Archive Features

Laura Blows speaks to Nest Insight director of research and innovation, Jo Phillips, about its research and trials to help increase people’s savings levels
 April 2024
UK government bonds – or gilts – have long played an integral part in pension strategies. We look at the place they hold in today’s evolving industry, and the effects of the 2022 gilt crisis on pensions
 April 2024
Abigail Williams explores whether the recent withdrawal of some large asset managers from the Climate 100+ initiative is part of a broader trend and, if so, what this could mean for pension schemes’ sustainable investing agendas
 April 2024
Vidett professional trustee and client director, Kevin Dolan, explains the role the trustee firm played in helping enhance members’ outcomes following a corporate restructuring of Communisis
 April 2024
David Adams reports on the efforts of regulators and the industry to create a new framework to measure and report on value for money
 April 2024
Following the recent announcement of superfund Clara’s second deal, and proposals for a public-sector consolidator, Chloe Whelan looks at the innovation occurring in the DB consolidation space
 April 2024
As part of Pensions Age’s financial literacy special focus, Jack Gray speaks to Money and Pensions Service new CEO, Oliver Morley, about his plans for the service and the efforts to improve financial literacy levels in the UK
 April 2024
Lynn Strongin Dodds looks at the balance between the desire for DC schemes to increase their sustainable investments, and the hesitancy to pay the higher fees of illiquid assets to do so
 April 2024
Is surplus extraction the way forward for DB schemes, asks Chloe Whelan
 April 2024
Mark Harris explains the changes, effective now, to the Financial Reporting Council’s Technical Actuarial Standard for pensions
 April 2024
Standard Life explores the considerations for trustees around managing illiquid assets ahead of a bulk purchase annuity transaction
 April 2024
Sandra Haurant explores how UK pension funds are being encouraged to invest in ways that would boost UK economic growth
 March 2024
Following the completion of a full scheme buy-in for the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, Quantum Advisory and Trustee Corporation share their tips on how to ensure a smooth running process
 March 2024
With a General Election coming this year, commercial pensions dashboards are getting strong cross-party political support. Independent pensions dashboards consultant, Richard Smith, explains the many reasons why
 March 2024
Church of England Pensions Board deputy chief responsible investment officer, Stephen Barrie, explains how pension funds can help ensure their ethical and sustainability standards are not lost post-buyout
 March 2024
In the latest edition of Pensions Age’s financial literacy special focus, Lynn Strongin Dodds explores what role the industry has in improving financial literacy and how it can help enhance people’s pension knowledge
 March 2024
Chloe Whelan explores the full range of endgame options for DB schemes
 March 2024
Buyout, run-on or both? Whatever your scheme’s preferred destination, we’ll help you construct the way forward
 March 2024
Laura Blows explores how the increasing use of professional trustees is changing board dynamics with advisers, and how the boundary between additional trustee services and advisory services is starting to blur
 March 2024
Sophie Smith sits down with Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) head of DC, master trusts and lifetime savings, Alyshia Harrington-Clark, to discuss the latest update to the Retirement Living Standards, and the difference a cheese grater can make
 March 2024
To be ready in time for the pensions dashboards connection deadline, there is a lot schemes must do to meet their obligations. XPS client services director, James Peel, discusses XPS’s delivery plan for schemes. This includes how they are collaborating with their Integrated Service Provider (ISP), ITM, on the outputs members will receive, and future dashboards administration – with contributions from ITM chief innovation officer, Maurice Titley
 March 2024
To look after member benefits, pension trustee boards need to stay on top of changing circumstances and be ready to address unexpected challenges. Vidett’s Chris Halewood identifies some changes faced by two hypothetical trustee boards and suggests how to deal with them
 March 2024
Matthew Swynnerton and Megan Sumpster explore the recent Newell ruling regarding pension scheme amendments
 March 2024
The success of buyout deals hinges on a team effort between administrators, actuaries, lawyers and insurers, but how can these parties enhance their collaborative efficiency?
 February 2024
Pensions Management Institute (PMI) director of policy and external affairs, Tim Middleton, sits down with Sophie Smith to discuss the association’s latest academy partnerships, and how the PMI can help trustees make sense of the new developments in the landscape
 February 2024
As part of Pensions Age’s year-long special focus on financial literacy, David Adams considers how the way we think sometimes stops us doing the right thing when it comes to retirement saving – and what the industry, employers and policymakers can do about it
 February 2024
Sophie Smith takes a closer look at the recent backlash faced by Morrisons after it announced changes to its pension contribution policy, and whether there is still enough incentive for employers to go above and beyond in their pension offering
 February 2024
An efficient central clearing house will be imperative to realising the proposed pot for life system, but how will it work and what challenges need to be overcome? Jack Gray investigates
 February 2024
Abigail Williams explores how those managing pension schemes can best align their sustainable investment principles with the actions of their asset managers
 February 2024
Laura Blows speaks to Avon Pension Fund investment manager, Nathan Rollinson, about the fund’s responsible investment strategy and its decision to bring forward its net-zero target to 2045
 February 2024
The government has confirmed its intention for the pooling of LGPS assets to be complete by March 2025, and for there to be fewer, but larger, pools in excess of £50 billion in size. But when push comes to shove, did the LGPS need further encouragement to pool its assets, or was it already heading in the right direction?
 February 2024
With around half the globe heading to the ballots in what is set to be the biggest election year in history, how will global equities markets, and managers, fare in 2024, asks Sandra Haurant
 February 2024
Maiyuresh Rajah, head of investment strategy and proposition at Aviva, discusses how investments can play a part in guiding pension savers through their options at retirement
 February 2024
Niamh Smith looks at why the leading proposal to change the general levy has sparked backlash from small schemes, and what could be done to limit the negative impact
 January 2024
Lynn Strongin Dodds explores whether consolidation remains the name of the game for DC master trusts
 January 2024
Boots Pension Scheme chair of trustees, Alan Baker, and secretary to the trustees, Steve Jones, talk to Francesca Fabrizi about the challenges and successes of the recently transacted buy-in with Legal & General
 January 2024
Has the ‘reset’ of the pensions dashboards project, announced in March 2023, offered a valuable chance to review and refine projects, or has it killed the momentum behind the project? David Adams asks if the dash to build dashboards is about to resume
 January 2024
With political shifts prompting yet more change at the Department for Work and Pensions, Pensions Age takes a look back at the highs and lows of recent Pensions Ministers
 January 2024
Laura Blows explores the average level of financial literacy in the UK, in the first of Pensions Age’s year-long special focus on the subject, and how this can affect pensions saving
 January 2024
Jack Gray speaks to Pensions Policy Institute research associate, Anna Brain, about the institute’s report on the threat the rise in private renting could have on the UK pensions system
 January 2024
High interest rates, sticky inflation and weaker economic growth have combined to create a
challenging environment for traditional fixed income investors. Securitised credit strategies
could offer an attractive alternative for pension fund investors
 January 2024
Aviva policy manager, workplace savings, Dale Critchley, examines the role trustees play in members’ decumulation phase
 January 2024
Johnathon Ryder examines the challenges that member communications face with the emergence of AI
 January 2024
With most journeys, we usually have a clear idea of our destination, and how to get there. However, there are often challenges along the way. The road to the General Code is no different
 January 2024
Michael Burdett explains why run-on solutions are increasingly popular for DB pension schemes
 January 2024
LDI and investment strategy considerations for a post gilt-crisis world
 January 2024
By better understanding different people’s needs and attitudes, we can build a more inclusive
retirement savings system. But do we understand other people as well as we might think?
 January 2024
Jonathan Watts-Lay looks at the challenges members may face in the year ahead, including the continuing pressure from rising costs and how this may impact pension savings, as well as the key considerations for members approaching retirement. With this in mind, he also outlines how schemes, trustees and employers can help members take the right course of action to optimise their retirement outcomes
 January 2024
After a busy 2023, there is little indication that things will slow down for pension trustees in 2024. We explore what’s to come in the year ahead, and how boards can best prepare themselves
 January 2024
As fiduciary managers face falling levels of assets under management, Gill Wadsworth considers the pressures facing the sector and where it may find new opportunities to diversify
 January 2024
What may be in store for investment markets in 2024? Sandra Haurant finds out
 January 2024
Following another busy year in the pensions sector, Jack Gray looks ahead at 2024’s expected deluge of proposals and initiatives that look set to transform the pensions landscape
 January 2024
The impact of the pandemic on longevity trends in the UK has had implications for DB schemes in particular. But to what extent will longevity continue to be an important factor in shaping trustees’ strategies over the next few years; and how important are longevity trends to the running of DC schemes?
 December 2023
More needs to be done to help DC savers work out what retirement incomes they should be aiming for – and how to achieve them
 December 2023
Francesca Fabrizi sits down with Brightwell CEO, Morten Nilsson, to look at where the DB pensions market is going, the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead, and how he believes Brightwell can fill a gap in the market
 December 2023
Sandra Haurant explores changing trends within DB schemes’ real estate investments
 December 2023
DB superfunds are finally making a splash, with the first transfer into one having taken place in November. But what will the role of these funds be in the wider de-risking market?
 December 2023
With improved funding levels, DB schemes are in a healthy position. But ahead of the funding code and Mansion House reforms being implemented, uncertainty remains
 December 2023
Abigail Williams explores how TCFD regulations have bedded in within the pensions sector
 December 2023
Lynn Strongin Dodds explores how the government’s recent efforts to increase illiquid asset investment within DC schemes fit in with ESG priorities rising up investors’ agendas
 December 2023
Despite the tightest squeeze on household budgets in decades, most defined contribution (DC) pension savers would pay more to see their funds supporting environmental, social and governance (ESG) investments – once they know pensions can be used in this way
 December 2023
The Pensions Age year in review often claims that the past year has been one of the busiest yet for the industry and 2023 is no different, as the industry was hit with wave after wave of consultations and measures. However, a number of initiatives have faced significant delays, with several updates still awaited as the industry prepares for the new year
 December 2023
As we come to the end of our year-long Pensions Age focus into pensions scams, we ask the industry’s views on the ‘wins’ that have been achieved in the fight against scams over the past year
 December 2023
Abigail Williams examines how well positioned and motivated UK pension schemes are to meet the new TNFD recommendations
 November 2023
Sandra Haurant provides an overview of the ETF market
 November 2023
Lynn Strongin Dodds explores how current market conditions are affecting real estate investment for pension schemes
 November 2023
LGIM Real Assets head of real estate research, Bill Page, considers where UK real estate may be heading after its current bout of repricing
 November 2023
Niamh Smith explores the strategies pension scheme managers and trustees can adopt to adeptly manage complaints, fostering a responsive and effective process to minimise risk
 November 2023
The road to retirement for many in the UK has changed since the reforms of 2015. But what has the impact of those reforms been on the default strategies used by DC funds?
