In brief

  • April, 2020

    Covid-19 hikes deficits by £100 billion in week one

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    The market volatility caused by the outbreak of Covid-19 added £100 billion to the deficits of the UK’s defined benefit schemes in just one week, according to analysis by Hymans Robertson. The downturn in global equity markets had taken solvency deficits to around £500 billion and if the spread continues could cause a macroeconomic shock, which has ...

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  • April, 2020

    FCA delays DB transfer reforms

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    The Financial Conduct Authority has pushed back the implementation of its planned changes to the defined benefit transfer market by six months. The regulator had been expected to implement the reforms, which will include plans to ban contingent charging and introduce abridged advice, during the first quarter of this year. However, the FCA updated its ...

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  • April, 2020

    Northumberland and Tyne and Wear schemes plan to merge

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    The government has launched a consultation on plans to combine the Northumberland County Council Pension Scheme into the Tyne and Wear scheme, in the hope of saving up to 12% in administrative and governance costs a year. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said changes affecting the LGPS including the introduction of the career ...

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  • April, 2020

    London CIV strengthens senior management key appointments

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    The London Collective Investment Vehicle (CIV) has made three appointments to its management team, aiming to strengthen its responsible investment resources. LCIV, one of the eight LGPS investment pools, has hired Jason Fletcher as chief investment officer, commencing in July. Fletcher joins after three years as chief investment officer at LPGS Central, ...

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  • April, 2020

    TPR advises on Covid-19 contingency plans

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    The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has urged trustees to put appropriate monitoring and contingency plans in place to account for the financial risks of Covid-19 to their schemes. In a statement the regulator said it was “engaging with the pensions industry to understand the pressure it faces from Covid-19 and to help minimise any impact on ...

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  • April, 2020

    Falling Gilt yields to weigh heavily on funding

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    Plummeting Gilt yields will likely cause further funding problems for defined benefit pension schemes, as investors pile into safe haven assets amid the Covid-19 outbreak, according to pensions consultancy Barnett Waddingham. Short-term fixed-interest Gilt yields turned negative for the first time in history in March, exacerbated by the cut in the Bank of ...

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