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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

PIPA Awards webinar 2021: Resetting the pensions agenda

Join the Financial Times and Pensions Expert for a webinar in association with Lombard Odier Investment Managers, as we explore the megatrends and economic outlook affecting the pensions sector with some of the industry’s biggest names.

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