UK - Mid-cap firms are at their most optimistic since July 2002, a survey shows.
The findings – collated by private equity manager Gresham – show that more than 60% of companies are very optimistic.
The results from Gresham Monitor point to a brighter outlook for the year ahead, as mid-market firms consolidate turnover and profitability.
Most respondents in this week's Pensions Buzz do not think businesses should be able suspend AE contributions if in financial distress.
Former BHS owner Dominic Chappell has lost the appeal against his section 72 conviction and sentence for failing to hand over information to The Pensions Regulator (TPR).
This week's top stories include Marsh and McLennan Companies agreeing to buy JLT, and the home secretary calling for AE to be scrapped in a no-deal Brexit scenario.
Lesley Titcomb says the watchdog wants closer interactions with pension funds to spot problems sooner and act before having to use its more stringent powers