News in brief – 2 October 2020

Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) has launched NavGuide, a complete investment service for smaller defined benefit (DB) pension schemes.

NavGuide provides schemes with tailored investment advice, the initial design and then constant evolution of a bespoke portfolio, online monitoring and funding level tracking, and transition to buyout. It uses a proprietary technology platform to help LGIM analyse individual schemes’ unique circumstances, enabling LGIM to deliver bespoke solutions. It aims to allow smaller schemes to consolidate their investments and gain access to LGIM’s economies of scale.

Pinsent Masons has announced the launch of a bespoke forum for defined contribution (DC) master trust trustees.

The Master Trustee Forum is a thought leadership discussion group for trustees of DC master trusts. It aims to provide a platform for trustees to discuss key developments across the industry and share insight and experience in a constantly evolving and developing market. Set up by Pinsent Masons pensions partner Mark Baker and pensions expert and legal director Michael Jones, the forum enables trustees to share thoughts on a range of key strategic topics. Its initial areas of focus include best practice governance, how to build a framework for delegating responsibilities, investment governance structures and understanding TPR's new supervision processes.

LV= has designed a new monitor to track consumers’ attitudes to their finances and wellbeing.

The LV= Wealth and Wellbeing Monitor surveys 4,000 general UK consumers on a quarterly basis to produce insight and a series of indices highlighting how the coronavirus outbreak and lockdowns are affecting different age and income groups’ attitudes to saving, spending and their wellbeing. It also tracks the attitudes to finance of mass affluent consumers – those with assets of between £100,000 and £500,000 excluding property.

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