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Tackling net zero, consolidation and diversity

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CPD: Liam Wyatt looks back at the key topics that emerged during Pensions Expert’s DB and DC Pensions Management Summit, including the practicalities of net zero, DC scheme consolidation, and diversity within the pensions space.

First superfund deal could happen before end of 2022

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CPD: Superfunds have long been mooted as a possible solution for defined benefit schemes where an employer’s covenant is weak or there exists a danger of insolvency. They are now set to move from the drawing board to reality this year, reports Stephanie Hawthorne.

What it means for data protection when the King works from home

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CPD: Hymans Robertson’s Susan Black details the new challenges posed to the Local Government Pension Scheme from the pandemic, remote working, and cyber security issues and how to address them.

The surge of small ‘pointless pots’ endangers AE credibility

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CPD: There are now at least 10mn inactive pots in master trusts alone after just one decade of auto-enrolment, but the pace of reform is glacial, Stephanie Hawthorne writes.

McCloud: What is all the fuss about?

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CPD: Aries Insight’s Ian Neale and Gareth Stears unravel the complexity of the McCloud saga.

New statutory transfer regime – a benefit or a burden?

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CPD: The new pension transfers regime has introduced additional challenges for trustees and administrators, who had to quickly update their processes in order to comply with the new rules, writes Sackers’ senior associate Kirsty Pake.

The state pension – a creaking centenarian

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CPD: The state pension is an essential retirement staple for the entire UK, but Stephanie Hawthorne questions whether the system is still fit for purpose.

What does the future hold for GMP conversion?

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CPD: Sackers’ associate director Sonya Fraser examines the progress made so far on guaranteed minimum pension conversion and how the new bill going through parliament on this can help schemes progress with this exercise.

Master trusts: Pushing the boundaries for pensions innovation

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CPD: Technological improvements, an increased focus on member engagement and new governance criteria are pushing master trusts further in the innovation scale, writes Hymans Robertson’s head of DC provider relations Shabna Islam.

How prepared are schemes for high inflation?

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CPD: Spiralling inflation is a concern among institutional investors. Alex Janiaud asks what actions pension schemes have taken to prepare for the current boom in prices.