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Pensions Expert is the Financial Times' specialist title for UK workplace pension schemes.Our thought-provoking podcasts are designed to inform trustees and advisers of UK defined benefit and defined contribution pension schemes.Download to listen to debates and discussions on a range of topics, from investments to pensions law and regulation. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Continue Reading >>
Pensions Expert is the Financial Times' specialist title for UK workplace pension schemes.Our thought-provoking podcasts are designed to inform trustees and advisers of UK defined benefit and defined contribution pension schemes.Download to listen to debates and discussions on a range of topics, from investments to pensions law and regulation. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. << Show Less
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LGPS faces affordability, engagement and policy challenges Podcast: The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association’s 2022 local authority conference unearthed the challenges facing the Local Government Pension Scheme and its employer members, including affordability, engagement and policy reforms. Recorded from the conference floor, Pensions Expert was joined by PLSA’s head of defined benefit, LGPS and investment Tiffany Tsang and West Midlands Pension Fund’s director of pensions Rachel Brothwood to discuss new research into the LGPS and what can be done to help employers. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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LGPS faces affordability, engagement and policy challenges Podcast: The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association’s 2022 local authority conference unearthed the challenges facing the Local Government Pension Scheme and its employer members, including affordability, engagement and policy reforms. Recorded from the conference floor, Pensions Expert was joined by PLSA’s head of defined benefit, LGPS and investment Tiffany Tsang and West Midlands Pension Fund’s director of pensions Rachel Brothwood to discuss new research into the LGPS and what can be done to help employers. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Partial AE reform should be prioritised before long-term fix Podcast: The absence of auto-enrolment reform from the Queen’s speech means the government will be hard-pressed to meet its middle-of-the-decade deadline to achieve it. The priority should be getting the most important parts done as quickly as possible, and introducing the rest of the 2017 reform proposals enacted longer-term. Sackers partner Helen Ball and Mark Ormston, chair of the Industry Policy Committee at the Pensions Administration Standards Association, discuss auto-enrolment, online safety and the proposed value for money framework. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Uncertainty around inflation leads to ‘casino pensions’ Podcast: High levels of volatility around inflation will force trustees to “take a bet” on the future, as it is very difficult — absent a crystal ball — to predict inflationary pressure and its impact on scheme liabilities, says Pension Playpen chief executive Steve Goddard. He is joined by Cardano managing director Emily Goodridge to discuss inflation, technology in pensions, and the future of environmental, social and governance disclosure. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
‘Pot follows member’ legislation needed to solve small pots problem Podcast: Industry consensus is needed to support a “pot follows member” solution to the small pots problem, previous attempts to solve it having failed, says Henry Tapper, executive chair of AgeWage. He is joined by Tom McPhail, director of public affairs at the Lang Cat, to discuss small pots, commercial consolidators, and more McCloud woe for the Local Government Pension Scheme. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Natural capital can improve scheme returns but concerns remain Natural capital can improve scheme returns but trustees should not forget to consider their fiduciary duties of being able to pay pensions in the future and have a defensive investment strategy, argue Alina Donets, portfolio manager at Lombard Odier Investment Managers, and Stuart O’Brien, partner at Sackers. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Spring Statement: Missed opportunity to support savers Podcast: A light Spring Statement on pension topics meant that important issues such as financial education and support for institutional investors are still missing from the government’s agenda, argued Callum Stewart, head of defined contribution investment at Hymans Robertson, and Charlotte O’Leary, chief executive and executive director at Pensions for Purpose. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Is this really the right time for auto-enrolment expansion? Podcast: Expanding auto-enrolment is a great idea in theory, but with sky-high inflation, a cost of living crisis and the potential for a global recession to exacerbate it, is now the right time to pursue it? LCP partner Mary Spencer and Cartwright’s director of investment consulting Sam Roberts debate the merits, discuss pension schemes’ reaction to war in Ukraine, and explore the industry’s readiness for long-term inflation. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
How schemes can invest in wind and solar energies Podcast: Pension schemes can extract returns from investing in wind and solar energies while dialling back on exposure to fossil fuels. Lombard Odier’s Michael Urban and the University of Oxford’s Matthew Ives examine the opportunities out there for schemes to capitalise on the renewable energy transition. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Universal charges could harm master trust competition Podcast: The intent behind universal charges on default funds is sound, but the method — such as the introduction of flat fees — risks harming the master trust sector and restricting access to pensions, according to The People’s Pension’s director of policy Phil Brown. He his joined by his colleague, head of pensions policy Tim Gosling, to discuss charge structures, decumulation solutions, and baffling pensions jargon. &#10; See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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