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Study highlights imbalance between dividends and pension payments

Fri, 24 May 2019By

LCP found that FTSE 100 companies paid £90bn to shareholders and just £13bn to pension funds in 2018

Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer strikes fresh buy-ins worth £1.4bn with PIC, Phoenix

Thu, 23 May 2019By

The UK high street chain has now insured ‘approximately two thirds’ of its pensioner liabilities to reduce exposure to longevity changes and other risks

Geneva, Switzerland

Swiss voters approve €4bn recapitalisation of Geneva pension fund

Tue, 21 May 2019By

A plan worth CHF4.4bn will take the Swiss canton’s public pension scheme to a funding level of 75%, but without a DB to DC shift

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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 

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Swiss pension funds bounce back from 2018 losses

Thu, 16 May 2019By

The average funding ratio of Swiss Pensionskassen declined by more than 5 percentage points during 2018 after the fourth-quarter equity crash

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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

Accountancy

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

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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

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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

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Engineering scheme introduces real assets portfolio, targeting €2.5bn

Thu, 9 May 2019By

Dedicated allocation is to replace PME’s 1.6% alternatives portfolio, comprising forestry and infrastructure

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ABP to focus on energy transition to support local economy

Wed, 8 May 2019By

Civil service scheme says it has been difficult to find sufficient investment volume to allocate to domestic assets in the Netherlands

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Netherlands roundup: Port workers eye legal action against regulator

Fri, 3 May 2019By Frank van Alphen

Plus: A survey of pension scheme members has found that three quarters supported ESG investing – and would accept lower payouts to facilitate it

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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

Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva’s €11.2bn pension fund pleads for ‘double Yes’ in funding vote

Thu, 18 Apr 2019By

CPEG is anxious about a May referendum that could pave the way for much-needed financing

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Chart of the Week: Dutch schemes bounce back with Q1 gains of up to 8.5%

Thu, 18 Apr 2019By

Strong equity markets and rising government bonds help recovery from weak end to 2018

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Netherlands roundup: PNO picks Kempen as fiduciary for DC plan

Mon, 15 Apr 2019By , Pensioen Pro staff

Plus: Construction company scheme to liquidate; Metal industry schemes increase lobbying against rights cuts

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BaFin warning on Pensionskassen was ‘wake-up call’ to sector

Mon, 15 Apr 2019By

Chair of Wacker Chemie Pensionskasse argues that regulatory intervention was ‘beneficial shock’ for some organisations

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    Closing date: 2019-06-04.

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    Asset region: Switzerland.
    Size: CHF 130m.
    Closing date: 2019-06-04.

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