 November 2023
Sam Meadows highlights the importance of starting retirement saving as early as possible
 November 2023
How do people in the UK feel about their finances? And how is the ongoing economic uncertainty affecting their plans for retirement? To find out, Standard Life surveyed the views of more than 6,000 people from all walks of life
 November 2023
One year on from her appointment as Pensions Minister, Laura Trott sits down with Pensions Age’s Sophie Smith to discuss her work so far and her priorities looking ahead
 November 2023
Francesca Fabrizi meets The Church of England Pensions Board chief executive, John Ball, and director of strategy and engagement, Natasha Gray, to hear about their successful efforts in delivering pension promises to over 42,000 members, while also being trailblazers in ESG
 November 2023
Jack Gray investigates the impact anti-scam regulations have had on pension transfers, how the industry has adjusted, and what the sector hopes will come out of the government’s review
 November 2023
David Adams looks at the DB pension consolidation options becoming available to schemes, and the reasons why regulators, the government and providers are getting involved in a growing market
 November 2023
For DB schemes considering consolidation it can be challenging to establish which solution is the best fit for your scheme. Jonathan Jackaman explores the options now available, for wherever you are on your endgame journey
 November 2023
With bulk annuity deals reaching record volumes at the same time as the Solvency II revisions will come into force, Laura Blows explores how much consideration DB schemes looking to buy out should give to these changes potentially increasing risk within the insurance sector
 November 2023
Maggie Williams looks at the variety of new and emerging risks for pension schemes
 November 2023
Aon’s Global Pension Risk Survey 2023/24 found that trustees face more complex risks than ever before. Prioritisation and planning are essential, says Matthew Arends, Head of UK Retirement Policy, Aon and Alastair McIntosh, Partner, Aon
 November 2923
The disastrous 2022 mini-Budget may be starting to seem like a distant memory – but the pensions industry is still feeling its effects
 November 2023
Sophie Smith reflects on recent political debates surrounding pensions policy, and whether political considerations could be holding the industry back
 November 2023
Will Scholes reflects on findings from a trip to China, and explores its changing trade relationships
 November 2023
Sandra Haurant explores how the role of UK equities has changed in pension scheme portfolios and whether they will make up a greater share of schemes’ asset allocations going forward
 October 2023
The technical, practical and regulatory demands faced by trustees have all increased in recent years. David Adams looks at the possible consequences of those changes for the recruitment and retention of both lay and professional trustees
 October 2023
Following the Chancellor’s Mansion House announcements on decumulation policy and the expansion of collective defined contribution (CDC) schemes in the UK, there seems to be mixed opinions as to what impact the introduction of CDC schemes will have. Pensions Age asks: Are you excited by the prospect of CDC?
 October 2023
To address the large number of deferred small DC pension pots, the government has proposed a framework for a multiple default consolidator model. This approach appears to have split industry opinion. We ask: Are you supportive of the government’s proposed solution?
 October 2023
As many DB schemes are now experiencing surpluses, Pensions Age asks the industry where they would like to see these distributed
 October 2023
Maggie Williams explores the legislative changes in the pipeline for the UK pensions industry
 October 2023
Shantel Okello looks back at her internship at the Pensions Policy Institute
 October 2023
Sam Meadows explores the importance of financial education at schools to improve peoples’ long-term savings prospects
 October 2023
Francesca Fabrizi meets Skanska Pension Fund trustee director and head of pensions, Mohsin Harhara; and chair of the trustee board and executive vice president, Harvey Francis, to discuss the pension fund’s dynamic journey in recent years
 October 2023
How well can AI take on the challenge of writing pensions comms to members?
 October 2023
The artificial intelligence boom has sent shockwaves through the financial services industry, but its impact has yet to be fully felt across the pensions sector, finds Beth Ure
 October 2023
Louise Farrand explores the new and varied ways scammers are trying to get hold of people’s pensions, and how the industry is responding to the challenge
 October 2023
Marek Handzel highlights what can schemes do to stand out from the crowd in the eyes of insurers
 October 2023
John Southall explains how schemes can best invest to meet their aims
 October 2023
Robert Wakefield speaks to Laura Blows about his ambitions for change during his time as president of the PMI
 October 2023
Samantha Chandler explains how checking data quality preparation can speed up the bulk annuity transaction process
 October 2023
Gill Wadsworth explores the current spate of consolidation within the master trust sector
 September 2023
Donna Walsh considers whether trustees should be worried about the impact of artificial intelligence on master trusts
 September 2023
Maggie Williams explores increasing governance workloads, and what the future holds, for pension scheme trustees
 September 2023
Sue Austen explains how to make good governance central to everything trustees do
 September 2023
PASA explains the nuances of pensions transfers and the challenges of comparing the times taken to do so, in response to recent claims that transfers take too long for savers
 September 2023
Matthew Swynnerton and Megan Sumpster discuss the court ruling on the BBC scheme’s amendment power
 September 2023
James Fouracre explains the new status quo for DC pension portfolios
 September 2023
Pension Protection Fund (PPF) CEO, Oliver Morley, chats with Sophie Smith about the lifeboat fund’s recent funding improvements, and the future role that the PPF could play in efforts to reshape the pensions universe
 September 2023
Laura Blows hears the industry’s opinions for and against private-sector DB schemes potentially having a resurgence in popularity with employers
 September 2023
Institute & Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) senior review actuary, David Gordon, reveals that actuaries don’t always articulate objectives to their corporate clients
 September 2023
Nora Stolz explains what impact the Female Forum’s recent industry network, The Pension Chapter, hopes to have, and its aim to foster strategic connections and industry collaboration within the UK pensions industry
 September 2023
Hoffman Reed’s Pensions Salary Guide 2023 considers what might be impacting the salaries of a range of pensions roles
 September 2023
Sam Meadows considers the power and influence the pensions industry has in the fight against climate change
 September 2023
Multi-asset funds, as the name suggests, are designed to hold a variety of different asset classes, including equities, bonds, real estate and more, finds Sandra Haurant
 September 2023
Earlier this year, Standard Life concluded an £80 million bulk purchase annuity transaction with the MGM Assurance Staff Pension Plan, with XPS Pensions Group acting as the lead adviser to the trustee. Francesca Fabrizi speaks to Standard Life senior business development manager, Rhian Littlewood, and XPS Pensions Group partner, Ash Williams, about the different stages of the transaction
 September 2023
The pensions industry is a key target for cyber criminals, so what can providers do to protect themselves and what should they do if they fall victim to a data breach?
 September 2023
In the latest Pensions Age focus on scams, David Adams looks at the extent and effectiveness of collaborative efforts, both within and beyond the pensions industry, to take the fight to the scammers
 September 2023
Sophie Smith looks at the stigma that can surround working while ill, and the support the pensions industry can provide staff during challenging times
 September 2023
The pensions sector remains the preserve of those from higher socio-economic backgrounds, despite equivalent professions working to improve greater diversity in recent years. However, efforts to attract, and retain, people from lower socio-economic backgrounds are starting to increase, finds Laura Blows
 September 2023
Gill Wadsworth reflects on the important role pension funds have in protecting biodiversity, and why it matters today and into the future
 July/August 2023
Sandra Haurant considers the growing appeal of social bonds and the role they can play within pension fund portfolios
 July/August 2023
Laura Blows considers why, and how, pension schemes should overcome concerns about sustainable investing within emerging markets, and how to factor ESG considerations within EM investments
 July/August 2023
As DB funding levels remain strong, Sophie Smith considers how employers and trustees can unlock the benefits of current surpluses and potentially boost DC savings
 July/August 2023
Laura Blows hears the devastating impact the Ark pensions scandal continues to have on Sue Flood, and how this experience has motivated her to work with the government and the pensions industry to become a ‘victims’ champion’
 July/August 2023
As the UK’s pensions dashboards project continues to slowly gestate, there are plenty of lessons to be learned from other countries, finds Maggie Williams
 July/August 2023
Pensions Dashboards Programme (PDP) principal, Chris Curry, sits down with Sophie Smith in the first interview since the dashboards reset to discuss the recent ministerial update and respond to industry concerns
 July/August 2023
Pensions Age asks the industry for its tips for tailoring pensions communications to neurodiverse people
 July/Agust 2023
West Yorkshire Pension Fund assistant director of finance, administration and governance, Yunus Gajra, reflects on how best to manage the challenges that come with administering billions of pounds of pension fund savings
 July/August 2023
Amid widespread protests, the French government has pushed through pension reforms, including a particularly unpopular increase in the state pension age. Jack Gray discusses the story so far
 July/August 2023
Jack Gray reports on the latest Global Pensions Assets Study and the findings that make for grim reading for the UK pension market
 July/August 2023
Can slow-moving DC reform finally catch up with financial reality and futureproof pension saving? Marek Handzel finds out
 July/August 2023
UK pension schemes may have felt a long way removed from the recent turmoil in US banking, but the knock-on effects have been felt much closer to home, Nick Reeve reports
 July/August 2023
ITM’s Andrew Lowe provides a guide for schemes to kickstart GMP equalisation
 July/August 2023
Abigail Williams explores how cashflow-driven investment strategies are used in pension portfolios and how this may be evolving
 June 2023
Jon Exley and Mike Burdett reveal how to unlock greater certainty with a unified investment approach
 June 2023
Following the LDI turmoil at the end of 2022, The Pensions Regulator has published new guidelines for LDI. We take a look at the role of LDI, and how its strategies have shifted in the wake of last year’s crisis
 June 2023
Jack Gray sits down with Pensions Policy Institute (PPI) head of policy research, Daniela Silcock, to explore the primary issues affecting the UK pensions landscape and the work the PPI is doing to help address these challenges
 June 2023
Moving to a new consultant/provider can be a challenging time. Therefore, Pensions Age looks at the optimal processes to implement before, during and after the move to ensure a smooth transition
 June 2023
As key persons within the management of pension schemes are worth their weight in gold, Pensions Age considers four important aspects to help retain staff – flexibility, communication, career progression and perks
 June 2023
With the ethnicity gender gap continuing to be an issue in the UK, Gill Wadsworth investigates what is being done and what steps can be taken to help close the gap
 June 2023
Deciding to move from a workplace scheme to a retail pension needs careful consideration, finds Maggie Williams
 June 2023
Pensions Age rounds up advice for how best to protect members against scams throughout the entire pensions-saving process
 June 2023
Amid the turmoil of 2022 and the growing regulatory burden on trustees, fiduciary management services for DB schemes continue to evolve. David Adams tracks developments in a growing and changing market
 June 2023
Aon’s William Parry explores why using an OCIO approach can help trustees achieve their investment goals
 June 2023
Matthew Swynnerton looks at the regulator’s expectations in relation to LDI following the 2022 crisis
 June 2023
How custodians have moved up the value chain and broadened the support and services they offer to pension schemes
 June 2023
The new macroeconomic reality could test the classic DC balanced portfolio to breaking point
 June 2023
Last year’s chaotic mini-Budget may have pushed UK pension schemes into surplus, but will it prompt them to seek buyouts with insurers? And if they do, what should they be considering?
 June 2023
Is it time for employers to look for something new from a pension scheme, to make sure it can give their members what they need throughout retirement?
