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    The polls were right – today the UK woke up to a new Government. The Labour party secured a landslide victory. Read our comments on the immediate market reaction and what future corporate activity could look like here.

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    Cardano advises the Trustees of the TotalEnergies UK Pension Plan and Rolls-Royce & Bentley Pension Fund on buy-in deals

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    In line with market expectations, the Bank Of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) again voted to maintain interest rates at 5.25%. Read Ross Barr’s, Senior Multi-Asset Strategist, comments on the latest decision, how inflation trends have improved through the year, and how fiscal conditions will limit the incoming government’s room for manoeuvre here.

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    Mercer, a business of Marsh McLennan and a global leader in redefining the world of work, reshaping retirement and investment outcomes, and unlocking real health and well-being, today announced that it reached an agreement to acquire Cardano in the UK and Netherlands. Read more here.

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    The UK General Election will take place on July 4th. We share our reaction and expectations on fiscal and monetary policy, as well as what this will mean from a UK pensions policy perspective.

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    On 9th May, the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee again voted to maintain interest rates at 5.25%. Notably, the vote was split (7 to 2) with a minority of MPC members voting for a rate cut to 5.00%. Read our thoughts here on the latest decision and the updated economic forecasts.

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    Cardano, the investment management and advisory business, today announces the appointment of Guinevere Taylor to the new role of Head of Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) Relationships. Read more here.

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    The measures that the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) and the Government are proposing would “open up” the DB market and make other options more achievable. Read our thoughts on the Options for Defined Benefit consultation here.

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    Our view is that the Statement of Strategy is predominantly a risk filter tool for TPR, rather than a risk management tool for trustees. We are concerned that in some areas, the Statement of Strategy asks for more than trustees might otherwise consider, and in other areas, the information required falls short of best practice and we have concerns that trustees may believe they are adequately assessing covenant when all they are doing is providing TPR with data. Read our response to The Pensions Regulator’s consultation here.

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    Cardano, the pension advisory and investment management specialist, has been appointed as the fiduciary manager for the Grant Thornton Pensions Fund.

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    The Bank of Japan ended its 8-year regime of negative interest rates, abolished yield curve control (YCC), and phased out purchases of risk assets. David Goldberg, Investment Strategist, gives his thoughts on the market outlook and what the shift in policy means here.