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Mind the DC governance gap

12 October 2018

A notable trend in th epensions landscape right now is the number of single employer trust arrangements that are setting up dedicated defined contribution (DC) committees. 

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Supporting your pensions manager

10 October 2018

The increasingly variable nature of pensions management requirements is causing many trustees to re-think their resourcing model.  In this article, we explore some of the drivers underlying this shift, as well as a variety of practical measures to address it. 

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Taking a fresh look at your Investment Consultant

24 July 2018

The Investment Consultant is a key advisory relationship underpinning the achievement of a scheme’s strategy, and one where trust and confidence are fundamental. It is essential that the effectiveness of this relationship is reviewed at appropriate intervals.

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The CMA Investment Consultant Market Investigation

23 July 2018

Read Chris Fagan's thoughts on the CMA's provisional report - more engaged trustees get better outcomes.

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'...I get by with a little help from my friends...'

12 July 2018

...So the Beatles song goes and so more trustee boards are turning to external sources of executive support services to help acheive their strategic and operational objectives.

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Too late to insure when the house is on fire!

02 May 2018

We all recognise the futility of calling an insurance company for a quotation after a fire has taken hold of our house. So why do trustees wait until key pension scheme risks have manifested before putting protections in place?

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Should You Pay 'Lay' Trustees?

26 May 2017

Barry Mack considers the case for paying 'lay' trustees given the increasingly complex and onerous role that trustees play.

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Co-Sourcing: A Brief Overview

06 June 2016

We have been seeing interest increase in using co-sourcing as a delivery method for administration services. The technology is now better able to facilitate this, but what are some of the things to consider, and what are the pitfalls to look out for. Damon Lacey gives a brief overview of co-sourcing as an introduction to the idea.

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Seven Principles for Effective Administration Agreements

12 October 2015

As a follow-up to our recent guide on the Key Principles of Administration Agreements (in collaboration with the PMI and CMS), Damon Lacey examines the seven principles of an effective administration agreement.

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The Problem with Freedom

23 June 2015

Read Ian McQuade's thoughts and reaction to the new Freedoms & Choice.

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The Story So Far: IGCs Since Inception

16 June 2015

Read Paul Trickett's thoughts on IGCs since inception based on his experience as a member of an IGC.

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What is the Ideal DC Scheme?

16 June 2014

There was a lot of debate following the announcement of Defined Ambition and Collective DC. Are these the solutions though, and what is the problem they solve? There are good quality DC schemes, and a good scheme can deliver good outcomes. Ian McQuade looks at what qualities make the ideal DC scheme.

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Administration and Data Governance

21 April 2014

Administration, and specifically data, is increasingly under the spotlight as scheme's look to de-risk and ensure they are up to scratch against TPR's data targets. Avgi Gregory considers some of the themes that have emerged from our work with clients.

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