 July-August 2023
The support that master trusts offer to members after they retire will become a crucial differentiator in the near future
 May 2023
Donna Walsh considers how to help more people save enough for a financially secure retirement
 May 2023
Lynn Strongin Dodds considers the role of fixed income within pension fund portfolios during the turbulent economic landscape
 May 2023
Derek Steeden and Paul Jackson consider how pension schemes’ investment portfolios can respond to the changing economic environment
 May 2023
Abigail Williams explores the effect of TCFD reporting on pension schemes
 May 2023
With the 2022 mini-Budget storm behind us, schemes with all types of funding arrangements must pay attention to their goals. Crises and threats to funds may emerge differently in future and there is a lot to learn from
 May 2023
In the autumn of 2022, the pensions market was rocked by the UK government’s mini-Budget. Now that the thunder has subsided, DB pension schemes are assessing ongoing risk – with some facing a difficult future
 May 2023
Recent years have seen an increase in merger and acquisition activity within the pensions industry, among both pension providers and service providers. David Adams considers whether more M&A will mean more progress or more problems
 May 2023
While a long-running debate seeks to compare and contrast passive and active investment strategies, both have an important role to play. We take a look at how these strategies work, how performance can be gauged, and why there is space for both in pension scheme portfolios
 May 2023
RSA UK&I director of reward and pensions, Philip Exact, and Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC) head of origination structuring, Uzma Nazir, sit down with Jack Gray to discuss the RSA pension schemes’ record-breaking £6.5 billion buy-in with PIC
 May 2023
Pensions Age asks the industry about the regulatory requirements to be managed in the creation of pensions dashboards
 May 2023
There are a number of ambitious plans set to transform both DB and DC pensions, yet progress for some has stalled. Gill Wadsworth explores how well the government and regulators are making their way through the processes required to achieve their goals
 May 2023
The rise in DC schemes moving into master trusts has been incredible in recent years. But what is driving that push and what should these schemes be looking at when preparing to move over?
 May 2023
As trustee boards tackle new legislation and prepare for more on the horizon, Niamh Smith explores how trustees are ensuring schemes comply with regulation, despite the ongoing pace of regulatory change
 May 2023
Following London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s requests for convicted murderer and former Met Police officer, Wayne Couzens’ pensions to be forfeited and for pension forfeiture rules to be strengthened, Matthew Swynnerton explains the current rules and regulations to be navigated in achieving these goals
 May 2023
Laura Blows speaks to British Patient Capital CEO, Catherine Lewis La Torre, about the increasing efforts to encourage UK pension schemes to invest in venture capital, an asset class not traditionally considered for their portfolios, and the role this investment could play in driving the UK’s economic growth
 May 2023
Should defined benefit scheme trustees and their sponsors award discretionary increases to pensioners? Maggie Williams explores the pros and cons
 May 2023
Two years on from the Work and Pensions Committee’s recommendations around HMRC’s tax treatment of pension scam victims, Sophie Smith looks at the slow progress made and renewed calls for action
 May 2023
Now that the pensions dashboards has been ‘reset’, Ross Milligan explains how best to use this extra time to prepare
 May 2023
Pension Scams Industry Group (PSIG) chair, Margaret Snowdon, discusses the launch of the group’s Interim Practitioner Guide and the next steps in the fight to combat pension scams
 April 2023
Although no one has claimed culpability for last year’s LDI liquidity crisis, the expectation of tighter regulation in a number of areas is doing its own job of dishing out indirect criticism
 April 2023
Zuhair Mohammed separates the fact from the fiction following the recent gilt crisis and considers what’s next for the future of LDI
 April 2023
Jack Gray sits down with MNOPF trustee chair, Rory Murphy, to discuss the scheme’s history, the process in deciding to move to a defined contribution master trust, and the recent switch from Ensign to Smart Pension
 April 2023
Matthew Swynnerton explains PSIG’s newly published Interim Practitioner Guide
 April 2023
Pension scheme providers are employing new methods of communications to educate their members of scamming risks, but further improvements are required to better protect retirement savings, finds Niamh Smith in our latest Pensions Age scams focus
 April 2023
Maggie Williams explores the emerging trend of financial incentives being offered to transfer a pension to a retail offering and what this may mean for the industry
 April 2023
Pensions Age examines the many recent reports of pensions undersaving across various segments of society
 April 2023
The success of auto-enrolment means the number of small, deferred DC pots will multiply quickly over the coming decades, creating financial and administrative hazards for pension savers, providers and employers. David Adams asks whether an old idea – pot follows member – might provide a solution
 April 2023
Sophie Smith chats to Work and Pensions Committee (WPC) chair, Stephen Timms, about the committee’s recent inquiries into saving for later life and its new focus on DB savings
 April 2023
Jack Gray discusses the DWP’s proposed value for money framework and the key role employers will play in driving VFM for members
 April 2023
Laura Blows looks back on the contrasting experiences within the fiduciary management industry following the 2022 LDI crisis
 April 2023
Sandra Haurant looks at the opportunities for pension funds to invest in infrastructure
 April 2023
Following recent calls for the government to require UK pension funds to support UK growth, the Budget announcement to support DC investment into “innovative UK companies” and to encourage LGPS funds to consider investments in illiquid assets, and the FCA granting regulatory approval for the UK’s first Long-Term Asset Fund, Pensions Age asks: What ‘moral or ethical duty’ should UK pensions funds have to support UK growth?
 April 2023
Sophie Smith takes a closer look at industry efforts to manage social investment factors, and how this could tie in with recent calls for pension schemes to invest more in the UK economy
 April 2023
Climate change, fair and equal pay, diversity and health are just some of the key issues on the agenda for investors this AGM season. Pensions Age asked two key bodies, ShareAction and the Investment Association, for their thoughts
 April 2023
A closer look at the recent changes to the NHS Pension Scheme, the impact of wider pension tax changes on the NHS, and the concerns that remain
 April 2023
Rosie Fantom looks at recent developments within the bulk annuity market
 April 2023
Former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Chloe Smith, considers how state pension age reform should be a profound debate
 April2023
Donna Walsh considers how to support members with rising costs and fulfilling The Pensions Regulator’s guidance
 18/04/2023
Donna Walsh considers how to support members with rising costs and fulfilling The Pensions
Regulator guidance
 April 2023
Sandra Haurant explores the investment opportunities in the dynamic world of emerging markets
 March 2023
Amid market uncertainty and rising inflation, Sophie Smith considers whether pension schemes’ focus on climate could be slipping, or whether a renewed focus could be on the horizon
 March 2023
WHSmith pensions manager, Stephen Tiley, shares his tips for maximising the effectiveness of member communication
 March 2023
The relationship between scheme advisers or consultants and trustees is at the heart of good scheme governance. Maggie Williams asks, are shifts in the consultant market and in the way that trustees work changing this partnership?
 March 2023
Laura Blows explores how administrators are facing up to the simultaneous pressures of special projects, such as preparing for dashboards and GMP equalisation, along with handling increasing numbers of buyouts and member enquiries, all while maintaining business as usual
 March 2023
The UK’s general lack of workplace pensions ownership continues to lead to low contributions, operational inefficiencies and a danger of a lost cohort of savers, finds Marek Handzel
 March 2023
With growing numbers of people likely to be saving in ‘to and through’ DC pensions during the decades ahead, the need to ensure access to useful guidance and – if appropriate – regulated advice at different points in peoples’ lives will become more important. David Adams looks at how support for DC savers could and should be improved in future
 March 2023
In the latest in Pensions Age’s scams focus, Laura Blows explores the psychological tricks used by scammers and the emotional impact of victims falling for such techniques
 March 2023
Jack Gray sits down with TPR CEO, Charles Counsell, to discuss the regulator’s priorities for the coming year, professional trustee authorisation and his plans for when he steps down from the role
 March 2023
Sophie Smith reflects on recent industry efforts to address the gender pensions gap and the policy reforms that could help bring the industry one step closer to equity
 March 2023
With the spring Budget this month, Pensions Age summarises recent pleas to the government to reform auto-enrolment, advice/guidance, tax relief and pension ages, and the debates these requests generated
 March 2023
Jess Pilz explains how the spotlight on ESG is shining as brightly as ever
 March 2023
Sandra Haurant investigates the role that cryptocurrency could play in pension investments and the reasons why it has been kept at arm’s length so far
 March 2023
Following the recent launch of the latest LGPS Legal Services Framework, Tom Dunstan talks to National LGPS Frameworks head of operational services and support, Leon Thorpe, about how this new framework is different and how it works in detail
 March 2023
As DB schemes assess their investment portfolios’ overall liquidity in the lingering aftermath of the LDI crisis, renewed attention is being paid to collateral waterfalls
 March 2023
With the cost-of-living crisis pushing some people to reduce or stop pension contributions, David Adams looks at the financial choices facing some pension savers and at how employers, trustees, the pensions industry and policymakers can help
 March 2023
Financial Services Compensation Scheme CEO, Caroline Rainbird, chats to Sophie Smith about the plans to review its compensation limit, the growing complexity of pension claims, and the key aims for the FSCS in 2023
 March 2023
Recent market volatility has boosted the appeal of annuities as a guaranteed source of retirement income. Maggie Williams explores whether the trend is set to last
 March 2023
Calls for tighter controls around professional trusteeship have resurfaced in recent months, but could stringent regulation create a new set of problems for the sector? Francesca Fabrizi explores
 March 2023
The latest in its year-long scams focus sees Pensions Age speak to Pension Scams Industry Group (PSIG) chair, Margaret Snowdon, about the group’s key priorities and new guidance, and the latest challenges in the fight against fraud
 March 2023
People’s Partnership COO, Jo Palmer, discusses how the industry can improve the inclusivity of pension schemes
 February 2023
Dale Critchley explores the challenges for trustees managing the money of savers in DC schemes
 January 2023
Julia Fox explains how to get buyout comms right the first time
 January 2023
Jonathan Watts-Lay looks at the challenges members may face in the year ahead, including
the increasing pressure from risings costs and how this may impact pension savings, as well as
the key considerations for members approaching retirement. With this in mind, he also outlines how schemes and employers can help members take the right course of action to optimise their retirement outcomes
 January 2023
Jon Exley, head of solution innovation at Schroders Solutions, considers whether it is time for defined benefit (DB) pension schemes to invest like an insurer
 January 2023
Sue Austen explains how to create an action plan for better governance
 January 2023
It’s time to rethink our current wasteful and unsustainable farming practices. As part of the
evolution towards a circular bio-economy, we need to replace toxic and inefficient methods that deplete nature in favour of regenerative agriculture, precision farming and nature-positive techniques, finds LOIM’s Alina Donets and Pascal Menges
 January 2023
Many UK companies opted for a master trust for the first time in 2012 to meet their auto-enrolment duties. A decade on, Standard Life head of master trust, Donna Walsh, says it may be time to conduct a pensions review
 January 2023
The extreme volatility in gilt yields in the second half of 2022 will force trustees to re-examine their hedging programmes. CDI has been found wanting
 January 2023
With the ever-constant regulatory change and uncertain economic landscape, trustees may be
feeling justifiably overwhelmed as they look out into 2023. Francesca Fabrizi explores
 January 2023
With an increased focus on ESG in both pensions investment strategies and the activities of underlying businesses in which funds are invested, greenwashing is not just an irritant but a real danger to schemes, members and trustees. David Adams reports on attempts to tackle the problem
 January 2023
Will new Solvency II proposals help insurers cope with the buyout big-bang of the next few years and invest in UK growth? Maggie Williams explores
 January 2023
As the new year starts, Tom Dunstan speaks to Association of Professional Pension Trustees (APPT) chair, Harus Rai, about the association’s goals for 2023, the challenges they envision facing, the reforms they would like to see occur and more
 January 2023
With work on auto-enrolment reforms again delayed, Sophie Smith considers whether AE reforms could be on the horizon for the year ahead, or whether this could be another failed New Year’s resolution
 January 2023
Concerns around a potential mis-selling issue have emerged as part of the inquiries around LDI, but in such a complex field, it can be hard to tell if this is a technicality, or a genuine concern for trustees. Sophie Smith reports
 January 2023
With almost everyone involved with liability-driven investments (LDI) getting caught out by the dramatic events following the September 2022 mini-Budget, what needs to be done to improve oversight of the investment strategy?
