£68.5bn scheme’s leaders say they have taken a position of ‘maximum flexibility’ in a bid to resolve a long-running dispute over contributions
Franklin Templeton recommends schemes align with member values via better integration of responsible investment into DC strategies
The food and beverage company has now insured its entire £1.2bn pension scheme with Legal & General, covering 6,700 members
A Hymans Robertson poll shines a light on how pension fund supervisors will handle new reporting rules coming into force in October
Nick Greenwood led the now-£2.2bn fund from 2007 to 2018, implementing a variety of innovative investment and risk management strategies
Industry forum has signed up 76 trustees and pension managers responsible for £367bn of assets in a bid to step up scrutiny of asset managers
The £8bn multi-employer scheme has requested authorisation from the UK regulator to set up NEST Invest to allow co-investments and derivatives use
Amundi and BlackRock will manage roughly 5% of the DC master trust’s default funds with inflows expected to start in October
The Law Commission was asked by the UK government to carry out a study about the system of ‘intermediated securities’
Plus: Legal & General has insured a UK law firm’s £35m scheme, transferring from its fiduciary management business
Schemes aiming for buyout in the next five years are de-risking too slowly, according to analysis by Barnett Waddingham
Five more auto-enrolment master trusts have been approved by The Pensions Regulator
‘A major change of policy like this needs a substantial period of planning and testing so that all necessary safeguards are integrated before it is launched’
Plus: Solidarietà Veneto tenders two mandates worth €328m; Cardano details six fiduciary mandates
USS, Royal Mail, RBS and seven others pen letter endorsing new industry cost disclosure standard
Plus: Trustee company wound up after insolvency investigation found ‘numerous instances of misconduct’
The combined DB pension funding shortfall across the UK’s biggest 350 listed companies increased by £16bn during August
Brunel Pension Partnership looking to appoint two to three managers to run portions of a £365m portfolio
Byhiras, a London-based technology group, will develop a monitoring and validation system for use by the UK’s £347bn local authority pension system
DC funds are increasingly employing focus groups to gain insight into the motivations of their members. But pensions are not as easy to review as hotels or restaurants
The Pensions Regulator is aiming to tackle poorly run UK pension schemes, and has designs on the role that trustees can play
NEST’s Insight unit is looking at how to improve pensions outcomes for the less fortunate
Companies need to find the right balance between making pension deficit contributions and paying dividends to shareholders
France and Germany are the two countries that stand out the most for their comprehensive state pension systems and for underdeveloped second-pillar framework
It is the most fundamental premise of investing yet it is increasingly redundant: invest your money rather than hiding it under the mattress
Investors who are serious about ESG should ask themselves about their China strategies
The Centre for Social Justice – a UK centre-right think tank – has proposed retirement policy reforms including raising the country’s state pension age to 75 by 2035
This follow-up article on the rise of index investing highlights how pension plans are seeking to promote stewardship among their index managers
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Describing himself as “the most senior elected Brit in Brussels” and speaking ahead of 29 March when he and the UK’s 72 other MEPs were set to relinquish their mandate in the European Parliament, Syed Kamall is keen to speak about matters other than Europe.
One of the knottier issues in Brussels at the moment is the future of the European supervisory authorities
At 49, Brian Hayes is young man by political standards. Having started in Irish politics early with his appointment to the Irish Senate in the mid 1990s, Hayes was elected to the Dáil, the lower house, before he was 30, taking a seat for the Fine Gail party.
Lieve Wierinck’s main political passion is ensuring the EU takes full practical advantage of Europe’s excellent scientific base
While he derives some satisfaction from advances in green energy and the like, Sven Giegold is unhappy that most global investment can still be classed as environmentally unsustainable.
Are non-peforming loans an investor’s dream come true? Or do they represent immeasurable risks?
Tensions are rising in Brussels as the EU institutional mandate approaches its end ahead of the Parliamentary elections in May 2019, and the Commission has already ceased issuing new proposals in the absence of legislative time.
The race is on to complete the EU’s flagship Capital Markets Union project before the mandates of the Commission and Parliament elapse next year
Another step by Brussels to ease financing to business across the EU comes with measures to facilitate the cross-border distribution of investment funds
PensionsEurope is concerned about a Brexit ‘no deal’ and is calling for negotiators to pay heed to the €3.54trn sector’s interests
Radical upgrades to the EU’s corporate tax base norms have never been so close to fruition
Europe’s asset management industry is lobbying against any mandatory guaranteed default option in the third-pillar PEPP proposal
As the risk of a no-deal Brexit comes into focus, attention is turning to ways to mitigate the damage across financial services, including asset management and pensions
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