urge government to keep local rules in place after Brexit

EIOPA, ECB consult on information gathering

Accounting roundup: Reporting reforms and post-Brexit rules

Mon, 9 Oct 2017By

IASB proposes new financial performance measure; ICAEW calls for maintainance of accounting standards

Accountancy

IASB orders more research into controversial accounting rule changes

Mon, 2 Oct 2017By

UK DB funds could dodge controversial rules by renegotiating scheme rules, say consultants

No DC sugar rush

October 2017 (Magazine)By

There is a strong risk that Germany’s pensions reform becomes neither a stunning success nor a stunning failure, but just adds to the complexity of German workplace pensions

A time for strong nerves

October 2017 (Magazine)By

It is understandable that investors are nervous. Not only are valuations stretched in many markets but there seems to be a significant threat of military conflict

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  • Letter From Brussels: Pension rights for posted workers

    Discussions over the payment of social costs, including pension rights, for a large cohort of employees from central and eastern European countries posted temporarily to work in wealthier EU countries are playing a major role in the attempt to update the existing Posting of Workers Directives

  • Letter from Brussels: Tax threatens PEPP proposal

    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

  • Letter from Brussels: Reboot for Capital Markets Union

    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

  • Letter from Brussels: EU seeks to avert Brexit arbitrage

    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

  • Letter from Brussels: A warm reception for PEPP

    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. 

  • Letter from Brussels: Brexit and equivalence

    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’

  • Letter from Brussels: Resaver’s first stage kicks off

    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.

  • Letter from Brussels: Unclear on clearance

    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. 

  • Letter from Brussels: EU focus on tax tricks

    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

  • Letter from Brussels: Pan-EU private schemes for 2017?

    Legislation proposing pan-EU personal pension products (PEPPs) could be tabled in 2017, according to the European Commission

  • Letter from Brussels: A vision for cross-border workers

    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.

  • Letter from Brussels: Weighty in-tray for new CMU commissioner

    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

  • Letter from Brussels: Posted worker woes

    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

  • Letter from Brussels: Tax targeting continues

    Pressure to clean up the financial sector has led to copious legislation from Brussels. 

  • Letter from Brussels: Ethical pressures mount

    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. 

  • Letter from Brussels: Beefing up the CMU

    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

  • Letter from Brussels: Race to upgrade EFSI

    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.

  • Letter from Brussels: A simmering conflict

    Conflict continues to simmer over the issue of passport rights for non-EU-domiciled hedge funds across the EU

  • Letter from Brussels: A lawyer’s feast

    It is a case of tackling one challenge after another in the Capital Markets Union (CMU). According to the European Commission, the present morass of different national insolvency rules creates a barrier to the flow of capital across the EU. 

  • Letter from Brussels: Cross-border challenge for IORP II

    IORP II may have cleared the European Parliament’s committee stage but amendments tabled to the second directive covering occupational pensions since 2003 are so radical that it would be unwise to forecast its future.

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