We consider if bulk annuity purchases should be of interest to a wider group of schemes. Whilst there were 132 transactions in 2017, this is still small compared to the 5,700 UK DB pension schemes. Are these other 5,500 schemes missing a trick, or does bulk annuity purchase still only make sense in a small minority of cases?
On 12 December 2018, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published its final report in relation to its review of the market for investment consulting and fiduciary management services.
The use of LDIs, by which we mean the practice of using leverage to reduce the exposure of a pension scheme's funding position to interest rate and inflation movements, has become increasingly commonplace in pension schemes' investment portfolios.
The DWP issued a consultation on clarifying and strengthening trustees’ investment duties in June 2018, with responses requested by mid-July. What are the key proposals and what might trustees do to prepare?
In this paper we demonstrate the importance of governance and explain how taking the time to ensure you have strong governance in place will bring real benefits.
We consider the outlook for equities over the long term and the short term, before considering the options available to investors concerned that equities may be due a fall.
The Scotland Act 2012 gives the Scottish Parliament the power to set the Scottish rate of income tax. As a result, since 6 April 2016, Scottish taxpayers have been subject to lower rates of UK income tax.
Are we seeing inflation being driven upwards by economic drivers rather than by policy-makers? In this paper we investigate whether the recent heightened level of inflation is expected to stay and what the investment options are for pension schemes that wish to protect against such a scenario.
This paper looks at how much weight should be given to 'meeting cashflows' when designing an investment portfolio and if there are specific features cashflow negative schemes (i.e. schemes where outgoes exceed income) should look for in their investments.
Policymakers have played an increasing role in the direction of investment markets over recent years - arguably the most significant for UK pension schemes in 2016 is the upcoming vote on whether the UK should remain part of the EU.