 January 2023
The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has emphasised that it will take action against those trustees who ignore employer-related investment rules. Sophie Smith considers the recent action taken by the regulator, and TPR’s expectations going forward
 January 2023
In light of the recent publication of a report by the Fabian Society, Tom Dunstan examines both the report’s contents and the industry’s reaction to it to understand what the political pensions landscape might look like under a Labour government
 January 2023
In the first of a regular series providing asset classes overviews, Sandra Haurant explores the latest developments within fixed income
 January 2023
In the first of Pensions Age’s year-long series on the subject of scams, Laura Blows explores the different types of pension scams, how the cost-of-living crisis may increase the prevalence of scams, and the impact of scams for both the member and the pensions industry
 January 2023
With deadlines set and standards emerging, attention is turning to ensuring pension providers and schemes are ready to provide data to dashboards from next year. Nick Reeve explores the progress so far and the hurdles still left to negotiate
 January 2023
After a year in which the word eventful feels like an understatement, it doesn’t seem like the pensions industry is going to get much respite in 2023. Jack Gray investigates the key themes for the coming year
 January 2023
Phil Brown looks back at an eventful 2022 and considers what’s in store for the year ahead
 January 2023
With DB funding levels having improved significantly over 2022, the issue of trapped surpluses has been exercising minds, but sponsors looking to claw back their capital may well end up being disappointed
 December 2022
With DB pension schemes’ funding levels continuing to improve, Maggie Williams investigates what this means for the buyout market
 December 2022
Laura Blows explores what capital-backed journey plans are and the role they could play within DB schemes’ end game strategies
 December 2022
Pensions Dashboards Programme (PDP) principal, Chris Curry, sits down with Jack Gray to discuss the programme’s progress on dashboards over the past year and what the next stages are
 December 2022
Abigail Williams considers climate-related issues across asset classes
 December 2022
LGIM is committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 across all assets under management. Here’s how we’re targeting this goal within different investment capabilities
 December 2022
After DWP research suggests employers are sticking with their pension provider because of the perceived costs and difficulties of switching, Andy Knaggs asks how member benefits can be kept at the forefront of considerations
 December 2022
Francesca Fabrizi speaks to Essex Pension Fund investment steering committee chairman, Councillor Susan Barker, and Stafford Capital Partners CEO, Angus Whiteley, about how timberland investment is helping the pension fund see attractive returns while making a positive impact
 December 2022
Collective DC (CDC) for accumulation is only in its infancy, yet already conversations are growing about the role it could have in the decumulation space. Laura Blows finds out why
 December 2022
Joanna Sharples explains how default investment strategies must evolve to meet members’ needs
 December 2022
With more schemes now in scope of TCFD reporting requirements, Pensions Age asks those who have been through the process how they found the experience
 December 2022
Sophie Smith reflects on Guy Opperman’s time as Pensions Minister and the key priorities that industry experts want to see the incoming Minister, Laura Trott, focus on
 December 2022
If there was one overriding theme of 2022, it might have been showing resilience in the face of adversity. Whilst it might have been the first full year post-pandemic, it was nevertheless a busy, and sometimes difficult, one for the pensions industry. Constant changes in government and new regulations occurred alongside industry cooperation and discussions on dashboards. Tom Dunstan looks back on an eventful year
 December 2022
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has overturned a potentially significant ruling made by the Employment Tribunal, which demonstrates the declining influence of EU law on domestic pension schemes and, perhaps, more widely
 December 2022
Patrick Heath-Lay reveals how B&CE, the provider of The People’s Pension, has changed its name to People’s Partnership
 December 2022
Technology is turning timber into a dynamic, rapidly growing industry
 December 2022
Jonathan Watts-Lay considers how the cost-of-living crisis may be affecting pension contributions
 December 2022
After Clara Pensions became the first UK superfund to gain TPR approval, Tom Dunstan examines the superfund landscape and provides an update on Clara’s first deal, the approval of other funds, and what superfunds might mean for the industry
 November 2022
Pension risk transfer (PRT) and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations have been subjects in the pensions landscape for years. But until now, the two have rarely become intertwined
 November 2022
Pooling internal pension and investment resources across countries can be advantageous for multi-national employers but it brings complex challenges, writes Stephanie Baxter
 November 2022
Gill Wadsworth considers the efforts being taken to reduce discrepancies between the regulation of contract-based and trust-based schemes
 November 2022
Following the launch of the cross-industry Pension Attention campaign, Sophie Smith considers the successes of past industry campaigns, and whether such campaigns could be enough to improve the industry’s reputation
 November 2022
Tom Dunstan speaks to Pasa board director, Gary Evans, about the association’s new defined contribution (DC) transfer guidance, what the guidance is, what its aims are, and how it was created
 November 2022
Disagreements within the pensions industry can drive progress and change, but infighting can also damage member trust when it spills into the public space, argues Sophie Smith
 November 2022
Jack Gray explores whether there has been an uptick in demand from DC schemes for private market investment and what barriers exist that are preventing increased allocations
 November 2022
Sandra Haurant looks at the role real estate investment can have in pension scheme portfolios and the impact of recent market turmoil on the asset class
 November 2022
In the aftermath of the recent LDI liquidity crisis, Laura Blows considers the reasons for this turmoil, the long-term changes it may instigate, and the lessons to be learnt
 November 2022
Francesca Fabrizi asks the SC Johnson ‘Pensions Lady’, Julie Thake, how, despite the challenges of today’s economic climate, the DC scheme continues to achieve impressive engagement and contribution rates
 November 2022
Despite the recent market volatility and uncertain political landscape, the Pensions Age Autumn Conference presenters kept a strong focus on bringing out the very best in UK pension provision
 November 2022
China’s burgeoning renewable energy industry offers strong growth prospects as the country sets ambitious net-zero targets
 November 2022
FTSE Russell’s Lee Clements explores how sustainability risks are now a key consideration within fixed income investment
 November 2022
Schemes can do plenty to help members save more, even without auto-enrolment minimum contribution increases, says Maggie Williams
 October 2022
With the cost of living rising, many lower paid workers aren’t only struggling to meet current financial obligations but may also miss out on the long-term benefits of a workplace pension as they make tough spending choices. Legal & General co-head of DC, Stuart Murphy, considers the reality for low-paid workers and how to close the gaps in pension support
 October 2022
Private debt as an asset class remains an important part of portfolios, despite the government-induced liquidity crisis. Georgie Lee explores
 October 2022
Geopolitical tensions and economic uncertainty are threatening market stability, yet many investors remain unprepared for the challenging times ahead. Private markets and private debt offer an attractive alternative for pension funds and institutional investors in general
 October 2022
Graham Matthews explains why the time is now for pension fund investors to explore green energy infrastructure
 October 2022
Why we believe the asset management sector must rethink its approach to sustainability if it is to succeed in helping companies realise a truly sustainable future
 October 2022
As the world of sustainable investing and ESG considerations continues to evolve, Pensions Age hears what may be in store for the future from industry bodies
 October 2022
Lynn Strongin Dodds investigates the opportunities trade finance presents as an asset class for pension schemes and other institutional investors
 October 2022
Trade finance provides an option for institutional investors seeking alternative sources of return, particularly given the recent volatility in fixed income markets. It has the potential to limit downside risk and provide a source of diversification
 October 2022
The vast quantities of personal data that pension schemes and their administrators hold present a tempting target for cyber criminals. David Adams looks at what administrators and trustees need to do to keep member data safe
 October 2022
With new retirement products increasingly under discussion, Tom Dunstan investigates the current at-retirement product landscape and the potential need for more flexible products
 October 2022
With social media’s influence on financial planning growing, Sophie Smith considers how the pensions industry can use the growing trend of ‘finfluencers’ to its advantage, and combat the misinformation being spread
 October 2022
Sophie Smith takes a closer look at how the Universities Superannuation Scheme measures up against the competition following its recent value for money report
 October 2022
ESG disasters or events are more scrutinised than ever, but can’t always be foreseen, as pension fund investors know all too well
 October 2022
Amid continued economic and political uncertainty, Jack Gray assesses private equity trends following the highs of 2021 and what opportunities the asset class presents for pension schemes
 October 2022
October 2022 marks 10 years since the introduction of auto-enrolment in the UK. Jack Gray looks at how the marketplace has changed, whether the policy has met its aims and how it may evolve over the next 10 years
 October 2022
Rupert Sheldon of Fiera Real Estate UK considers the role commercial real estate has to play in a pension fund portfolio during this current inflationary environment
 October 2022
Soaring inflation, rising interest rates and widespread labour strikes. Sound familiar? The UK currently feels eerily reminiscent of the 1970s. However, pension investors today have options not available 50 years ago
 October 2022
As the virtual world, known as the metaverse, continues to develop rapidly, Laura Blows explores what opportunities it may hold for the pensions industry
 October 2022
Mark Condron considers the role master trusts have to play in the success of auto-enrolment
 October 2022
In an otherwise ugly environment for bond issuers and investors, the future for emerging market debt looks unquestionably green
 October 2022
Matt Richards provides an update on the bulk purchase annuities market
 October 2022
Dawid Konotey-Ahulu is co-founder at Redington, Mallowstreet and 10000BlackInterns. He began his career as a barrister and then became an investment banker, before, in 2006, moving over to advising large institutional pension funds and insurance companies
 September 2022
Roger Cobley has had a long career in pensions in many different roles, including chairman of Stamford Associates, president of the PMI and chairman of the Independent Pension Trustee Group
 September 2022
Geraldine Brassett chairs the industry-wide GMP Equalisation Working Group and the PASA GMP guidance working group, as well as being a member of the PASA Pensions Dashboard Working Group. She is currently client relationship director within Capita’s Pension Pillar
 September 2022
Robert Branagh is CEO for the London Pension Fund Authority. He has worked for trustee, not-for-profit, private-equity owned, and insurance businesses over the past 30 years. He has also managed the back office or pension functions for several pension schemes and been appointed to the board of The Pensions Ombudsman
 September 2022
Schemes are increasingly turning to impact investment strategies to deliver outcomes for members and society as a whole
 September 2022
AXA Investment Managers global head of pensions, Rachel Basarab-Horwath, looks at how pension trustees can deliver real, positive impacts for society and the environment while meeting their scheme’s strategic financial objectives
 September 2022
Abigail Williams explores how pension funds are increasing their investments to natural capital
 September 2022
Vishal Hindocha explains now is the right time for pension schemes to consider natural capital within its ESG considerations
 September 2022
With the rapid growth in funding ratios over the past year, an increasing number of UK defined benefit (DB) pension schemes have been contemplating their investment approach
for the endgame – the point at which a plan moves from being underfunded to being fully funded or even having a surplus
 September 2022
The UK pensions industry is on the cusp of one of the biggest advancements it has ever experienced. After years of deliberation and consultation, pensions dashboards are finally set to become a reality in 2023. But is the market ready?
