In brief

  • February, 2017

    Trustee boards lacking diversity

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    New research from Aon Hewitt and Leeds University Business School (LUBS) on pension fund trustees has found high levels of financial literacy but a lack of diversity. According to their research, over 80% of trustees are male, with an average age of 54 and at least 10 years of trustee experience on average. LUBS associate professor, Dr Iain Clacher, ...

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  • February, 2017

    Supreme Court decision likely to cause headaches for pensions administrators

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    The recent Brewster decision, made by the Supreme Court, is expected to have significant implications for unmarried couples in UK pension funds. Denise Brewster won the right to a survivor’s pension after her long-term partner, who was a member of the Northern Ireland Local Government Officers’ Superannuation Committee (NILGOSC), died, without formally ...

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  • February, 2017

    PLSA calls for a Brexit that works for UK pensions

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    The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has called for a form of Brexit that works well for pension funds in the UK. The PLSA said that a successful outcome from the Brexit negotiations, from a pension scheme perspective, would include the following: a robust economy, the right regulatory system and a strong financial services sector. On the ...

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  • February, 2017

    Reflation, then inflation, but also growth

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    Fund manager Unigestion has predicted the returns of inflation, but also higher growth, meaning investors should overweight inflation-linked assets. It said that inflation-linked bonds and commodities are its favoured assets, while it thinks nominal bonds will suffer. “Our calculations of current fair value based on potential GDP and inflation come out ...

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  • February, 2017

    Rise in global pension assets in 2016

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    UK and global pension fund assets have increased in 2016, according to a new report from consultants Willis Towers Watson. In addition it said that UK pension fund assets rose by an average of 6.5% over the last 10 years, while global assets grew by 3.8% in dollar terms in the last five years. Willis Towers Watson global head of investment content, Roger ...

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  • February, 2017

    Call for better governance for infrastructure assets

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    Fund manager Hermes Investment Management has called for enhanced corporate governance for private infrastructure assets, in order to improve outcomes for investors, employees and other stakeholders. In a new paper on the topic, Hermes outlined two key areas which it said can help close the governance gap at private infrastructure assets. These are the ...

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