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Professional Pensions

Bringing good governance to contract-based DC pensions

There’s a mistaken view that good fiduciary oversight of the investment strategy is harder in contract-based than in trust-based defined contribution pensions. As Tim Banks, our Head of DC Sales and Client Relations, explains, a contract-based scheme that uses flexible target date funds has good governance built-in.

December 13, 2012
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Pensions Week

Contract DC targets uplift

Although not the whole answer, the arrival of modern target date funds can represent a major upgrade to contract-based defined contribution plans by the addition of a professional fund manager and asset allocation oversight, argues Bob Campion.

December 10, 2012
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PMI News Investment Insight

Customising your DC default

Flexible target date funds allow nearly all DC pension schemes to customise their investment strategy, helping to bring the best of defined benefits to the new world of defined contribution, according to Tim Banks, our Head of DC Sales and Client Relations.

December 1, 2012
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Engaged Investor

Creating a bespoke DC default

The advent of flexible target date funds has brought customised investment strategies within the reach of nearly all defined contribution pension schemes, argues Tim Banks, our head of DC Sales and Client Relations.

November 21, 2012
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Professional Pensions

Can defaults accommodate the active investor?

In a word “yes”, argues Tim Banks, our Head of DC Sales and Client Relations, as long as the scheme embraces target date funds as part of an intelligent engagement programme.

October 25, 2012
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Pensions Week

Can defaults accommodate active investors?

A default approach that meets the reasonable expectations of most savers is the starting point in keeping active investors aboard a DC pension scheme, argues David Hutchins, our Head of DC Investments.

October 8, 2012
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Engaged Investor

Is your DC default fit for purpose?

With auto enrolment upon us, HR directors may feel that they have more pressing matters than DC pension default funds to worry about right now, but Tim Banks, our Head of DC Sales and Client Relations, says it would be a mistake to ignore them.

October 1, 2012
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Professional Pensions

The age of default funds

In this panel debate on DC pension default approaches and member engagement, David Hutchins, our Head of DC Investments, argues that a good default can actually work out better for savers than attempts to increase their engagement.

September 21, 2012
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Engaged Investor

Volatility, friend or foe?

David Hutchins, our Head of DC Investments, explains how volatility can hugely improve outcomes for pension savers when it is harnessed intelligently.

September 21, 2012
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