Defined benefit (DB) consolidator Clara will get up to £500m of capital backing from global credit investment firm TPG Sixth Street Partners (TSSP), paving the way for its first deals.
As a hectic 2018 draws to an end, Jonathan Stapleton wishes readers a quieter 2019.
The Pension Protection Fund has published its final levy rules for 2019/20 following a consultation launched in September.
This week's top stories included the Department for Work and Pensions issuing two separate consultations on the pensions dashboard and defined benefit consolidation.
Nine in 10 FTSE 350 defined benefit (DB) pension schemes could pay off their IAS19 deficit with less than six months of earnings, according to Hymans Robertson.
Significantly improved funding levels and bulk annuity options have brought forward the need for defined benefit (DB) trustees to renew their focus on endgame planning.
John McAleer sets out four areas where a change in approach to managing mature pension funds could lead to better outcomes for members, trustees and sponsors.
Most respondents in this week's Pensions Buzz do not think businesses should be able suspend AE contributions if in financial distress.
The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) is consulting on proposals to charge a "risk reflective" levy for commercial defined benefit (DB) consolidation vehicles.
There will be "many flavours" of defined benefit (DB) consolidators but consolidation will only be the right answer for a minority of schemes, Alan Rubenstein says.
Lawrence Churchill has been appointed as the first chairman of defined benefit (DB) consolidator Clara's corporate board.
Coats Group has recorded a narrow defined benefit (DB) surplus of $1m (£0.8m) across its three UK schemes.
Respondents were almost evenly split in this week's Pensions Buzz on whether the Competition and Markets Authority's (CMA) remedies for the investment consultant and fiduciary management markets go far enough.
Unprecedented levels of provider consolidation means trustees must regularly monitor and assess security of members' assets, the Security of DC Assets Working Party has warned.
Any surplus generated by The Pension Superfund will be shared between members and the defined benefit (DB) consolidator's capital providers, Alan Rubenstein has said.
Respondents say it is a bad idea to state the extent member views are taken into account when setting investment strategies.
Defined benefit (DB) consolidation vehicles may be subject to a special levy if they are deemed eligible for the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) in the event of a failure.
Vehicles to promote and enable pension scheme consolidation have been accused of forgetting the policy's intention of boosting outcomes for members of sub-scale schemes.
Paul Budgen says many of the smaller providers with less resource and funding will not make it through the costly and time-consuming months ahead
The Salvus Master Trust will welcome another 1,200 members and 20 employers as it absorbs the £7m Complete Master Trust.
Defined benefit (DB) 'superfund' consolidators will not take off, according to 52% of this week's Pensions Buzz respondents.
In this week's Pensions Buzz, we want to know whether you believe defined benefit (DB) 'superfund' consolidators will take off, and if there will be further consolidation of local government pension scheme pools.
Smart Pensions has appointed Anna Eagles as an independent trustee to support its governance as it expands.
The benefits promised by scheme consolidation are available today. Patrick Bloomfield asks why more trustees and sponsors aren't taking advantage of them