US - The development of a "terror-free" index will allow pension funds to measure the financial impacts of state legislation limiting investments in companies linked to countries such as Sudan.
FTSE Group, which developed the series with Conflict Securities Advisory Group, has excluded 239 international companies deemed to have active business ties to "terror-sponsoring" countries including Sudan, Iran, Syria and North Korea.
It is in response to exclusion requirements being adopted or proposed by US state governments including New York, California and Pennsylvania.
Andrew Buckley, executive director at FTSE Group, said there was likely to be demand from pension funds in any of the 19 US states that had divestment policies.
He said: "Once that legislation is enacted there is immediately demand for an appropriate benchmark that reflects the divestment requirements that have been placed upon them."
Craig Metrick, US head of Mercer's responsible investing unit, said: "Another possible use is to track these indexes and compare them to the unrestricted indexes to see what the impact is of screening these companies out over the short term and the longer term.
"There are quite large companies that have operations in some of these companies so divestment could be costly operationally."
Proposed changes to The Pensions Regulator's (TPR) notifiable events framework so it can be more proactive when corporates make changes will create a very challenging workload, it has been said.
Aviva has created a new pension skill for Amazon Alexa that allows customers to find out how much they have saved towards their retirement.
PP has compiled a list of what to watch out for over the coming months.
The proposed cold-calling ban may be ineffective if a collaborative regulatory approach between the UK and the European Union (EU) is not maintained post-Brexit, the Pensions Management Institute (PMI) has warned.