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TPR and PPF to probe pre-pack at Jacuzzi UK scheme sponsor

Professional Pensions | 23 Apr 2014 | 12:43 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) and Pension Protection Fund (PPF) are investigating the pre-pack insolvency of Astracast over concerns the firm’s owner has dumped its scheme on the lifeboat fund.

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Buy-in prices ‘fall 3%’ after budget

Buy-in prices have fallen by up to 3% as a result of changes announced in last month’s Budget, one consultant says.

Professional Pensions | 17 Apr 2014 | 10:15 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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How the closure of UK Coal will affect the PPF

Jack Jones examines the relationship between the lifeboat fund and crisis-hit mining firm

Professional Pensions | 10 Apr 2014 | 13:36 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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UK Coal to close; PPF expects ‘no further liabilities’

A ‘managed closure’ of UK Coal following a £10m loan deal with the government will create ‘no further liabilities’ for the Pension Protection Fund.

Professional Pensions | 10 Apr 2014 | 13:15 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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Vestey scheme secures second pensioner buy-in

The Western United Group Pension Scheme has secured a £111m pensioner buy-in with Rothesay Life, a year and a half after completing a £115m deal with the same insurer.

Global Pensions | 10 Apr 2014 | 12:05

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Just Retirement completes buy-in; predicts £80m of business this year

Just Retirement has completed a £36.5m medically underwritten buy-in with a shipping firm and says it is on target to write £80m of bulk annuity business in the year to June.

Professional Pensions | 09 Apr 2014 | 12:11 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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PPF risks losing investment as UK Coal seeks bailout

The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) could end up facing a multi-million pound loss from UK Coal after the firm revealed it is in need of a bailout to avoid collapse.

Professional Pensions | 02 Apr 2014 | 13:50 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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LexisNexis buys Tracesmart

LexisNexis has acquired tracing, data-cleansing and fraud prevention firm Tracesmart.

Professional Pensions | 01 Apr 2014 | 14:03 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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ITV uses London Television Centre for second scheme funding partnership

ITV has used its London Television Centre property to set up a 25-year partnership to fund its defined benefit (DB) scheme.

Professional Pensions | 01 Apr 2014 | 13:27 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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PPF appoints head of operations ahead of switch to internal administration

The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has appointed Elaine Wiscombe to the newly-created role of head of operations ahead of plans to bring administration services in house later this year.

Professional Pensions | 01 Apr 2014 | 12:18 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

Manufacturing

Manufacturer completes £30m underwritten buy-in

Partnership has agreed a £30m medically underwritten buy-in to insure the entire pensioner population of an unnamed manufacturer’s scheme.

Professional Pensions | 26 Mar 2014 | 17:29 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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PIC adds Varnell and Coatesworth to risk team

Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC) has appointed Elliot Varnell and William Coatesworth to its risk team.

Professional Pensions | 26 Mar 2014 | 10:33 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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ICI Pension Fund trustees agree £3.6bn buy-in with L&G and Pru

The ICI Pension Fund trustees have entered into two buy-ins with Legal & General (L&G) and Prudential Retirement Income Services.

Professional Pensions | 26 Mar 2014 | 10:22 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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