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
This year will see consolidation, cyber risk and cost transparency dominate the industry's focus as schemes bid to improve value for money and meet data protection requirements.
Transport operator FirstGroup has consolidated its pension scheme assets within the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) in what is believed to be the first move of its kind.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has suggested its forthcoming white paper on defined benefit (DB) provision will only show the direction of travel on consolidation, rather give than a definitive answer.
The government's white paper on defined benefit (DB) sustainability may include a heavy focus on scheme consolidation, benefit simplification and The Pensions Regulator's (TPR) powers, a senior civil servant has hinted.
The PLSA's DB taskforce has released more details about its suggested scheme consolidation route, but questions remain about how it would work in practice. James Phillips reports