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Sterling

DC growing despite perceived drag of DB funding

Mon, 27 Feb 2017By

Willis Towers Watson report paints positive outlook for defined contribution

assessing the trump effect

Joseph Mariathasan: Can UK benefit from US immigration woes?

Mon, 27 Feb 2017By

Trump’s clampdown on immigrants may create hostility that will backfire on long term economic prospects

London Eye

Pension fund pooling 'not a panacea', fund managers warn

Mon, 27 Feb 2017By

Investment Association voices caution on extent of cost savings as calls grow for UK scheme consolidation

Financial Reporting Council (FRC)

LAPFF hits out at UK's Financial Reporting Council

Mon, 27 Feb 2017By

FRC warrants ‘intensive investigation’ from government, argues public pension fund group

FCA office

UK consultants bid to avoid competition inquiry

Fri, 24 Feb 2017By

Aon Hewitt, Mercer, and Willis Towers Watson issue joint response to regulator’s review

Offshore wind farm

UK's NEST adopts ‘climate aware’ fund for default strategy

Fri, 24 Feb 2017By

NEST is seeding a new UBS-managed equities fund with climate ‘tilts’

London's Liverpool Street station

Willis Towers Watson launches asset management exchange

Thu, 23 Feb 2017By

The exchange will initially provide access to hedge fund strategies, but will roll out to other asset classes

Accountancy

FRC plans overhaul of UK corporate governance code

Tue, 21 Feb 2017By

Accounting regulator to act after parliamentary committee completes governance inquiry

Calculator

PPF sets out proposal for levy for schemes without sponsors

Tue, 21 Feb 2017By

Consultation could have important impact on schemes such as British Steel

Toll road infrastructure

Berkshire Pension Fund to buy 20% of Gresham House for alternatives push

Tue, 21 Feb 2017By

Strategic relationship being forged as asset manager prepares to launch platform for investment in ‘niche’ alternatives

People

New research plots top sources of ESG risk for UK DC default funds

Tue, 21 Feb 2017By

PLSA commissioned research given ‘confluence’ of DC and ESG trends

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, London

UK government sets out scope for DB reform

Mon, 20 Feb 2017By

Government consultation suggests changes to indexation among range of options for UK system

Handshake

Mandate roundup: Foncer, Epap, Enpapi, PKH, Nottinghamshire

Fri, 17 Feb 2017By

Italian pension funds have issued searches for balanced and fixed income managers

Pounds sterling

UK roundup: British Steel, state pension age, Pensions Regulator [updated]

Thu, 16 Feb 2017By

Unions accept closure of British Steel scheme, while post-Brexit fall in immigration could require higher state pension age

Oil wells

Campaign group targets London pension fund over Dakota pipeline holdings

Wed, 15 Feb 2017By

Divest London urges action from London mayor over holdings linked to controversial development

FCA office

FCA to consider market structure changes to boost 'patient capital'

Wed, 15 Feb 2017By

UK regulator is seeking views on effectiveness of UK primary capital markets

Stock price on monitor

Accounting roundup: More illegal dividends unearthed

Wed, 15 Feb 2017By

Dunelm and Hargreaves Lansdown made payments without reporting up-to-date cash balances

Compass

A purpose-driven performance metric for asset management?

Tue, 14 Feb 2017By

Research from State Street and CFA Institute claims to have discovered a new business metric that can improve performance 

London phonebox

Pension funds should be subject to governance code, say MPs

Mon, 13 Feb 2017By

BHS collapse shows importance of transparency for private companies and pension schemes, select committee argues

Sterling

Joseph Mariathasan: The implications of DB transfers

Mon, 13 Feb 2017By

Some UK funds are quoting generous transfer values. But is leaving a DB scheme the best option?

All Latest UK News

Pensions In UK: Of Brexit, deficits and LDI

September 2016 (Magazine)By

With a potential Brexit in sight, Carlo Svaluto Moreolo asks whether the assumptions underlying liability-driven investment (LDI) need to be reconsidered 

Liquidity warnings

September 2016 (Magazine)By

Regulation is constraining pension funds’ ability to manage risk and they should prepare for future illiquidity

Pensions Accounting: Managing change

September 2016 (Magazine)By

UK defined-benefit deficits are ballooning. The Brexit vote might initiate behavioural change, Stephen Bouvier writes

DC Income Strategies: Another egg in the NEST?

September 2016 (Magazine)By

As the UK government consults on whether NEST should be allowed to enter the drawdown market, Jonathan Williams examines the arguments for and against its entry, and what the fund can learn from Australia

Diversified Growth Funds: Diffusing the risk

September 2016 (Magazine)

Katherine Lynas and Adam Gillespie point out that strong diversified growth funds distinguish themselves in performance terms at times of heightened market stress

All Pensions in UK

Financial Reporting Council (FRC)

LAPFF hits out at UK's Financial Reporting Council

Mon, 27 Feb 2017By

FRC warrants ‘intensive investigation’ from government, argues public pension fund group

Accountancy

FRC plans overhaul of UK corporate governance code

Tue, 21 Feb 2017By

Accounting regulator to act after parliamentary committee completes governance inquiry

Stock price on monitor

Accounting roundup: More illegal dividends unearthed

Wed, 15 Feb 2017By

Dunelm and Hargreaves Lansdown made payments without reporting up-to-date cash balances

Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria

Bulgarian review leads to writedown of asset values

Tue, 7 Feb 2017By Krystyna Krzyzak

System is nevertheless deemed sustainable by Financial Supervision Commission

Accountancy

Accounting roundup: 'illegal' dividends, PIRC, FRC, s172, EFRAG

Mon, 6 Feb 2017By

PIRC’s disputes with FRC continue, and EFRAG hunts for hybrid pension fund experts

All News and Opinions

  • 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.

  • Letter from Brussels: Focus on low returns

    Dismally low returns on EU pension fund investments over 15 years? The allegation comes in a study by Better Finance, the European Federation of Investors & Financial Services Users. The report, Pensions Savings: The Real Return, points to excessive fees, points to other charges, and badly framed taxation rules, as the culprits.

  • Cayman Islands Sign

    Letter from Brussels: Pressure builds on tax havens

    Brussels’ financial focus is on aggressive corporate tax planning and the related question of tax havens. This concerns the hedge fund ‘passport’ rights to do business across the EU and compliance of the offshore jurisdictions where they are domiciled to EU norms.

  • Letter from Brussels: A tricky path ahead

    The process of making pensions policy in Brussels between now and end of the year resembles two juggernauts moving towards each other

  • Letter from Brussels: Ready with the axe?

    The lack of demand rather than supply for both credit and capital is a common criticism from investors of the EU’s capital market union (CMU) programme

  • Letter from Brussels: Awaking a sleep-walking economy

    A few more European cross-border lending opportunities have started to emerge. This follows anticipation of the European Investment Plan launched by Jean-Claude Juncker

  • Letter from Brussels: Bond market scrutiny

    There has been a flurry of activity and comment from industry groups on the subject of bond market liquidity

  • Letter from Brussels: Uphill battle for CMU

    There is enthusiasm for the EU’s capital market union (CMU) project. However, it faces prodigious obstacles in achieving its 2019 deadline.

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