Industry calls for more data clarity on pensions dashboards

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The Pensions Dashboards Programme will launch new research into how data will be displayed, after concerns around the ability of schemes to supply estimated retirement income figures were raised by industry in a response to a call for input.

Weekly Roundup: Not so simple statements

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This week – Guy Opperman pledges ‘simple annual benefits statements’, the Government Actuary’s Department agrees with HM Treasury’s cost-control mechanism reforms, most pension schemes falling short on ESG commitments, and BT Pension Scheme deficit improves on back of recovery plan.

Experts warn against major pension tax changes this autumn

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The government’s attempts to source billions of pounds in spending by altering pensions taxation are unlikely to be successful, although the Autumn Budget is unlikely to produce major announcements in this area, experts have said.

USS employers call for union co-operation ahead of strike ballot

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Universities UK, the group representing 340 Universities Superannuation Scheme employers, has called on trade unions to co-operate with it as it bids to reform the embattled pension scheme.

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The exodus from DB schemes continues to raise concerns

Mark van den Berghen (Teaser)

Buck’s principal and senior consulting actuary Mark van den Berghen details the latest changes in the pension transfer advice market and explains why trustees should consider appointing an independent financial adviser.

Look behind the mask to better understand colleagues’ struggles

Sarah Brennan

With World Mental Health Day 2021 being celebrated on Sunday, Sarah Brennan, professional trustee at Dalriada Trustees, shines a light on the importance of supporting people with mental health issues in the workplace.

How declarations of intent might change the world of pensions

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DLA Piper’s legal director Craig Looker explains how corporate transactions will be affected by the Pensions Regulator's new powers and what is expected from sponsors and schemes’ trustees.

Videos & Podcasts

Schemes’ trustees cannot ignore social factors risks

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Podcast: Stefan Lundbergh, director at Cardano, and John Howchin, secretary-general of the Council on Ethics for Sweden’s national pension funds, discuss why socially aware investing is so important for pension funds of all sizes — and how trustees can go about taking action.

Mandating net zero could ‘cut straight through’ fiduciary duties

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Podcast: Stuart O’Brien, partner at Sackers, and Gareth Stears, pensions technical consultant at Aries Insight, discuss ESG and net zero, social housing, and the Pensions Regulator’s controversial criminal powers.

How to incorporate ESG into manager research

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Video: Ben Cooper, head of manager research at Cardano, explains how to make sure external managers meet sustainability requirements, how easy it is to get information from third parties, and what questions trustees should be asking during the manager appointment process.

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Trustees in the firing line as private equity houses target UK firms

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CPD: With US private equity houses scooping up much-loved British companies at bargain prices, Stephanie Hawthorne looks at the implications for UK pensions schemes and their trustees.

BoE sets out illiquids ‘roadmap’ but doubts remain

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CPD: Despite a detailed report from the Bank of England suggesting a roadmap for DC schemes to invest in illiquid investments, industry professionals and members have doubts about the practical implications of these allocations, writes Benjamin Mercer.

The tip of the iceberg: Exploring the TCFD regulations

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CPD: Sackers’ partner Stuart O’Brien details the new ESG requirements that came into force for larger schemes on October 1, and what trustees need to do to comply with the new rules