 September 2022
Matthew Swynnerton looks at some recent developments in relation to pensions dashboards
 September 2022
Evgenia Molotova, senior investment management at Pictet Asset Management and manager of Pictet Positive Change, an impact equity strategy with a difference, explains how her experience in industries not usually associated with impact investing was the source of inspiration for the strategy
 September 2022
Smart Pension was founded in the UK to challenge traditional practices through a significant
technology advantage. Smart UK CEO, Jamie Fiveash, talks about how Smart Pension is transforming workplace pensions, as it continues its commitment to the UK market and UK savers
 September 2022
Jonathan Watts-Lay highlights the actions trustees and employers can take to help people avoid falling victim to pension scams
 September 2022
Zoe Plowman explores developments within pension scheme auditing
 September 2022
Sandra Haurant looks at the latest developments in the bond market and what this means for pension fund portfolios
 September 2022
The Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) has been working hard to improve its technology, communication, value for money for its members and ESG – and has seen solid results. Its director of pensions, Sandra Stewart, tells Francesca Fabrizi what has driven those changes and what is next for the fund
 September 2022
Increasing numbers of schemes are set to chase net-zero goals, but their pursuit is far from straightforward
 September 2022
Laura Blows explores how the menopause can negatively impact women’s retirement savings and the efforts employers can take to improve this situation
 September 2022
Maggie Williams considers what the industry can do to improve people’s financial wellbeing, particularly during this cost-of-living crisis
 September 2022
Pensions Age takes a look at some of the industry figures driving the pensions industry forward in key areas, such as the fight against pension scams and the development of pensions dashboards
 September 2022
Few things are as important to pension scheme member outcomes as the relationships between trustees and the scheme’s service providers and specialist advisers. David Adams looks at steps trustees can take to ensure the scheme gets the most out of them
 September 2022
TPR’s updated single code of practice is due to come into force in the autumn. Jack Gray looks at the new requirements, how they will impact the day-to-day governance operations of schemes and what trustees need to prioritise
 September 2022
Tom Dunstan talks to new PMI president, Sara Cook, about her appointment, her ambitions for the position, and her opinions on the cost-of-living crisis and its effect on the pensions industry
 September 2022
Jack Gray investigates the ongoing crisis affecting the NHS as senior staff continue to retire early or scale back their working hours due to pension tax charges
 September 2022
Sophie Smith takes a closer look at the latest pensions dashboard updates and the steps that pension scheme trustees should be taking to ensure they are prepared
 September 2022
The pensions industry has moved increasingly to digitalised communications in recent years. But does this shift risk leaving behind the less digitally savvy?
 July-August 2022
Sandra Haurant explores the changing nature of sustainable investing
 July-August 2022
The government wants local authority pension funds to support local social and infrastructure investments through a significant uptick in allocations. Across much of the LGPS, this is far from a new concept
 July-August 2022
The Aviva Staff Pension Scheme recently embarked on a new journey aimed at meeting both the investment needs of its members and helping achieve the trustee’s ambitious ESG goals. Pensions investment director, Steven Catchpole, tells Francesca Fabrizi about the steps it took to get to where it is today
 July-August 2022
A round-up of the latest happenings in key pensions markets across the world
 Juy-August 2022
Laura Blows looks at the size of the pension market worldwide and how its asset allocations are changing
 July-August 2022
Maggie Williams explores the difference between men and women’s pension pot size at retirement and the efforts the pensions industry can take to shrink the gap
 July-August 2022
With woefully inadequate private sector DC contributions and increasingly unaffordable unfunded public sector provision, is the UK’s pension system teetering on the
brink of disaster?
 July-August 2022
TPR allowed sponsors to defer deficit recovery contributions (DRCs) as a short-term measure to ease the financial pressures created by the Covid-19 crisis. Two years
on and new challenges mean deferrals may still be required, finds Gill Wadsworth
 July-August 2022
Consumers are having to make tough decisions as rising inflation and economic hardship bite. Andy Knaggs finds out how the pensions sector will be impacted and how it can
respond
 July-August 2022
Tom Dunstan talks with the ACA’s new chair, Steven Taylor, about his plans for the role and the challenges actuaries should meet
 July-August 2022
Jonathan Watts-Lay explores the concerns trustees have for their members
 July-August 2022
Catching up with the pensions world post-Covid-19, speakers considered the recent progress made and the work still needed
 July-August 2022
The industry has been striving for years to engage members with their pensions, but it’s important to take the right approach, or risk pushing members away, argues Maggie Williams
 June 2022
The pensions industry has taken large steps towards making itself more diverse and inclusive. But progress has been slow. Marek Handzel asks if this is set to change any time soon
 June 2022
In an ever-more digital and mobile-enabled world, it makes sense for pension providers, schemes and sponsoring employers to use these technologies to improve saver/member engagement. But are the investments being made in these technologies achieving
the desired results and ensuring more people have better retirement incomes? David Adams investigates
 June 2022
Jack Gray investigates how the pensions industry can utilise younger people’s interest in ESG-related issues to increase their engagement with their pensions
 June 2022
With stock markets in turmoil and bond yields depleting, some pension funds are looking at trade finance as an alternative for diversification, writes Christopher Marchant
 June 2022
Trade finance needs are rising, driven by recent supply chain disruptions and a tightening of bank funding
 June 2022
Following the announcement of the PLSA and ABI’s cross industry engagement campaign earlier in the year, Tom Dunstan investigates its details, aims and methodology
 June 2022
CSM Limited (UK) Pension Scheme trustee and 20-20 Trustees trustee director, Becky Wood, discusses the scheme’s recent buy-in with Just Group, its plan to eventually secure a buyout, and the key factors in successfully completing a (relatively) small scheme de-risking deal
 June 2022
Georgie Lee looks at the role fixed income can play today, given the current environment
 June 2022
There is always a lot on trustees’ agendas. Funding levels, covenant risk, ESG issues, endgame planning and more are undoubtedly keeping schemes busy. But is fixed income
asset allocation opportunity on the agenda?
 June 2022
Delighted to have taken on the role of managing director at Capital Cranfield, Harus Rai tells Francesca Fabrizi how he went from his cricketing dreams to working in pensions
 June 2022
Faced with higher inflation, hawkish central banks and record low bond yields, DC investors face a dilemma when selecting effective diversifiers that reduce portfolio volatility and enhance risk adjusted returns of members. But a new white paper suggests how an allocation to gold could play a supportive role in DC
 June 2022
The topics of ESG and sustainability are dominating pension agendas for all the right reasons, but are pension schemes coping with the overwhelming amount of pressure this is putting on them? Francesca Fabrizi asks
 June 2022
Ahead of his retirement, Aries Insight co-founder, Ian Neale, sits down with Sophie Smith to discuss his more than 30 years in the pensions Industry
 June 2022
Following a number of high-profile disputes, Sophie Smith explores how pension scheme trustees, sponsoring employers and unions can work together in the interest of members
 June 2022
What does the path to $5 trillion look like for bond ETFs?
 June 2022
We examine the urgent need for greater consistency and definitive guidelines when assessing sustainable investments
 June 2022
Matthew Swynnerton comments on a consultation relating to several key issues facing pension schemes today
 June 2022
An active multi asset approach offers investors the flexibility to adjust to changing inflation dynamics and generate positive real returns
 June 2022
Tom Dunstan examines the debate around the establishment of a pension commission and the current possibility of it happening
 May 2022
Following the McCloud ruling, Gill Wadsworth looks at the latest developments for public sector pensions
 May 2022
A spokesperson from the National Employment Savings Trust (Nest) speaks to Jack Gray about the action the scheme took following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the assets it held and sought to divest from, and the challenges the scheme faced in reducing its exposure to Russian assets
 May 2022
Maggie Williams explores the take up of deficit recovery contribution breaks to help sponsors during the pandemic, and the new macro pressures employers face now with making pension payments
 May 2022
With the Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR) warning that living standards are set to fall at the fastest annual rate since 1956, our industry faces a fork in the road, writes Alison Hatcher, CEO of HSBC Tomorrow Master Trust. Given the parallel challenge of an impending pensions crisis, she adds, it’s time to act today
 May 2022
Sophie Moore and Richard Cook consider what employers and trustees can do to help members make the best choices with their retirement savings
 May 2022
As the DC pensions market continues to grow, Sophie Smith considers the challenges that the industry should be considering when looking to build a strong base for future generations
 May 2022
With 2022’s AGM season now underway, Natalie Tuck looks at the key issues important to investors this year
 May 2022
Sophie Smith talks to Taskforce on NatureRelated Financial Disclosures (TNFD) co-chair, David Craig, about the group’s new beta framework and what steps pension schemes should be taking
 May 2022
David Adams asks if the high profile of ESG offers pension schemes an opportunity to improve member engagement, benefitting schemes and members – as well as the environment and society
 May 2022
Mixing younger savers with environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues conjures images of protest, divestment and social action. The reality is more complicated. We explore what happens when ESG imperatives and well-known brands come into conflict
 May 2022
As the GMP conversion bill has completed its journey through parliament, trustees are navigating technicalities to implement solutions for members
 May 2022
The state pension has been in the spotlight as the cost of living rises and inflation soars. Jack Gray analyses the recent developments and their potential impact on workplace savings
 May 2022
Grant Stanley questions whether the industry is utilising new technologies to empower data strategies
 May 2022
David Sack highlights the case for adding US Treasuries to a portfolio’s allocation
 May 2022
Fixed income markets have become increasingly volatile, a trend that looks set to continue. Investors need to adapt themselves
 May 2022
The gender pensions gap remains a concern, with the pandemic exacerbating underlying issues and calls for policy changes growing. Sophie Smith reports
 April 2022
Cryptocurrencies are attracting North American institutional investor capital. But is it time for UK pension funds to make an allocation to this speculative asset class?
