News in brief 9 February

- Hymans Robertson secures PASA reaccreditation.

Hymans Robertson has successfully completed the Pensions Administration Standards Association’s reaccreditation process, PASA has revealed. Chair of PASA’s accreditation committee Lorraine Harper, commented: “PASA accreditation is an outward demonstration that a pension service truly cares about the quality of service it provides to members. When an organisation undergoes the reaccreditation process, they further cement their long-term commitment to delivering this.”

- deVere Group expands its graduate programme.

deVere Group has announced its plans to expand its flagship graduate programme. The firm’s CEP Nigel Green has confirmed that at least 125 graduates will take part in the programme this year, up from 94 in 2017. deVere Group now has advisers who started their career on the graduate programme in each of its major offices around the world including Hong Kong, New York, Sydney, Dubai, Cape Town and Geneva.

- Dow Chemical moves into Aon’s EMEA DC solution.

Dow Chemical has moved into Aon’s EMEA DC solution in the Netherlands, concentrating its European DC plans with Aon. Aon’s EMEA DC solution comprises of a blend of cross-border and local master trusts delivering DC retirement benefits to employees in different countries. Investment solutions and member communications are consistent and have resulted in improved corporate governance and financial wellness, Aon explained.

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