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PMI appoints Capita Pensions Solutions

The Pensions Management Institute (PMI) has appointed Capita Pension Solutions as a partner to share with PMI members its expertise on data and dashboards within the industry.
Posted on Thursday Jun 23

Industry comments on latest Bank of England rate rise

Industry comments from Cardano, Hymans Robertson and XPS Pensions Group on the Bank of England's base rate increase
Posted on Thursday Jun 16

Isio appointed Scheme Actuary for Scottish Leather Pension

Isio has been appointed as Scheme Actuary, investment advisor and administrator to the Scottish Leather Group Pension Schemes following a thorough selection process.
Posted on Wednesday Jun 15

Research highlights ESG saving intent vs action gap

Research carried out by Aegon UK among 10,000 people reveals the relationship between investing sustainably and a sense of financial wellbeing.
Posted on Tuesday Jun 14

Royal Mail DC Plan select Destination Retirement from HUB

The Trustees of the Royal Mail Defined Contribution Plan (“RMDCP”) select Destination Retirement from HUB Financial Solutions as financial wellness service for scheme members planning for life beyond work
Posted on Monday Jun 13

Legal and General expands Santander partnership

Legal & General Home Finance (LGHF) is extending its long-term partnership into Santander UK’s Wealth division, expanding the range of later life mortgage options available to the bank’s Private clients. The partnership will offer Santander Private Banking clients additional gifting and estate planning opportunities.
Posted on Friday Jun 10

Climate risk does matter for long term investors

In an open letter to Stuart Kirk, the now-suspended head of responsible investing at HSBC Asset Management, Noël Amenc, associate professor at EDHEC Business School and Frédéric Blanc-Brude, director of the EDHEC Infrastructure Institute, express their dismay at the lack of science behind Mr Kirk's recent very public claim that "investors need not worry about climate change." Telling hard truth to a difficult audience is one thing but spreading fake truths to sound clever is all hubris and no brain.
Posted on Wednesday Jun 1

Zedra acquire Caledonian Trustees Limited

ZEDRA have announced the acquisition of a second independent UK professional pension trustee firm, Caledonian Trustees Limited. Founded in 2006, Caledonian is a specialist provider of professional independent trustee and secretarial services to corporate pension and funeral plans.
Posted on Wednesday Jun 1

Aon appointed as adviser to National LGPS Frameworks

Aon has been appointed to the National Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) Pensions Administration Operational Support Services Framework. This new Framework includes communications and engagement services alongside administration support services.
Posted on Tuesday May 31

Platinum Jubilee and how does the UK economy compare to 1952

Ahead of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations this weekend, PwC has looked at some key economic indicators to see how the UK economy today compares to 1952, when Queen Elizabeth II was crowned.
Posted on Tuesday May 31

PIMFA welcomes reduction in FSCS levy

PIMFA welcomes the latest forecast of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) levy which shows a reduction in the levy for 2022/23 to £625mn from an original forecast of £900m in November 2021.
Posted on Thursday May 26

Building retirement portfolios with sustainable investments

Aegon research shows 43% of advisers said they consider sustainable investments when building retirement portfolios, an increase from a third (33%) the previous year. Alongside this, there has been a comparable fall in those considering sustainable investments only at the client’s request, 47% compared to 57% the previous year. This suggests more advisers are embedding sustainable investing into their processes rather than being led by requests from their clients.
Posted on Thursday May 26

Paper exploring the alternative risk transfer market

Hymans Robertson has published its new paper “A Closer Look at Capital Backed Journey Plans” which shows that Capital backed journey plans (CBJP) are becoming an increasingly key part of the growing alternative risk transfer market and could provide schemes with a lower risk means of meeting their long-term objectives.
Posted on Wednesday May 18

RLAM abstains on Shells climate transition plan

Commenting ahead of Shell’s AGM on Tuesday 17th May, Carlota Garcia-Manas, Head of Engagement at Royal London Asset Management (RLAM), said:
Posted on Monday May 16

ESG factors top concerns of investors

Research finds significant generational divide in attitudes to ESG Investments. Majority of all age groups want to see younger generation get better financial education in school. The need for a tech enabled mobile investment app has never been greater
Posted on Friday May 13

L and G agrees buy in with Trans European Port Services

Legal & General Assurance Society Limited (“Legal & General”) today announces that it has agreed a £4.4 million full-scheme buy-in with the Trans-European Port Services Limited 1974 Pension Scheme ("TEPS") (“the Scheme”), securing the benefits for six pension scheme members.
Posted on Thursday May 12

DWP plans could increase scheme costs with no extra benefits

Responding to the DWP’s latest consultation on ‘facilitating investment in illiquid assets by DC pension schemes’, consultants LCP have argued that the measures – though well-intentioned – could fail to achieve their objective whilst adding to scheme costs. The consultation closes on Wednesday 11th May.
Posted on Monday May 9

Comments as BoE raise interest rates again

Broadstone, Aegon, XPS Pension Group and Royal London comment on the Bank of England raising interest rates again
Posted on Thursday May 5

Record number burning money in accounts paying zero interest

Alistair McQueen, Head of Savings & Retirement at Aviva comments on the Bank of England Money & Credit report for March 2022,
Posted on Thursday May 5

Canada Life complete buy in with Nationwide Pension Fund

Nationwide Pension Fund, the closed defined benefit pension scheme for Nationwide Building Society has completed a £172mn buy-in with Canada Life. The transaction relates to pensioners in the Fund’s Cheshire and Derbyshire section and insures the Fund against changes in the cost of providing benefits to these members.
Posted on Tuesday May 3

FCAs perspective on critical issues in financial regulation

Cost of living crisis means consumers are more exposed to risk and more reliant on financial services. New consumer duty will ensure firms take into account ‘good outcomes’ for consumers and clear rules will in future cut costs for firms. Supporting innovation to encourage long-term economic growth and international competitiveness. Extending an early oversight scheme to give 300 newly authorised firms guidance on regulatory issues as they grow. Over 500 applications to attend our first ever CryptoSprint event in May. Post-Brexit, if you are a predominantly UK business, your regulated entity should be here to protect investors and the integrity of the markets.
Posted on Friday Apr 29

Fiduciary managers returns dominated by equity returns

The majority of fiduciary managers’ returns over 2021 were driven by strong performance in equity markets over the year. Incorporating expensive hedge fund strategies often delivered minimal returns. Timing switches between aggressive and defensive asset allocations appears to be difficult; most managers were either able to capture significant market upside or protect on the downside, but not both.
Posted on Thursday Apr 28

L and G agree buy in with Gordonstoun School Retirement

Legal & General Assurance Society Limited (“Legal & General”) today announces that it has agreed a £6.6 million full-scheme buy-in with Gordonstoun School (Gordonstoun Schools Limited) Retirement Benefits Scheme (“the Scheme”) in March 2022, securing the benefits for around 30 deferred members and 65 retirees.
Posted on Thursday Apr 14

Mercer appointed fiduciary manager to Alstom

Mercer has been appointed by Alstom UK’s Common Investment Fund to provide fiduciary management services for three of their UK pension schemes with assets totalling £1.6bn.
Posted on Tuesday Apr 5

Facilitating Investment in Illiquid Assets consultation

Aegon SPP and Hymans Robertson comment on the DWPs latest consultation on facilitating investment in illiquid assets
Posted on Wednesday Mar 30

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