 April 2022
The North East Scotland Pension Fund (NESPF) has had a busy two years, to include the continued integration of ESG within its successful investment strategy, a rebrand, a new website, an administration review and a buy-in. Pension fund manager, Laura Colliss, tells Francesca Fabrizi what all this has meant for the fund
 April 2022
Francesca Fabrizi looks at why investing in illiquid assets should be on pension funds’ radars more than ever and what the asset class can offer schemes given today’s economic environment
 April 2022
Gill Wadsworth considers how the strength of its employer covenant may influence a pension scheme’s sustainable investing appetite
 April 2022
In just five years an aggregate deficit for the UK’s DB schemes of £700 billion has become a surplus of £40 billion. David Adams finds out why; and considers what scheme trustees and sponsors can do to make the most of a wonderful opportunity
 April 2022
Robert O’Connor investigates how scheme consolidation trends (both DC and DB) may affect investment options, attract talent, reassure the regulator and serve their members
 April 2022
Financial Reporting Council (FRC) head of stewardship, Claudia Chapman, speaks to Jack Gray about the organisation’s UK Stewardship Code and why it is important for pension schemes to sign up
 April 2022
Marek Handzel explores the difficulties of ensuring DC schemes’ value for money assessments will truly generate the best results for members
 April 2022
Rita Butler-Jones provides a four-step checklist to help DC schemes carrying out value for money assessments
 April 2022
Annuities were once the only option for most retirees with a DC pot but in a post-pension freedom world, data is beginning to suggest their role in the decumulation phase is largely reserved for the second half
 April 2022
Jack Gray investigates pension providers’ and regulators’ increased focus on DC retirement outcomes
 April 2022
Jack Gray investigates pension providers’ and regulators’ increased focus on DC retirement outcomes
 April 2022
Following the industry victory to include paid-for advertising in the Online Safety Bill, Sophie Smith considers what this will mean for savers and the work that is still needed to protect members from bad actors in an increasingly digital world
 April 2022
The UK pensions industry is on the cusp of one of the biggest advancements it has ever experienced. After years of deliberation and consultation, pensions dashboards are finally set to become a reality in 2023. But is the market ready?
 22/08/2022
Open finance has garnered interest from the FCA and it could pave the way for far-reaching industry changes which, experts believe, would reap rewards for consumers
 March 2022
Laura Blows explores asset allocation trends within DB scheme portfolios
 March 2022
Abigail Williams considers how ESG considerations are being incorporated into pension funds’ fixed-income allocations
 March 2022
Scott Freedman outlines Newton’s thoughts on the prospects for global fixed-income markets and the crucial part that bond markets are likely to play in the transition to a low-carbon economy
 March 2022
Sophie Smith takes a closer look at the events that led to recent court judgments on the Pension Protection Fund, and the progress that made so far in implementing the necessary changes
 March 2022
Tom Dunstan talks to Pensions Ombudsman and Pension Protection Fund Ombudsman Anthony Arter about the new Pensions Dishonesty Unit and other recent developments for TPO
 March 2022
The change to the statutory transfer regime, enabling trustees to prevent a transfer if red flags occur, has been celebrated as another weapon in the fight against scams, but it does also create a number of issues for trustees to navigate, reveal Nicholas Laird and Sruti Banerjee
 March 2022
Gill Wadsworth considers the many pitfalls retirees may inadvertently fall into when drawing down their pension savings and how the industry can help them avoid the risks
 March 2022
The regulator’s new tougher powers and what they mean for those investigated
 March 2022
Even before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, many vulnerable people were already struggling to engage with financial services. How can schemes help them for the future, asks Maggie Williams
 March 2022
Jack Gray examines the Private Member’s Bill currently making its way through parliament that aims to clarify and streamline the GMP conversion process for pension schemes
 March 2022
Judith Hetherington explores the findings of Crowe’s fifth Governance and Risk Management Report
 March 2022
Matthew Swynnerton looks at the new DWP stronger nudge to pensions guidance requirements for trustees of occupational pension schemes
 March 2022
Jon Cunliffe explores the balance between investing socially and maximising risk-adjusted returns
 March 2022
Jonathan Watts-Lay explains why pension engagement is crucial for prosperity in retirement
 March 2022
Sophie Moore and Richard Cook consider how to support DC members in their retirement decisions
 March 2022
The impact on our health of living longer should be making pension schemes sit up and rethink their digital offer
 March 2022
Ensuring individuals make the most of their pension money often does not just improve their quality of life in a financial sense, but in an emotional way too. Pensions Age asked for your memorable stories of helping savers make the best choices with their retirement savings
 February 2022
Pension schemes have shredded their home bias to expand their horizons to global opportunities. But as the UK looks to build back better, Sophie Smith considers whether some schemes could be tempted closer to home
 February 2022
As trustees prepare for a judicial review into changing inflation indexes, understanding the broader implications is key for trustees and members alike
 February 2022
Macmillan Cancer Support Pension Scheme adviser, Emma Moscrop, meets Francesca Fabrizi to discuss how hard work and commitment by the scheme, its trustees and its advisers have led to governance, funding and communications success
 February 2022
The E in ESG dominates discussion of the concept – unsurprisingly, given the urgency of the climate crisis. But to what extent are pension schemes also seeking to improve their performance on the S and the G? David Adams investigates
 February 2022
LGIM Head of Sustainability Solutions, Caroline Ramscar, discusses with Pensions Age how LGIM can help trustees meet their ESG and sustainability investment objectives for 2022 and beyond
 February 2022
PPI research associate, Anna Brain, talks to Tom Dunstan about the PPI’s new research framework
 February 2022
While the DWP’s recent dashboard staging dates announcement drives up scheme preparation, the PDP is hard at work alpha testing with its chosen providers. Laura Blows finds out more
 February 2022
Maggie Williams explores the growing interest and efforts made to improve diversity, equity and inclusion, both within the industry and when catering to savers
 February 2022
Jack Gray speaks to Keller Lenkner investment and fraud mis-selling group technical director, Ben Rees, about the law firm’s work with ex-military personnel who fell victim to a pension mis-selling scheme
 February 2022
Jack Gray discusses remote workers’ appetites for increasing pension contributions with money saved by working from home
 February 2022
Jon Cunliffe highlights the importance of maintaining a default fund that best serves the needs of its members
 February 2022
Pete Carvill explores how pension schemes can use a mix of LDI and CDI strategies
 January 2022
As the number of pension schemes and providers committing to net zero grows, Sophie Smith looks at whether this will be a real catalyst for change, or whether these promises will be easily made, and easily broken
 January 2022
Jonathan Hazlett and Alicia Cain provide their top five actions for pension scheme trustees to get ready for pensions dashboards
 January 2022
The Pensions Regulator (TPR) director of enforcement, Erica Carroll, speaks to Jack Gray about the regulator’s use of anti-avoidance powers after the Silentnight Group’s DB pension scheme was severed from its sponsoring employers’ business by a pre-pack administration
 January 2022
With auto-enrolment resulting in millions of new pension scheme members, ensuring that the public has the basic skills and confidence to manage their pension is a responsibility for educators and the industry alike
 January 2022
SPP president, James Riley, speaks to Laura Blows about the industry’s challenges for the year ahead
 January 2022
Laura Blows explores the benefits and practicalities of implementing regular trustee board effectiveness reviews
 January 2022
A recent global pension index has seen the UK’s pension system move up the rankings to take ninth place. While this is something to celebrate, the UK still has a lot of work to do to reach the top. Natalie Tuck reports
 January 2022
Sophie Dapin explores transitioning to net zero through fiduciary management
 January 2022
If retirement planning brings lots of benefits, why are many of us still not doing it?
 January 2022
Jonathan Watts-Lay considers how to improve retirement outcomes in the year ahead and beyond
 January 2022
As the global economy pivots to net zero, long-term investing has become yet more challenging. Scale matters – and Aviva, a whole of market de-risking provider – can help schemes of all sizes achieve long-term sustainable outcomes
 January 2022
Trustees face increasing pressure to conform with ever-changing ESG and climate reporting requirements and demand from members. Consequently, DB and DC schemes embrace ESG-aligned benchmarks with enthusiasm, but does investing via low carbon indices go far enough?
 January 2022
What will be the big issues for pension trustees in the coming year? Pensions Age spoke to a range of companies and industry bodies to gain some insight into the challenges and the hopes
 January 2022
Jack Gray analyses the number of new regulations and consultations pension scheme trustees are having to contend with, and discusses how they can keep up with the increased workload and responsibility
 January 2022
With an eventful 2021 behind us, bringing with it a swathe of new regulations and consultations, 2022 is already shaping up to offer more of the same. Francesca Fabrizi reflects on some key themes for the coming year
 January 2022
Martin Bird takes us through the findings of Aon’s 2022 risk settlement survey
 July-August 2022
Phil Brown explains why pension providers should focus on scheme costs, even if members don’t
 July-August 2022
By offering increased opportunities for engagement, master trusts can help members get more from their pension whilst also growing their AUM
 July-August 2022
Jane Marshall looks at the lasting impact of the Maxwell pensions scandal, 30 years on from his death
 December 2021
Are Investment Pathways working? Andy Knaggs speaks to pension providers to gauge the early response levels and experience of the new ‘ready-made’ pension investment options
 December 2021
As a buyout is increasingly the end goal for DB schemes, Maggie Williams explores the capacity of this market to meet demand
 December 2021
Schneider Electric pension manager, Jerry Gandhi, and pensions administration manager, Richard Taylor, tell Francesca Fabrizi about the DC scheme’s recent move to a master trust, and the positive changes it has meant for the scheme going forward
 December 2021
Abigail Williams explores how pension funds are incorporating ESG into their infrastructure investment considerations
 December 2021
UBS head of infrastructure equity Europe, Bronte Somes, and head of infrastructure research and strategy, Declan O’Brien, discuss with Pensions Age ESG’s impact on
infrastructure investing
 December 2021
Pensions Management Institute (PMI) director of policy and external affairs, Tim Middleton, looks back at the biggest issues of 2021 and how industry training can help pension providers tackle these challenges
 December 2021
Trusteeship has become more complex and demanding in recent years. Amid worrying signs that more current and prospective trustees are deciding not to serve in the role, David Adams asks if the professional trustee industry can help to meet growing demand and considers what else can be done to ensure a steady supply of new trustees are able to deliver effective scheme governance
 December 2021
As consumers demand entertaining communication from retailers, restaurants and social media, pensions providers need to raise their game
 December 2021
Marliane Owen explains the importance of creating a personal connection with pension comms, even in a digital world
 December 2021
Lockdowns have been the tipping point for the pensions industry to finally embrace digital comms to members, but technological adoption will not spell the death knell for traditional comms just yet
 December 2021
Pete Carvill explores the investment priorities of DB schemes as they approach their endgame
 December 2021
2021 may be remembered as one of the most transformational years in history for the sector. Recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic was pursued alongside a barrage of new regulations and consultations, with the industry never being more active in communicating and cooperating with the government and regulators. Jack Gray looks back on a hectic year
 December 2021
The government recently confirmed its finalised framework for the Long-term Asset Fund, although industry concerns persist around the charges and potential delays for members. Sophie Smith reports
 December 2021
Crowe’s Judith Hetherington explores how fraud and cybercrime continue to affect pension schemes
 December 2021
A look back on the complexities surrounding the NMPA increase
 December 2021
Jon Cunliffe explains why default funds must be at the heart of any climate change strategy
 December 2021
The government has proposed a solution to resolving the tax relief issue for low earners in
net-pay pension scheme arrangements, but is the proposed method sufficient? Natalie Tuck reports
 December 2021
Matthew Swynnerton, who is a member of the Pension Scams Industry Group (PSIG), looks at the new requirements for statutory transfers under the Conditions for Transfer Regulations
 December 2021
The DWP has committed to rectifying issues around underpaid state pensions
by 2023, Sophie Smith looks at the progress so far
 December 2021
Rupert Kotowski considers how long-term goals are shaping DB schemes’ investment strategies
 December 2021
As concerns over the growing problem of lost pension pots continue, Sophie Smith explores what is being done to address this issue and protect member savings
 December 2021
Pension scheme trustees are increasingly aware of the impact that climate change could have on their portfolios – but they need more and better-quality data to support
meaningful action
 December 2021
BlackRock considers the benefits of international diversification within private market investment
 December 2021
From Netflix subscriptions to annual holidays abroad, Natalie Tuck looks at what retirees need to save to be able to afford life’s luxuries based on the PLSA’s updated
Retirement Living Standards
 December 2021
While bonds will suffer as rates rise, equities should deliver decent single digit gains as strong corporate profits offset a decline in stocks’ earnings multiples
 December 2021
Thomas Hohne-Sparborth debunks seven misconceptions about scope 3 emissions
 December 2021
Robert O’Connor looks at a muted industry response to government’s long-term care initiative
 November 2021
How can pension trustee boards maintain positive professional relationships?
