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The Pensions Regulator has fined a trustee £15,000 for failing to report unpaid pension contributions. Smart Pension, which runs the autoenrolment.co.uk master trust, did not tell TPR that nearly 500 employers had not paid nealry £900,000 of contributions that were due. Smart Pension also did not tell members about the problem. TPR suspends trustee after […]

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Hermes unveils new carbon tool to help improve ESG investing

Hermes Investment Management has unveiled a new ESG investing tool to help its fund managers assess a fund’s carbon performance and risk. Hermes says the tool assesses the carbon risk of an investment fund relative to its benchmark and of listed companies with their peers. The tool will also be used for client reporting to […]

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Profit remains elusive for provider-owned platforms

Platforms that started life as part of a larger investment or pension provider still struggle to make a profit when compared to start-ups, research from Altus Consulting shows. In a new white paper, Altus says the key to the “pure” platforms’ success – those that did not start as part of a life company, for […]

Sub-Saharan Africa Near-Term Outlook

By Paul Caruana-Galizia, Neptune Economist

Sub-Saharan Africa’s economic renaissance continues. After growing at an average rate of five per cent over the past decade, the IMF projects an acceleration to 5.5 per cent growth among Sub-Saharan economies in the next two years, as developed economies emerge from the crisis. We expect this growth to be sustainable for three broad reasons.

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