Day 2

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Browse the exhibition hall and catch up with your peers

Registration opens for delegates register or log in. Take the time to network and browse the exhibition area

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Chairman’s introduction and welcome
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Keynote: Mr Guy Opperman, Pensions Minister
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Time to pick a stream!

Please now select one of our four streams available

DB Schemes

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Partner insight session: CDI

Almost all pension schemes have an objective of meeting liabilities as they fall due. In an ideal world they would do this by investing in a ‘cash flow matching’ gilt portfolio, but this is not a reality. A Cashflow Driven Investment (CDI) approach can provide schemes with a middle path: with a large allocation to public and private credit assets that provide both growth and a greater certainty of delivering the required cash flows without any required future disinvestment in unknown future market conditions.

Jon Exley, Solutions Manager, Investment Solutions, Schroders

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Refreshment and networking break
Please use this time to browse our exhibition area, grab a coffee and a bite to eat.
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CASE STUDY: TBC


DC Schemes

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Partner insight session: A default for all climates

The recent market volatility and general uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic have caused DC pension scheme members to worry as they see their savings dip. Is there a way to intelligently construct a default to prevent a significant loss of retirement income? SEI’s Default Investment Options (DIOs) are constructed to weather market declines. Our investment experts use their knowledge to back our innovative portfolio design which works to protect members’ savings in market downturns.

Steve Charlton, DC Managing Director, EMEA and Asia, SEI
Louise Whyte, DC Regional Director, SEI

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Refreshment and networking break
Please use this time to browse our exhibition area, grab a coffee and a bite to eat.
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PANEL: The master trust jigsaw

Now authorisation has ended for existing schemes, master trusts are facing a raft of new challenges when it comes to keeping up with The Pensions Regulator's (TPR) strict expectations. The next 12 months are set to be challenging and function as the first real test of the supervisory regime and it is imperative that good governance structures are in place to provide clear expectations for decision-makers. This session will look at the current Master Trust market, and what the expectations are for schemes and Trustees.

Michael Ambery, Head of DC Provider Relations, Hymans Robertson

Paul Tinslay, Professional Trustee, Dalriada

Jenny Swift, DC Pensions Consultant, Aon

Lizzy Holliday, Head of DC, Master Trusts & Lifetime Savings, PLSA

Chair: Hope William-Smith, News Editor, Professional Pensions

Stream 4 - Risk

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Partner insight session: ESG - A risk management issue

In November 2020, Chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed the UK would move ahead with the country's first sovereign green bond in 2021. The last year has also seen many net zero pledges and 2025 targets from the pensions market. However, should ESG be considered in a holistic view of your assets instead of a siloed consideration? This session will focus on roles and responsibilities of the trustee board for climate-related issues, how Trustees should consider their process for the selection, review and monitoring of the scheme's asset managers.

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Lunch and networking

Please use this time to browse our exhibition area and enjoy a tasty lunch

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PANEL: DB Consolidation - Analysing the options

In the last year since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in the UK, superfunds have been given the provisional regulatory greenlight by The Pensions Regulator, heralding the start of potential mass-consolidation across the DB landscape. Consolidation into larger entities aims to improve governance, reduce costs and improve the chances that pensions will be paid. This panel will discuss where the current regulation stands on DB Consolidators, assess the different models available, what the expected funding levels are and the governance requirements.   

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5 minutes to move between streams
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Partner insight session: What has Covid-19 done to the buyout market?

If you're not ready or able to buy out just yet then you're certainly not alone - only 8% of pension liabilities in the UK have currently been secured with a bulk annuity. Market volatility seen in 2020, led to attractive insurer pricing as credit spreads widened, could this be repeated in 2021 amid continuing pressures from the pandemic and Brexit. This session will analyse the buyout market and how to prepare.

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Afternoon break
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Partner insight session: The evolution of pension administration

Covid-19 has acted as a catalyst for many business to quickly adapt to remote working, causing lots of processes to become automated or innovated. This session will look at how pensions administration is planning to provide a high quality service going forward. An update on the development of online portals, what that means for the number of administration people needed. It will also look at the question of data; what are the key questions Trustees should be asking to get the answers they need.

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5 minutes to move between streams
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Partner insight session: Cybercrime - War games

A feature of the coronavirus pandemic has been a dramatic growth in both the scale and sophistication of cybercrime. An increase in digital dependence presents new opportunities to cyber criminals. This session will run through a war games scenario, considering what steps Trustees should take if a cyber-attack happens:

  • Issues of confidentiality
  • Who is responsible
  • Who is liable
  • Reputational risk
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Closing keynote: Guest speaker
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Chairman’s closing remarks and close of conference

James Phillips, Deputy Editor, Professional Pensions