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Workplace pensions shouldn’t be this much hard work

Greater transparency is welcome — but plain English would also help

Investment consultancy probe to focus on lack of competition

Regulators will also examine conflicts of interest in industry advising on £3tn of assets

Big investors have appetite to bypass fund managers

Direct investing allows pension funds to avoid fees charged by external managers

How asset managers are reacting to pension changes

As DC schemes become an increasingly important client, asset managers must adapt to their evolving needs. Stephanie Baxter examines key trends in the Investment Association's annual survey

The four factors driving the growth in index investing strategies

Schemes are increasing their usage of index strategies. Armit Bhambra looks at the four key factors driving this growth

Competition Markest Authority reveals scope of investment consultancy probe

The Competition and Markets Authority has (CMA) set out the coverage of its "thorough and independent" investigation of investment consultants and fiduciary managers, and what action it could decide to take.

LGPS is in a strong position but its time to build on that strength

The LGPS continues to evolve and adapt to the ever changing pensions environment, including the increased scrutiny it is under to ensure its sustainability and affordability. (This is a view of an investment consultant not of UNISON - there is no evidence that the LGPS funds are charged less in fees than other pension funds)

ECJ ruling is ‘defeat for Ryanair and victory for workers’ rights’

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and ETF (European Transport Workers’ Federation) have welcomed a ruling today by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) as a major defeat for Ryanair on workers’ rights.

How DC growth is reshaping asset management

The rise of defined contribution (DC) and auto-enrolment is blurring the lines between institutional and retail investors, according to the Investment Association (IA).

Brunel pool to invest £5bn in private markets as it seeks head of asset class

Brunel Pension Partnership (BPP) is looking for a head of private markets to directly invest the pool in real estate, infrastructure, private equity, and debt.

Unprofessional Pensions: Why Investment Consultant CMA referral is good news for our industry

LCP's Philip Boyle explains why he believes the CMA review will help set the investment consultancy market free

Lack of transparency in pension fund investments will 'lead to civil unrest'

The combination of lack of trust, poor transparency, and inadequate retirement funds will cause "civil unrest" in the next few decades, Andy Agathangelou warns.

Big investors take aim at banks over climate change risk

Investment managers write to chief executives about compliance with Paris accord

Big investors to put more money into tackling climate change

Investors are frustrated about ‘inadequate’ disclosure from companies, survey says

Investment consultants to face competition probe

FCA acts on concerns over industry advising on £1.6tn of pension and insurance assets

DWP hints at ramping up cost disclosure in DC; plans to consult

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) wants to improve the disclosure of costs and charges to defined contribution (DC) members and will consult on this in the future, policy manager David Farrar says.

CWU to hold strike ballot over Royal Mail pension plans

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) will ballot its members on strike action over Royal Mail's plans to close its defined benefit (DB) scheme.

Royal London commits to LGPS transparency code

Royal London Asset Management (RLAM) has become the latest asset manager to sign up to the £217bn Local Government Pension Scheme's (LGPS) code of transparency.

FCA confirms membership of cost disclosure working group

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has confirmed the 20 members and four observer organisations of its Institutional Disclosure Working Group.

McClymont becomes deputy co-chairman of FCA disclosure group and new PQM chief

Gregg McClymont has been appointed to senior positions at the Pensions Quality Mark (PQM) and the Financial Conduct Authority's (FCA) working group on institutional transaction costs.

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