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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.


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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.

    Vegan case flags importance of heeding members

    Vegan case flags importance of heeding members

    Trustees and employers should consult members on their beliefs, and incorporate the investment views of the majority in their pension default fund, according to Romi Savova, chief executive at PensionBee, and David Brooks, technical director at Broadstone. The experts discuss the impacts of a landmark ruling finding that veganism is a philosophical belief, alongside other topics, in this week’s podcast. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 20 min
    What falling sterling means for pension funds

    What falling sterling means for pension funds

    It has been a rocky few months for sterling, with the currency falling more than 7 per cent since May. In this podcast, Shoqat Bunglawala, head of Goldman Sachs Asset Management’s global portfolio solutions business, and Simeon Willis, chief investment officer at XPS Pensions, discuss the main reasons behind the decline, and what it means for pension funds. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 11 min
    Tackling the 'long tail' of underperforming smaller schemes

    Tackling the 'long tail' of underperforming smaller schemes

    The Pensions Regulator’s latest defined contribution survey revealed that only 4 per cent of micro schemes and 1 per cent of small schemes are meeting all of the watchdog’s governance standards. David Fairs, TPR's executive director for regulatory policy, analysis and advice, has previously described the "long tail" of underperforming smaller schemes as "unacceptable". In this podcast, Mr Fairs talks to Pensions Expert about what the survey's findings mean, and how the DC landscape might change.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 3 min
    The future of trusteeship

    The future of trusteeship

    Is there a big difference in governance standards between boards with a professional trustee and boards without? Should lay trustees have to demonstrate how they have acquired a minimum level of knowledge and understanding? And what can be done to increase diversity on boards? In this episode, Laura Andrikopoulos, head of governance consulting at Hymans Robertson, discusses some of the Pensions Regulator's 'Future of trusteeship and governance' consultation proposals, and what impact they might have on the industry. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 7 min
    What the firefighters' and judges' case means for pensions policy

    What the firefighters' and judges' case means for pensions policy

    The government was recently denied leave to appeal a Court of Appeal ruling that pension changes discriminated against younger firefighters and judges. What does this mean for government policy regarding public sector pensions? And how could the issue spill over into private sector pensions? In this episode, Rosalind Connor, partner at Arc Pensions Law, discusses the far-reaching implications of this landmark case. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 6 min
    Putting a stop to unsuitable defined benefit transfer advice

    Putting a stop to unsuitable defined benefit transfer advice

    The Financial Conduct Authority recently expressed concern that too much of the defined benefit transfer advice it has seen to date is still not of an acceptable standard. In this podcast, Tom Selby, senior analyst at AJ Bell, and Bob Scott, senior partner at LCP, talk about the impact of increased regulatory scrutiny of transfer advice, the need for DB flexibility, and how schemes and employers can help members by appointing a dedicated independent financial adviser to their scheme.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 9 min

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