Day 1

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Browse the exhibition hall and catch up with your peers

Delegates log in, network and browse the exhibition area

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Welcome

Welcome from Jonathan Stapleton, Editor, Professional Pensions

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Opening keynote address

Charles Counsell, Chief Executive, The Pensions Regulator

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Time to pick a stream!

Please now select one of our three streams available

DB Schemes

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How the CMA’s recommendations have affected schemes

Partner insight session 

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Partner insight session: GMP Equalisation

Guaranteed minimum pension (GMP) equalisation has soared to the top of pension schemes' to-do lists, with 58% stating it is a priority project. Yet, most schemes haven’t yet chosen a GMP equalisation method and are awaiting further guidance and legal clarifications. Things are, however, becoming clearer and the GMP Equalisation Working Group has begun to publish guidance to help schemes resolve the issue. This session will look at where we are now with GMP Equalisation and look at the admin and data steps schemes need to take to complete the project and the pitfalls.

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Refreshment and networking break

Please use this time to browse our exhibition area, grab yourself some lunch and take part in one of our workshops

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PANEL: DB CONSOLIDATION

Consolidation can help schemes to reduce costs per member, improve governance, and lead to more effective investment strategies through economies of scale. But it is necessary to recognise there is an array of options which should be considered; the answer for each scheme depends on its own objectives, goals, and circumstances.

• Superfunds

• DB Master Trusts

• Buy out

DC Schemes

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Partner insight session - Sustainability: integrating risks of the future

As trustees consider new regulation requiring them to incorporate ESG into their investment principles, recognition of the risks posed by unsustainable business practices continues to grow. In this session, we will discuss the questions of how can future sustainability risks be taken into account and how can the social and environmental impact of companies be measured?

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Partner insight session: How diverse is your default?

As the majority of savers are in the default, provider decisions on how to structure these strategies will have a significant impact on member outcomes. However, DC providers have taken very different investment approaches in the growth and consolidation phases. Allocation to equities, bonds and other asset classes can vary dramatically between default funds. This session will assess if there is a perfect model for the default comparing equities, fixed income and alternative investments in the growth stage.

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Refreshment and networking break

Please use this time to browse our exhibition area, grab yourself some lunch and take part in one of our workshops

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PANEL: What is best practice for DC Investment

This panel discuss innovation in the DC market and schemes that are leading the revolution in attitudes to investment.

Trustee Focus

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Partner Insight session: Are members ill-prepared for the risks of accessing their pensions?

Wealth at Work conducted some research with the Pensions Management Institute (PMI) - revealed 81% of the trustees surveyed believed members are not properly equipped to deal with the tax implications of accessing their pension, following the introduction of Freedom and Choice in 2015. Despite the fears for scheme members, the survey found a lack of support, with just over a third (35%) of trustees surveyed providing financial education for their members. Just 21% of trustees revealed they are providing or facilitating regulated advice for their members at retirement. This session will tackle the best way to provide financial education to members.

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Partner insight session: End game journey planning

TPR are actively asking trustees how their schemes are approaching their endgame and at the same time, they’re also scrutinising the relationship between dividends and deficit contributions paid by sponsors of DB plans. Companies paying dividends that are higher than the deficit contributions should expect more focus and challenge on this from their trustees and the Regulator. This session will assess:

• Setting objectives that are right for your scheme

• Identifying appropriate projects and milestones to meet your schemes end game.

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Refreshment and networking break

Please use this time to browse our exhibition area, grab yourself some lunch and take part in one of our workshops

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PANEL: Future of Trusteeship

The Pensions Regulator has been very clear that they expect trustee boards to improve the standards of governance. Asking a number of questions that this session will cover:

• Should there be an accredited professional Trustee on every board

• Can sole trustees effectively run pension schemes

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Closing Keynote: Pensions dashbaord

Chris Curry, Principal, Pensions Dashboards Industry Delivery Group

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Chairman's closing remarks

James Phillips, Deputy Editor, Professional Pensions


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