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Tata Steel plant in Workington, UK

Tata Steel 'offers £520m' to pension scheme

Fri, 21 Apr 2017By

Final agreement seen as still some way off as trustees reiterate desire for RAA solution

Offshore wind farm

USS backs Macquarie purchase of UK Green Investment Bank

Thu, 20 Apr 2017By

£57bn UK pension fund to back new offshore wind fund and low carbon lending platform

Joanne Segars PLSA investment conference 2016

PLSA chief executive Segars to leave in June [updated]

Thu, 20 Apr 2017By IPE Staff

UK pensions body praised Segars for the impact she has made

challenging outlook for uk real estate

UK roundup: MPs take on former Bernard Matthews owner over pension fund

Wed, 19 Apr 2017By

Also: PPF helps packaging company avoid pre-pack administration; Scotland seeks private equity fund advice

Theresa May, UK prime minister

Reaction: UK prime minister calls for general election

Tue, 18 Apr 2017By

Theresa May seeks stronger electoral support ahead of Brexit negotiations

FCA office

UK regulator flags stability risk of 'very large' asset managers

Tue, 18 Apr 2017By

FCA will review options for asset managers to deal with liquidity issues

Denise Le Gal, chair, Brunel Pensions Partnership

UK public schemes name chair of £25bn Brunel partnership

Tue, 18 Apr 2017By

Denise Le Gal is an influential name in local government pensions

Royal Mail to close DB scheme in 2018

Union threatens strike action as Royal Mail confirms DB closure

Thu, 13 Apr 2017By

£7.6bn scheme to shut in 2018 to avoid spike in annual contributions

Strip coal mining

ESG roundup: Investors call for more from Rio Tinto climate report

Thu, 13 Apr 2017By

Plus: new guide to help investors with their own reporting on climate change

Small companies risk fines with auto-enrolment delays

UK roundup: Small companies risking fines with AE delays

Wed, 12 Apr 2017By

Plus: DB funding improves during Q1, and Barnett Waddingham enters JV with Milliman

Amundi teams up with French energy agency

The robot regulator: UK watchdog reveals use of machine learning

Tue, 11 Apr 2017By

The Pensions Regulator teams up with government data scientists to improve communication and enforcement priorities

Sterling

Pension fund payments to active managers up 70% in six years

Tue, 11 Apr 2017By

LCP claims active managers have been rewarded for simply retaining assets

UK union members meet PensionDanmark over biomass agreements

PensionDanmark meets UK unions over claims of wage-undercutting

Mon, 10 Apr 2017By

Danish labour-market pension fund does not support undercutting, director says

Gavel

UK roundup: Regulator hits trustee and solicitor with fines

Thu, 6 Apr 2017By

Also: Master trusts on the rise, and Northern Ireland public fund closes funding gap

Financial Reporting Council (FRC)

New code for UK private companies to include pension payments

Wed, 5 Apr 2017By

UK MPs call for corporate governance code for privately-held companies in wake of BHS collapse

London phonebox

UK public schemes launch £1.8bn private equity pool

Wed, 5 Apr 2017By

LPP completes merger of existing private equity assets on first anniversary of partnership’s launch

LGIM increases activist voting

LGIM turns up heat on company boards with voting strategy

Tue, 4 Apr 2017By

Asset manager voted against resolutions at more than half of FTSE World constituents’ AGMs in 2016

Equity investors should consider the duration of their portfolios index

UK roundup: FTSE 250 firms face heavy DB burden

Mon, 3 Apr 2017By

JLT assesses mid-cap index liabilities; former BHS owner under fire (again); BMW’s workers in pension-related strike

Euro banknotes

Brexit: Currency hedging and global equities to the forefront

Fri, 31 Mar 2017By

Volatility in sterling expected, but major asset allocation changes are not encouraged

Road sky clouds horizon long-term distance

UK regulator urges long-term focus in trustee guidance

Fri, 31 Mar 2017By

TPR highlights sustainability risks and climate change among long list of trustee priorities

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

German pensions: A new not-quite revolution

April 2017 (Magazine)By

The current reforms risk repeating some of the mistakes of the Riester plan. Devolving responsibility to social partners for creating new sector schemes risks passing the buck

Europe: The genie is out of the lamp

April 2017 (Magazine)By

Times have changed since the Society for the German Language chose Alternativlos (without alternative) as its Unwort (literally ‘unword’ or ugliest word) of the year for 2010

Fiduciary managers need more competition

April 2017 (Magazine)By

The review of the UK’s asset management market by the FCA may or may not result in tighter regulation of investment advice. But the regulator would do well to continue focusing on investment consulting firms that offer fiduciary management services

From Our Perspective: Two decades of shifting perspectives

April 2017 (Magazine)

This spring marks 20 years since the first issue of IPE. Our founders Piers Diacre and Fennell Betson started this publication with an assumption that funded pension systems would become more widespread in time, leading to increased diversification and a need for clear, well-researched and well-presented information.

Norges Bank Investment Management: Strategy shift at Europe’s biggest investor

April 2017 (Magazine)By

Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), arguably the world’s most watched institutional investor, is considering adopting a risk-factor approach.

All News and Opinions

  • 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.

  • 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

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