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HMS LGPS? Our member's pensions are now an arm of UK foreign and defence policy!

Colin Meech warns the Court of Appeal's bizarre judgment could cause significant financial detriment to local government pension funds

Letter from Brussels: Who cares about our €3.5trn of pension assets?

PensionsEurope, the body representing Europe’s occupational pensions associations, is concerned about a Brexit ‘no deal’, and is calling for negotiators to pay heed to the €3.54trn sector’s interests. Much is at stake, as outlined in a recent PensionsEurope position paper on Brexit.

Do we need an Ofsted-style ratings regime for schemes?

Ofsted-style ratings regime for trust-based schemes would provide transparency for members.

DB schemes 'may have hit fully-funded' in May

Rallying growth assets may have enabled defined benefit (DB) schemes to reach fully-funded on a section 179 basis in the first half of May

We must create a sense of ownership around pensions

The UK has never had more pension savers - ever. Auto-enrolment (AE) has been a giant success in increasing pensions coverage.

Legal & General to step up activism over climate change

Asset manager to vote against chairman of companies slow to tackle global warming

UK financial watchdog to review widely criticised fund disclosure standards

The UK financial regulator has begun a review into investment fund disclosure standards following criticisms that millions of savers are being provided with misleading or false information.

Is fund management over-rated?

We’ve got used to thinking of fund managers as the kings of the lot. They are at the top of food chain in terms of pay and the respect offered them by the rest of the financial community. (But really they deserve derision)

EU must 'stick together' to provide pensions amid Brexit challenges

The EU must "stick together" amid Brexit challenges as a strong economy is needed to provide pensions, Pensions Europe chairman Janwillem Bouma says.

FTSE 350 in best position to pay DB obligations since crisis

The ability of FTSE 350 companies to meet their defined benefit (DB) pension obligations is at its highest level in the last decade, PwC analysis says.

Doing business the right way benefits everyone says John Gray - Chair of the SGLC/LGPS Forum

John Gray says it is worrying for asset owners that many companies have failed to take part in the government-backed Workforce Disclosure Initiative.

Lawyers warn on political influence over LGPS funds after UK court ruling

The UK’s Court of Appeal has ruled that the country’s government can direct local authority pension funds to invest in the wider public interest.

Pension funds to soak up £120m fine for Thames Water

Four of Europe’s biggest pension funds will foot the bill after a UK water company was hit with a £120m (€136m) fine.

Public sector pension funds put millions in tax haven-linked PFIs

Report traces nearly 30% of investments in Scottish PFI schemes to offshore firms

MPs tackle pension fund ‘complacency’ over climate risks

Six of the UK’s biggest pension funds have come under fire from British MPs over their failure to address climate change risks, following a survey of top funds by the Commons Environmental Audit Committee.

Banks and brokers suffer ‘dramatic’ fall in commissions

Asset managers cut fees for share trading after introduction of Europe’s Mifid II rules

Big equity funds accused of breaching EU disclosure rules

Up to a third of large equity funds offered to European investors have been accused of breaching EU market rules over providing comparable performance data.

World No-Tobacco Day: Has the case for investing in the industry finally gone up in smoke?

A look at tobacco divestment over the past 12 months and what lies ahead amid changing regulation and waning consumer demand

Southampton Uni to close non-academic staff DB scheme to new members

The University of Southampton has confirmed plans to close the Pension and Assurance Scheme for Non-Academic Staff (PASNAS) to new members at the end of December.

How trustees can get to grips with investment costs

How trustees and pension executives can develop an appropriate approach to understanding and managing costs.

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