As a hectic 2018 draws to an end, Jonathan Stapleton wishes readers a quieter 2019.
The Competition and Markets Authority's (CMA) final report on the investment consultant market has been celebrated as having "real teeth" to produce better outcomes for members.
Tenders for first-time fiduciary management mandates will be mandatory, must be conducted on a closed basis, and will apply to any mandate for over 20% of a scheme's assets, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has confirmed.
BMO Global Asset Management has opened a UK fiduciary management business, promising a "truly open architecture" approach to deliver "better client outcomes".
The number of defined benefit (DB) schemes using fiduciary management grew by just 9% over the 12 months to June this year, according to KPMG.
Aon, Mercer and Willis Towers Watson have renewed criticism of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) over its analysis of the benefits of tendering for fiduciary management contracts.
Tendering for fiduciary management has led to fees being reduced by between 19% and 22%, latest analysis by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) finds.
Investment consultants and fiduciary managers should expect a final decision on the investigation into the market to be published by the end of the year, the competition watchdog says.
Errors in the Competition and Markets Authority's (CMA) data analysis make its provisional decision on the investment consultants market investigation "flawed", and lacks an "adequate evidential basis" to impose remedies, Mercer has said.
The CMA investigation into the investment consultants and fiduciary managers market is drawing to a close. James Phillips looks at reaction to the provisional decision
The majority of Pensions Buzz respondents said directors who avoid obligations should be penalised.
Mandatory tenders for fiduciary management services should be conducted on a closed basis with no minimum threshold for the number of managers involved, the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) says.
Proposed remedies for the investment consultant and fiduciary management market will need a substantially clearer rulebook in order to be practical, Aon has warned.
Jonathan Stapleton says the jury is out on whether or not the competition watchdog has gotten it right with its proposals for consultants and fiduciaries.
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.
Proposals for mandatory tendering of fiduciary management services, as well as additional guidance for trustees, have been welcomed by industry commentators albeit with some caution.
John Wotton says the competition watchdog's package of proposals will help trustees get the best deal and be satisfied they are acting in their members' best interests
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published its provisional decision on its investment consultant market investigation this morning. Here is the reaction from consultants and fiduciaries…
UPDATE: CMA proposes mandatory tenders for FM mandates but spares investment consultant market from widespread change
Investment consultants have been spared a major shake-up in their operations and business models after an investigation by the competition watchdog proposed just a handful of remedies.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) will publish its provisional decision as to whether there are adverse effects on competition in the investment consultants market on the morning of 18 July.
Respondents were split in this week's Pensions Buzz on whether the £1m maximum penalty for failing to notify The Pensions Regulator (TPR) of certain corporate events was appropriate.
The number of pension schemes retendering for investment consulting services has dropped sharply over the last decade, IC Select research reveals.
The investment consultant and fiduciary management market "may not be working well for pension schemes which are not engaged", the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has said.
Regulation aimed at improving the governance of occupational pension schemes has left the sector "regulated to the lowest common denominator" with a "prescriptive and micro-managerial approach".