 November 2021
With the government consultation now concluded, the industry has broadly welcomed the proposed reforms for public sector pensions. However, concerns remain about how effective these measures will be
 November 2021
Pension Protection Fund (PPF) CEO, Oliver Morley, and CFO, Lisa McCrory, sit down with Sophie Smith to discuss the lifeboat’s latest annual accounts and funding position, and the steps it is taking to ensure members remain protected
 November 2021
Rising inflation and a wider range of products has created new trends in the world of fixed income investing in pension funds, and its role is likely to change in the future
 November 2021
Janus Henderson Investors global head of fixed income, Jim Cielinski, speaks to Pensions Age about trends in the fixed income market
 November 2021
Pensions Minister, Guy Opperman, wants to shake up pension engagement through his proposed statement season, but will it stir up problems for the industry?
 November 2021
Kingfisher Pension Scheme chair of trustees and BESTrustees trustee executive, Clive Gilchrist, talks to Jack Gray about the scheme’s recent £900 million buy-in with Aviva, how previous deals helped with the process, and how those involved adapted amid the Covid-19 pandemic
 November 2021
Maggie Williams considers whether DB schemes are obtaining the optimal mix of liquid and illiquid assets
 November 2021
Abigail Williams explores the level of trustee training and education around ESG issues
 November 2021
Michelle Scrimgeour explores how asset managers have to adapt to the evolving responsible investment regulations and changing client views
 November 2021
At the latest PLSA Annual Conference, one of the key items on the agenda was addressing the proliferation of small, deferred pension pots. Jack Gray provides a roundup of the session, looking at the scale of the issue, the work done by the Small Pots Cross-Industry Co-ordination Group so far, and the potential solutions
 November 2021
Mahdi Mokrane and Marcelo Cajias explain why a city-focused approach is vital for investing in the European residential sector
 November 2021
As union members make their voices heard in ballot action, Sophie Smith looks at the
tensions surrounding the Universities Superannuation Scheme over the past year
 November 2021
Amid continued focus on the value of consolidation, Sophie Smith takes a closer look at the recent progress made on introducing DB superfunds to the pensions industry and the alternatives that are already waiting in the wings
 November 2021
Rarely have emerging economies been subject to such powerful and conflicting forces. The result is a considerable dispersion in opportunities for investors
 November 2021
Customers are used to Uber and their pizza deliveries keeping them regularly informed and
updated. They deserve the same service from their pension providers
 November 2021
Highlights from BlackRock’s latest research paper on the practical implications of moving from climate pledges to practice for multi-asset investors
 November 2021
As the race to net-zero accelerates, investors need to act urgently
 November 2021
Phil Taylor explores what small, trust-based schemes should consider when moving into a
master trust arrangement
 November 2021
John Baines and Alastair McIntosh explore how, for the first time ever, more schemes are targeting buyout than self-sufficiency
 November 2021
David Sack highlights the case for adding US Treasuries to a portfolio’s allocation.
 May 2022
Fixed income markets have become increasingly volatile, a trend that looks set to continue. Investors need to adapt themselves.
 May 2022
Phil Brown explores the need to increase pension saving, despite the success of auto-enrolment, and how this could be achieved
 April 2022
When it comes to responsible investment strategies, sovereign bonds have so far largely been overlooked. We believe that needs to change
 April 2022
Clare Freeman and Steven Leigh explore the work DC schemes can do to help members achieve adequate retirement outcomes
 April 2022
Standard Life defined benefit solutions senior business development manager, Kieran Mistry,
speaks to Pensions Age about bulk purchase annuity market trends and how schemes can attract insurers’ attention
 April 2022
Laura Blows explores how the separate worlds of ethical investing and Islamic finance are starting to converge
 April 2022
Pension funds increasingly recognise gold's diversification potential
 April 2022
This year is predicted to be the biggest ever for the pension risk settlement market. Jack Gray investigates the factors that could drive the forecast increased activity and whether insurers have the capacity to meet scheme demand
 March 2022
Sophie Moore and Richard Cook consider how to support DC members in their retirement decisions
 March 2021
Rhian Littlewood looks back at Phoenix Group’s first year of its bulk purchase annuity (BPA) business rebrand to Standard Life and reveals its plans for the coming year
 February 2022
John Baines and Alastair McIntosh explore how, for the first time ever, more schemes are targeting buyout than self-sufficiency
 November 2021
Government data has raised concerns that pensioner poverty is on the rise, with past progress at risk of heading into reverse. Sophie Smith takes a closer look at the growing inequalities and what can be done to help savers avoid spending their golden years in poverty
 October 2021
What consequences has the pandemic had for private sector DB pension schemes, in terms of longevity risks, funding, investment strategy and progress towards an endgame? David Adams investigates
 October 2021
In the current low-interest rate environment, emerging market debt is seen as one of the few places investors can still generate attractive returns. Natalie Tuck reports
 October 2021
MetLife Investment Management (MIM) portfolio manager of emerging market debt (EMD), Scott Moses, speaks to Pensions Age about the latest trends within EMD and the opportunities these can provide for pension fund investors
 October 2021
Jack Gray speaks to BESTrustees trustee executive, Lisa Mundy, about the Qinetiq Pension Scheme’s £130 million buy-in with L&G Assurance Society and what it was like transacting during the Covid-19 pandemic
 October 2021
Spotting short-term investment opportunities can be a valuable tactic in a trustee’s armoury, but how can this be effectively combined into a long-term investment strategy?
 October 2021
Building robust sustainable investment approaches needs collaboration between trustees, consultants, asset managers and the wider industry says Maggie Williams
 October 2021
We believe that the journey towards sustainability is inherently a collaborative one and that we can have far more impact through engaging with the companies we consider investing in
 October 2021
Francesca Fabrizi looks at how e-administration is developing in the pensions space, who is leading the way and why it’s essential that schemes and administrators don’t fall behind
 October 2021
Jack Gray investigates why young people may have a lower risk appetite than previous generations and what the industry can do to improve their understanding of the risk/reward balance
 October 2021
Bad decisions or no decisions at all – there are many reasons why savers don’t take an active role in managing their pension pots. Andy Knaggs hears how the sector is trying to tackle the situation
 October 2021
Rita Butler-Jones considers the impact the 25 per cent tax-free lump sum at retirement has had on pensioner spending
 October 2021
Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) incoming chair, Emma Douglas, chats with Sophie Smith about her objectives heading into the role and how the pensions industry will look forward to a post-pandemic world
 October 2021
A raft of new regulations come into force in October, including new powers for The Pensions Regulator (TPR), DC governance changes and updated climate change regulations. Pensions Age has therefore asked the industry about what professionals need to be most prepared for and which changes could be the most challenging to address
 October 2021
Royal London Asset Management (RLAM) senior fund manager, Rachid Semaoune, chats with Duncan Ferris about the firm’s new Global Sustainable Credit Fund and how in-house processes help to ensure high sustainability standards are met
 October 2021
Christoph Schumacher reveals how investments in real assets can be a key part of sustainable and responsible investing
 October 2021
Rebecca White highlights the importance of biodiversity
 October 2021
Dr Michael A. Ridley highlights the important role of natural capital in reducing CO2 emissions and the benefits it can provide for investors
 October 2021
Lynn Strongin Dodds explores the many recent developments within sustainable investing
 October 2021
Sue Hunter explains how The People’s Pension is making a difference to millions of UK savers
 October 2021
What are the advantages of active credit allocation in portfolios now that government bonds no longer serve their traditional purpose?
 October 2021
Jonathan Watts-Lay explains how planning for retirement should lead to improved member outcomes
 October 2021
Adam Gregory asks whether the green agenda is relevant for small/medium size schemes
 October 2021
Sam Tripuranen explores how to implement long-term sustainable investing within defined contribution funds
 October 2021
Paul McGlone looks at how those managing pension schemes can tackle cyber risk
 October 2021
Despite policies like auto-enrolment and exciting developments like the dashboard, pensions are still not a topic that seems to grab the attention of the general public. Pensions Age asks members of the industry for their thoughts on whether pensions need a makeover and the most effective way to rebrand saving for retirement
 September 2021
Networking, a key part of professional life, has changed a great deal under the Covid-19 pandemic. Duncan Ferris examines how pension professionals have been impacted by the transformation and what the future of the industry’s meetings and events might look like
 September 2021
Pete Carvill looks over the ups and downs of members’ pensions transfers over the past year
 September 2021
With the Pensions Dashboards Programme about to move into the development stage of dashboards, Natalie Tuck looks at what this entails and the challenges still to overcome
 September 2021
Jack Gray chats to Money and Pensions Service (Maps) chief executive, Caroline Siarkiewicz, about the planning and implementation of the service’s recent move to consolidate its existing financial and pension advice brands into a single offering, MoneyHelper
 September 2021
Andrew Williams explores the role of fiduciary managers in helping pension schemes with their responsible investment
 September 2021
Philippa Allen and Sam Segameglio at Aon discuss why a fiduciary management approach to responsible investment can help trustees achieve their sustainable investment goals
 September 2021
Sophie Smith sits down with Councillor, Eric Kerry, to discuss what prompted the Nottinghamshire Pension Fund to back the pledge to combat pension scams, and how it has worked to protect members’ benefits amid the pandemic and climate concerns
 September 2021
Jack Gray investigates the work being done in partnerships between charities and pension firms
 September 2021
Whilst pressure for pension schemes to combat climate change has continued to grow, the UK taxonomy defining what exactly green looks like remains unclear. Sophie Smith explores how pension scheme trustees can best navigate this uncertainty and address greenwashing fears
 September 2021
The growth of professional trusteeship represents a profound change in the sector, calling into question the long-term future of lay trustees. Andy Knaggs looks at what this means for the pensions industry
 September 2021
Jack Gray speaks to Royal Mail head of corporate pensions, Angela Gough, about her role in implementing its CDC design
 September 2021
Understanding the importance of diversity is one thing, putting diversity into practice is another. Francesca Fabrizi speaks to some of the pension firms that are leading the way with their diversity and inclusion strategies, to assist those who are looking to learn from their peers
 September 2021
Matthew Swynnerton looks at two recent court judgments that considered the construction of pension scheme rules
 September 2021
With 34 million UK pension consumers, John Dovey, at Paragon Customer Communications, discusses how communication strategies are addressing critical industry challenges
 September 2021
Multi-asset credit (MAC) and absolute return fixed income strategies have long competed for
investor attention. But does choosing one over the other make sense?
