UK equity funds worst hit
Investment Association (IA) UK gilt funds were the only fund sector to deliver positive returns in a "horror show" March, which saw the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic decimate the performance of most IA-registered vehicles.
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Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) has said it will go ahead with its 31 March valuation despite significant falls in asset values over the past month.
The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is “pulling out all the stops” to help struggling employers during the Covid-19 crisis, although latest guidance may put trustees in a “challenging” position, the industry says.
In these unprecedented times, it is more important than ever that DC schemes have the right processes in place for governance, communications, and administration. Rona Train looks at what you need to be checking for.
Trustees “must be confident” they can continue to take care of members despite the ongoing financial fallouts caused by the spread of coronavirus, says Dalriada Trustees.
A £1.2bn global investment-grade corporate bond fund has been launched by LGPS Central with four initial investors.
Susannah Young looks at how pension schemes should be reacting to impact of the coronavirus crisis on investment-related considerations and discusses steps trustees can take.
The disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has also had a major impact on defined contribution schemes. In this article, XPS Pensions Group recommends trustees take four urgent steps to protect schemes and members.
Furloughed workers will continue to receive pension contributions under the government’s coronavirus job retention scheme, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has confirmed.
The Bank of England has maintained the historic low 0.1% base rate and predicted a gloomy economic outlook for the UK in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Millions of public sector workers will be able to choose whether their pension provision should be accrued under legacy or reformed schemes under government plans announced yesterday.
Investors must keep up with the opportunities and challenges arising from disruption off the back of climate change and technological advances, says Julian Lyne.
Defined contribution (DC) schemes are mostly content with the current asset classes available despite the industry’s push into proving members can benefit from diversified investments underpinned by strong ESG integration.
Almost all employers are now facing challenges when providing their staff with a workplace pension, according to Smarterly.
Combing risk premia is vital in a world of low rates, similar yield curves, and high correlation, argues Dr Philip Strother.
The Parliamentary Contribution Pension Fund has been criticised for continuing to invest in fossil-fuel heavy companies despite a push into renewable energies.
As the Covid-19 crisis sees employers seeking changes or suspensions to deficit contributions, Richard Knight looks at how schemes should respond to such requests.
RPMI Railpen has added to its portfolio of London office investments with the purchase of Camden Works office scheme.
The Pensions Regulator (TPR) must adopt a “pragmatic” approach to the 15% of UK schemes that have valuation dates within the next three weeks, Aon has said.
The Bank of England (BoE) has cut its interest rate by 15 basis points to 0.1% as the central bank moves to reduce the “economic shock” stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.
The government has said it will “do whatever it takes” to support businesses through the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis, leading to speculation that there could be a short-term change in auto-enrolment (AE) policy.
The trustees of the £2bn Plumbing and Mechanical Services (UK) Industry Pension Scheme are seeking court approval to use scheme funds in potential upcoming legal battles.