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.
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GLOBAL - The dispersion of returns between hedge funds in September was the highest ever seen by Luke Ellis, head of Man's multi-manager unit and a veteran of at least 13 years in the fund of hedge funds business.
UK/Europe - The European Commission plans to adopt a "holistic balance sheet" approach to scheme funding rules which will treat sponsor covenants as assets, a consultation reveals.
CANADA - The nascent Canadian longevity risk transfer market could hit $20bn by 2020, Swiss Re finds.
IRELAND - Most small Irish pension funds will fund the controversial new pensions levy by reducing member benefits, an Aon Hewitt survey finds.
ASIA - Asia ex-Japan and Australian assets are set to double by 2015, reaching $4tr, according to a recent study by Cerulli Associates.
US - A new study finds New York City's defined benefit (DB) pension plans can deliver the same retirement income as a defined contribution (DC) plan at almost 40% less costs.
UK - UK companies are likely to experience the same "painful" and problematic auto-enrolment implementation as Norway firms due lack of preparation and similar complex legislation, Mercer warns
UK - Two pensioner groups will challenge the government in the High Court today over its decision to switch to the Consumer Prices Index for up-rating public sector pensions.
US - Telecommunications companies AT&T and Verizon Communications could face increased pension payments next year as their liabilities soar to a combined $73.2bn, according to an analyst note from Bernstein Research, a unit of AllianceBernstein.
An unnamed London-based employer has been hit with a £350,000 fine from The Pensions Regulator (TPR) for failing to fully comply with its pension duties.
XPS Pensions has enhanced its fiduciary management selection service in order to help trustees through initial selection and mandatory re-tendering.
One in five defined benefit (DB) schemes are in The Pension Regulator's (TPR) weakest two categories, analysis by Hymans Robertson has revealed.
State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) has been selected as the first index manager for the Asset Management Exchange's (AMX) passive funds.