GLOBAL - Have you missed the biggest stories in pensions this week? Find out below, as we list the top 10 most popular stories on www.globalpensions.com over the past seven days.
Russell Investments; Mercer; Aviva Investors; Hermes; BlackRock; Aegon UK; Newport Group; Xafinity Consulting; ETF Securities.
UK - BlackRock head of defined contribution sales Emma Douglas has left the firm for Mercer where she will help launch and head up the consultant's corporate wrap offering.
US - BlackRock saw outflows of $121bn in 2010 on the back of its acquisition of Barclays Global Investors, but managed to increase total assets by 6%.
US - The Securities and Exchange Commission has launched an inquiry into public statements by Illinois officials about the state's underfunded pension fund, according to a report.
IRELAND - Aon Hewitt has appointed Rachael Ingle and Donal Casey as joint managing directors in Ireland.
GLOBAL - Nomura Asset Management plans to launch an emerging market small-cap strategy that will determine holdings according to a country's gross domestic product adjusted for purchasing power parity.
POLAND - The Polish government plans to introduce changes to the pension system aimed at reducing the budget shortfall in April, said Michal Boni, senior adviser to Prime Minister Donald Tusk.
GLOBAL - More and more pension funds in emerging markets are forgoing global equities in favour of emerging market equities, said Nick Lyster, European chief executive at Principal Global Investors.
IRELAND - An early election in Ireland will not derail the launch of sovereign annuity bonds, the Irish Association of Pension Funds (IAPF) believes.
UK - Changes to defined benefit indexation have saved FTSE100 schemes more than £15bn($23.6bn), Towers Watson estimates.
PwC, KPMG, EY and Deloitte must break up their consultancy and audit businesses into distinct firms to provide greater focus on the "most challenging and objective audits", the competition watchdog has said.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has released its first batch of guidance setting out how the guaranteed minimum pension (GMP) conversion legislation may be used to resolve unequal payments.
This week's top stories include the government spending £800,000 on a Gogglebox advert and MPs writing to The Pensions Regulator about its engagement with the Railways Pension Scheme.