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A majority (90 per cent) of U.K. pension funds and insurers say they plan to increase allocations to renewable energy infrastructure in the next 12 months, according to a survey from Alpha Real Capital. The survey, which polled U.K. pension funds and insurers that collectively have roughly £360 billion in assets under management, found more […]

  • By: Staff
  • February 6, 2024 February 5, 2024
  • 11:00

A recent development in the U.K. pension market to give British workers a ‘pot for life’ could reduce the quality of retirement plans that are already in place and create administrative challenges, says Adam Bexson, senior corporate pension consultant at Verlingue Ltd. Currently, plan members are automatically enrolled into a retirement plan chosen by their employer, […]

  • By: Sadie Janes
  • December 20, 2023 December 19, 2023
  • 09:00

More than half of U.K. defined benefit pension plan sponsors say they’d consider ways of securing benefits for their members beyond insurance-based solutions, according to a new survey by Aon. The survey, conducted during a recent webinar among 330 pension plan sponsors and trustees, asked which long-term strategy options they’d consider for their DB plan. Nearly two-thirds […]

  • By: Staff
  • August 15, 2023 August 14, 2023
  • 10:00

The U.K. government is introducing legislation that aims to increase defined contribution pension plan savings by more than £1,000 a year in retirement for the average plan member. The legislation will commit nine of the U.K.’s largest DC plan providers to an objective of allocating five per cent of assets in their default funds to […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 17, 2023 July 14, 2023
  • 09:00
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The largest administrator of private defined benefit and defined contribution pension plans in the U.K. is revealing details about a cyber attack that compromised the personal information of 470,000 of its members. In a press release, the £82.2-billion Universities Superannuation Scheme said its members’ data was held by external servers that were infiltrated by cyber […]

  • By: Staff
  • May 25, 2023 May 25, 2023
  • 12:30

It may take up to 18 months for central banks policies to curb inflation to around two per cent on an annual basis, says Julianna Spiropoulos, partner and head of investment strategy, investment and risk at LifeWorks Inc. “Around the world, there’s concern about persistent inflation. . . . Central banks need to get inflation […]

The Bank of England’s decision to intervene in the long-dated government bond market protected defined benefit pension plans with liability-driven investment strategies, according to a central bank official. “In practice, the move in [long-term bond] yields last week threatened to exceed the size of the cushion for many LDI funds, requiring them to either sell […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 11, 2022 October 7, 2022
  • 12:30
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The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is entering a strategic partnership to develop affordable housing in France. The investment organization’s real estate arm, Ivanhoé Cambridge, has signed a partnership agreement with CDC Habitat, a subsidiary of the French sovereign investment fund Caisse des dépôts et consignations. The partnership will develop houses in France’s […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 27, 2022 September 27, 2022
  • 12:30
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Proposed amendments to U.K. pension regulations could lead to the extinction of smaller defined benefit plans within 15 years, according to Charles Cowling, chief actuary at Mercer. “The potential impact of these new regulations would be significant and dramatic,” he said in a press release. “The draft proposals would force the sale of £500 billion […]

  • By: Staff
  • August 25, 2022 August 25, 2022
  • 12:00

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is investing in a Colombian discount grocery chain. The US$335 million investment in D1, which is owned by the Koba International Group, secures a 19.3 per cent stake for the CPPIB. The transaction is its first direct private equity investment in Colombia. According to a press release, the CPPIB […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 12, 2022 July 12, 2022
  • 11:00