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Pension trustees given vote of confidence

Pension trustees have been given a vote of confidence as competent handlers of pension funds in research from Watson Wyatt and Cranfield University School of Management. Despite 74 per cent of trustees having backgrounds unrelated to finance, the research found trustees make responsible decisions with pension funds. But the most training a trustee had received was just three days.

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