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    • Advisory
    Reading time: 2 minutes

    The Annual Funding Statement appears to factor in some of the feedback on the draft Funding Code, providing more nuanced commentary on covenant and integrated risk management.
    Emily Goodridge and Christopher Heritage summarise the key points here.

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    • Advisory
    Reading time: 3 minutes

    In line with expectations, the Bank of England once again raised interest rates on 23rd March. This is the 11th successive increase with rates now at their highest level since 2008 at 4.25%. The recent collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and the emergency purchase of its UK subsidiary by HSBC, not to mention the Credit Suisse turmoil, serve as a timely reminder that the impact of the rapid rise in interest rates globally has not yet been fully appreciated.

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    We recently commissioned research with Mallowstreet to look at the challenges and barriers to improving diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI) across the pensions industry.

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    • Advisory
    Reading time: 2 minutes

    The latest covenant quarterly contains an overview of TPR’s draft funding code, a datawatch look at gilt yields, how covenant and investment strategy could be linked and solvency II reform.

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    • Advisory
    Reading time: 1 minute

    At the end of 2022, The Pensions Regulator published its long-awaited draft Funding Code and consultation. We explore what the changes mean for pensions trustees in four short videos. Watch them to to find out more.

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    • Sustainability
    Reading time: 6 minutes

    Based on Will Martindale’s experience, he has written his top 10 learnings on how a Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) can most effectively support a firm in achieving its climate and sustainability objectives.

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    • Sustainability
    Reading time: 5 minutes

    Sustainability is dominating Trustees’ agenda with climate change squarely at the top. But the other side of the climate change coin is biodiversity loss, a topic that deserves Trustees’ attention in its own right, with many experts considering it a threat more serious than climate change. Read the article by Will Martindale which appeared in the Pensions Management Institute’s Environmental, Social & Governance Report 2022.

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    • Investment
    Reading time: 2 minutes

    Pension scheme trustee boards have never had such a tough job to do. Increasing demands are coming from all directions; whether that be from regulatory scrutiny, enhanced ESG reporting, volatile investment markets or, as the economic environment becomes more challenging, from covenant risk.

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    • Advisory
    Reading time: 2 minutes

    In the UK pensions risk transfer market, 2022 has been a year characterised by the increasing
    affordability of insurer buy-ins and buy-outs.

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    • DC
    Reading time: 3 minutes

    Next year we will hopefully see the Department for Work & Pensions’ (DWP) eagerly anticipated Collective Defined Contribution (CDC) consultation paper. There has already been a lot of debate this year around the benefits and challenges.

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    • Investment
    Reading time: 2 minutes

    2022 has been the year where the global bond markets have finally woken up to the reality of central banks’ stimulus being removed from the bond markets.