The annual funding statement: Creating certainty from uncertainty

Carl Hitchman

Carl Hitchman, chief investment officer for UK investment consulting at Buck, explores key four topics from the Pensions Regulator’s latest annual funding statement.

Should DC default funds take more risk?

Julius Pursaill

Cushon strategic adviser Julius Pursaill considers the arguments as to whether defined contribution default funds should assume more risk.

New DB funding code should focus on transparency

Sarah Brown, Andrew Horner

Buck’s Sarah Brown and Andrew Horner argue there should be a transparent relationship between covenant, funding and investment strategy ahead of the Pensions Regulator’s second consultation on its new code of practice on defined benefit scheme funding.

Getting ready for the pensions dashboards

Anna Taylor

Taylor Wessing’s pensions partner Anna Taylor details the latest developments with the pensions dashboards project and what trustees should be doing to get their schemes ready for it.

TPR: The Green Cross Code man

David Brooks

Broadstone’s technical director David Brooks details how trustees must help scheme members to avoid bad transfer decisions as the regulator takes a ‘Green Cross Code’ approach.

Inflation fears could see schemes move to lock in equity gains

Chris Iggo

AXA Investment Managers’ Chris Iggo explains how high inflation, rising interest rates and the impact of the Ukraine conflict could make schemes shift away from equities and invest in higher-yielding assets.

A data with destiny

Jemma Jurgenson

Jemma Jurgenson, head of administration at Quantum Advisory, asks whether the industry is ready for the arrival of pensions dashboards.

Building portfolio resilience: Should schemes consider hedge funds?

Guy Saintfiet

Aon’s senior portfolio manager, Guy Saintfiet, discusses the risks and benefits for schemes of investing in hedge funds, and how these commitments could give pension funds the diversification needed given the current market conditions.

Roadmap to tackle the gender pensions gap

Sue Ferns

Prospect’s Sue Ferns proposes solutions to tackle the gender pensions gap ahead of the Work and Pensions Committee’s hearing on this topic, as she warns that more needs to be done by the government to tackle the issue.

Schemes need to pay attention to members’ sustainable demands

Carol McNaughton Nicholls

Scheme trustees may be conflicted between sustainability and fiduciary duty, but the public are not – they want sustainability to be front and centre, argues Carol McNaughton Nicholls, associate partner at BritainThinks.