News in brief - 7 October 2022

Moneyhub has launched a new Pension Finder feature to identify gaps in retirement savings.

The Pension Finder identifies gaps by analysing career histories on LinkedIn and is thought to be the “world’s first extension” of Open Finance using open data. It is designed to help pension managers, workplace pension providers, trustees or advisors help their customers engage with their pension, encourage them to save more cash for retirement and understand the long-term implications of their current financial situation and savings strategies.
The news comes ahead of the launch of Moneyhub’s pension dashboard, which is currently in alpha development and scheduled for launch in early 2024, subject to Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) authorisation.

Smart Pension has announced a partnership with AXA Investment Managers focusing on biodiversity.

The move builds on Smart Pension’s announcement that the company will reach net zero “10 years early” and aims to "further underline" the emphasis on sustainable investing. Commenting on the partnership, Smart Pension chief investment officer, Paul Bucksey, stated: “We are focused on achieving the best outcomes for our members. We have chosen to partner with AXA IM to incorporate its biodiversity strategy as we seek to improve results further for our members.”

Evolve Pensions has launched the Crystal Responsible Investment Fund.

It contains a blend of funds from Alliance Bernstein’s (AB) portfolios with purpose range, and aims to combine strong return potential with a risk profile suitable for most members. The fund also aims to contribute to positive social and environmental outcomes by investing in companies whose products and services contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Evolve suggested that the fund will be a desirable option for their members who wish to make a noticeable difference with their retirement savings, as the ESG level in the fund is such that it will have a “genuine impact”.

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