Six asset managers have been praised for their "exceptional transparency" in reporting transaction costs and charges to clients including pension schemes.
Support for cost disclosure templates must be followed by help to make sense of the data, says Jonathan Stapleton.
This week's top stories included The Pensions Regulator criticising Sir Philip Green's latest plans for the Arcadia pension schemes.
KAS Bank has built on its cost transparency dashboard to offer UK defined contribution (DC) scheme trustees the option to benchmark costs relative to other pension funds.
The government's auto-enrolment provider NEST has teamed up with KAS Bank to offer a cost transparency service for its range of target date and specialist funds, to launch in Q2 2019.
The Cost Transparency Initiative (CTI) has set out plans to launch the long-awaited cost disclosure templates for pension schemes in mid-May.
West Midlands Pension Fund (WMPF) is leading a £1bn allocation to a global sustainable equity mandate, designed to invest in companies which demonstrate a forward-thinking approach to long-term sustainable business.
This week's top stories included an accountant admitting fraud and making employer-related investments in the latest criminal prosecution pursued by The Pensions Regulator.
A pensions bill expected next year must include law to require schemes to collect, publish and analyse cost transparency data from their asset managers, MPs have been told.
A platform to help pension funds collect and analyse cost data, such as transaction costs, has been launched by Chris Sier, who has played an integral role in the fight for transparency.
The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) is in the process of convening an industry-wide group to take forward the work of the Institutional Disclosure Working Group (IDWG).
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) must ditch the methodology used to calculate transaction costs incurred by investment of defined contribution (DC) funds as a matter of urgency, the Investment Association (IA) says.
The WPC's cost and transparency inquiry reveals it is impossible to know exactly how much consumers and trustees are paying in charges. Victoria Ticha takes a closer look
The majority of Pensions Buzz respondents said directors who avoid obligations should be penalised.
The Work and Pensions Committee (WPC) has launched an inquiry to ask whether the pensions industry provides "sufficient transparency" of charges, strategy and performance to savers.
Pension scheme investment decision-makers are most worried about a lack of cost efficiencies and transparency in the asset management industry, according to latest research.
A Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) working group has recommended five institutional cost disclosure templates, although it says these should not be made mandatory.
Asset Management Exchange (AMX) has added tax transparent global equity vehicles to its range of investment funds to cut scheme costs and increase transparency across the industry.
Granting statutory protection to pre-1997 benefits in defined benefit (DB) schemes would be an unfair cost to sponsors and would force even more closures, according to this weeks' Pensions Buzz respondents.
The new tax year brings a number of changes to the pensions world, not least the first round of phasing for auto-enrolled employees.
State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) and Jupiter Asset Management have become the latest firms to sign up to the Local Government Pension Scheme's (LGPS) code of transparency.
Will assess use of benchmarks
Over 170 asset managers have rejected an initiative which requires better disclosure of fees UK public pension funds are charged, despite increased regulatory pressure on costs throughout the industry.
The industry has welcomed the Competition and Markets Authority's (CMA's) working paper on the information available to trustees on the fees and quality of investment consultants and fiduciary managers.