 September 2021
As people are increasingly reaching key life events, such as buying a home or getting married, later in life than previous generations, Laura Blows considers what this means for pensions communications
 July-August 2021
As the government once again doubles down on its commitment to the pensions triple lock, Sophie Smith takes a closer look at the debate surrounding it and the issues brewing as a result of the pandemic
 July-August 2021
Whilst many assume a neat glidepath into retirement, issues around care, ill health and unemployment have seen an increasing number of savers taking early retirement, not necessarily by choice. Sophie Smith reports
 July-August 2021
Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) associate director, Rowena Crawford, chats with Duncan Ferris about recent research from the organisation that looked at life-cycle pension saving habits from before the implementation of automatic-enrolment (AE)
 July-August 2021
Francesca Fabrizi explores why contingent funding arrangements are predicted to become more mainstream among DB pension schemes today and how schemes can make the most of what’s on offer
 July-August 2021
Following the market crash at the outbreak of the pandemic, DB schemes’ funding positions have bounced back to above pre-pandemic levels. Jack Gray explores the reasons behind the improvement and what it means for investment strategies
 July-August 2021
Association of Member Nominated Trustees (AMNT) co-chair, David Weeks, speaks to Jack Gray about why pension scheme investors may be looking to private equity and how it can play its part in a more responsible investment environment
 July-August 2021
Laura Blows looks at how changing societal trends are affecting property use and investment opportunities
 July-August 2021
Duncan Ferris examines how the UK’s collective defined contribution (CDC) schemes appear to differ from those already established overseas
 July-August 2021
Duncan Ferris examines what the UK and other major pensions industries across the globe have been up to during the pandemic, whether it be struggling for stability amid tanking equities or spending time understanding ESG concerns
 July-August 2021
Following the Universities Superannuation Scheme’s (USS) recent commitment to reach net zero, Sophie Smith takes a closer look at how the scheme has been putting its promise into action
 July-August 2021
Phil Brown urges consideration for how the DWP’s burst of policy activity will fit together
 July-August 2021
Inflation is picking up, but there’s no need to panic. Economic growth is expected to remain strong, and investments in cyclical and quality business should do well
 July-August 2021
Natacha Blackman explores how the European bond market is adapting to changing needs – and the important role fixed-income ETFs have to play
 July-August 2021
Jonathan Seed considers how trustees can design an effective endgame strategy
 July-August 2021
With Aon’s purchase of Willis Towers Watson in potential jeopardy following the announcement of a lawsuit by the US Department of Justice, Jack Gray takes a look at the story of the possible merger so far
 July-August 2021
BlackRock is excited to release the inaugural Global Impact Annual Report. Reflecting an unprecedented period in history, the report captures not only the reality of the immense challenges we face amid the ongoing global pandemic, but also the resilient responses that so many impact enterprises offer as solutions
 July-August 2021
Joanna Sharples considers how today’s pension savings can shape tomorrow’s world
 July-August 2021
Laura Blows discovers the skills, interests and hobbies industry people have outside the world of pensions
 June 2021
Social media has opened up the ease of access to financial information for a willing audience but the UK pensions industry has yet to fully engage with this opportunity, Laura Blows finds
 June 2021
Jack Gray chats to Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) Scheme Advisory Board head of pensions, Jeff Houston
 June 2021
With markets dominated by low yields, long-term and low-cost strategies are aiming to deliver for DB portfolios, finds Tom Higgins
 June 2021
With buy and maintain becoming more popular in the UK, MFS’ Owen Murfin explains what he looks for in a ‘perfect’ security and provides thoughts on how to judge the success of a manager
 June 2021
Duncan Ferris chats with Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) Pension Scheme chair of trustees, Robert Fletcher, about communicating with members, hunting for insurers and Covid concerns after the scheme’s recent buy-in
 June 2021
Duncan Ferris examines industry opinion regarding the MPAA and LTA amid worries over their complexity
 June 2021
Pensions Age asks: What one initiative do you think should be prioritised in the fight to combat pension scams?
 June 2021
Sophie Smith takes a closer look at the key findings of the Work and Pensions Committee’s recent pension scams inquiry and the ongoing journey from recommendation to reform
 June 2021
Pensions Minister, Guy Opperman, discusses the latest steps that the government is taking to help in the fight against pension scams
 June 2021
The government has confirmed that user-generated fraud will be included in the Online Safety Bill, but is this enough to protect savers?
 June 2021
With many savers having multiple jobs over their working life, lost pension pots are a common occurrence. Natalie Tuck explores how the industry can help savers track down missing pension pots
 June 2021
Jack Gray chats to 20-20 Trustees trustee director, Martin Collins, about the impact Covid-19 may have on fixed-income investment and the vital role it could play in a more ESG-conscious investment environment
 June 2021
Jonathan Joiner and Toby Orpin explore whether diversified credit is more than just a growth asset for pension schemes
 June 2021
Tom Higgins investigates whether low yields are fuelling new trends in fixed-income investing for defined benefit schemes
 June 2021
Pensions Age showcases two employers that are leading the way when it comes to pension engagement at a time when an employer focus can be more desirable than ever
 June 2021
Duncan Ferris explores how employers need to prepare as we draw nearer to Covid-19 restrictions being lifted and staff returning to the office after what has been an undeniably difficult year
 June 2021
Jack Gray investigates how best to allocate time and resources, and what is most important to consider, when responding to consultations
 June 2021
Kathryn Foster asks whether your trustee board is match fit to face the new governance challenges
 June 2021
Matthew Swynnerton (who is a member of the Pension Scams Industry Group) looks at two recent developments in relation to combatting pension scams
 June 2021
Jonathan Watts-Lay explores what trustees can do to help protect members from scams
 June 2021
Kevin Martin considers the challenges of auto-enrolment on pensions’ payroll cycles
 June 2021
Inflation concerns are on the rise, with everyone scrambling to forecast its path. We believe a better approach is to position for the risks. Here’s how
 June 2021
In our latest article, learn how fiduciary management can provide respite for hard-pressed trustees in uncertain times
 June 2021
David Thompson and Andrew Cooper reveal the importance of a holistic approach, such as Aon’s Journey to Settlement, to endgame planning
 June 2021
The OECD has ranked the UK’s state pension as the lowest in the developed world as a percentage of average earnings, but is there a bigger picture to consider? Jack Gray investigates
 May 2021
Amid the UK Sustainable Investment and Financial Association’s (UKSIF) 30-year anniversary, chief executive, James Alexander, chats to Sophie Smith about the work that the group has achieved so far and what lies ahead in the future
 May 2021
Ahead of the introduction of further climate-related regulations in October 2021, Sophie Smith considers how pension schemes have coped with the requirements already introduced and how they can prepare for even more in the future
 May 2021
Duncan Ferris explores what the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in favour of Uber drivers in their quest to secure employee benefits could mean for the gig economy and the world of pensions
 May 2021
Duncan Ferris delves into the FCA’s finalised DB transfer guidance, looking into both the content of the guidance and what it might mean for the future of the DB transfer market
 May 2021
Laura Blows looks at the regulator’s efforts to create one single code of practice and what changes the proposed code will bring
 May 2021
M. Catherine Miller reveals how to build an effective board of trustees
 May 2021
Pensions Age speaks to Hymans Robertson financial risk management lead, Gillian Baker, about why it decided to seek Pensions Administration Standards Association (Pasa) reaccreditation and the process for achieving this
 May 2021
Sustainable and responsible investing is fast becoming one of the most important investment criteria globally and, in Asia, while the uptake has been slower, this trend is growing. Moreover, sustainability is now also seen as an important economic driver for investment performance. Murray Collis, Deputy CIO Fixed Income Asia ex-Japan and lead portfolio manager of the Sustainable Asia Bond strategy, discusses the drivers behind this movement and how the Covid-19 outbreak may have influenced developments
 May 2021
Endre Pedersen, Murray Collis and Eric Nietsch of Manulife Investment Management consider how to unlock sustainable investing opportunities in Asian fixed income
 May 2021
The Pensions Ombudsman service is celebrating 30 years in operation, but what has been its impact on the pensions industry? Natalie Tuck reports
 May 2021
Looking to the future of pension fund management
 May 2021
Climate-adjusted analytics are key to mapping pension schemes’ climate risk exposures
 May 2021
Stella Beale considers the reasons for the gender pensions income gap and how policymakers and the industry can better engage with women to encourage retirement saving
 May 2021
Major car manufacturers pledge to “go electric”
 May 2021
Featuring:
• How the Covid-19 pandemic has kick-started greater interest in cashflow-driven investment
and how DB schemes can implement this strategy
• How the time has come for cashflow-driven investors to adapt to investor, political and regulatory momentum around climate change
• Cashflow matching in pension asset management
 May 2021
Aon partner, John Baines, and associate partner, Michael Walker, consider how to optimise outcomes for members, trustees and sponsors
 May 2021
Here are the five reasons why we believe sustainable indexing gives investors the clarity they need to build more sustainable portfolios
 May 2021
PMI president, Lesley Alexander, explains to Laura Blows the institute’s future goals for the training and development of the pensions industry
 April 2021
Carmarthenshire County Council, Host Authority for the Wales Pension Partnership (WPP) treasury and pension investment manager, Anthony Parnell, discusses the pool’s recent work on responsible investment and the steps it is looking to take in future
 April 2021
Francesca Fabrizi looks at the key themes presented and discussed at this year’s Sustainability Investment Summit
 April 2021
Lang Arm Capital Partner co-founders, John Owens and Steve Holt, chat to Sophie Smith about the inefficiencies in the institutional sales market, and how their new third party marketing firm is making its mark with new ideas, despite the pandemic
 April 2021
Depressed bond yields coupled with low interest rates have further heightened concerns over meeting long-term liabilities. In response, investment into private markets and alternatives by pension funds looks set to increase. World Gold Council senior analyst, Krishan Gopaul, reviews the key findings from a recent World Gold Council/Pensions Age poll and highlights why gold might provide an answer
 April 2021
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