Chris Wagstaff
Chris Wagstaff

Chris Wagstaff

Head of Pensions Investment & Education

Latest articles

July 2022

Fixing Defined Contribution: A five-pronged approach

In this paper, we provide a flavour of what needs to change if defined contribution (DC) outcomes in the UK are to improve materially and sustainably and good outcomes are to become the norm. Spoiler alert: it isn’t just the one silver bullet that’ll fix DC.
April 2022

Pensions Watch – Issue 18: What’s been happening and what’s on the horizon in the world of pensions

Pensions Watch has long maintained that successfully running a pension scheme has increasingly become a complex exercise in risk management.
February 2022

Pensions Watch – Issue 17: What’s been happening and what’s on the horizon in the world of pensions

In this edition of Pensions Watch we look at the central role played by Liability Driven Investment in the risk management of defined benefit pension schemes and consider whether a new economic environment of punchy inflation numbers and rising bond yields changes anything for this crucial aspect of risk management.
November 2021

Pensions Watch – Issue 15: What’s been happening and what’s on the horizon in the world of pensions

In this edition of Pensions Watch, we consider the proposed reforms to one of the world’s leading pension systems – that of the Netherlands. Crucially, we assess whether, post-reforms, the Netherlands can continue to set the bar for the three broad factors that determine pre-eminence in pension system design and if the reforms set a blueprint for other systems, facing the same challenges, to follow.
November 2021

Pensions Watch – Issue 14: What’s been happening and what’s on the horizon in the world of pensions

In Pensions Watch edition 5 (January 2021), we predicted that 2021 could be the year that the UK pension system was propelled up the global rankings, from its lowly and long-standing C+ rating, by the influential annual Mercer CFA Institute Global Pension Index.
October 2021

Pensions Watch – Issue 13: What’s been happening and what’s on the horizon in the world of pensions

According to the 2021 edition of the Pension Policy Institute’s (PPI) The DC Future Book, more than 95% of members of trust-based Defined Contribution (DC) schemes (including master trusts) are invested in their scheme’s default fund.
September 2021

Pensions Watch – Issue 12: What’s been happening and what’s on the horizon in the world of pensions

With the recent launch of the 7th annual edition of the Pension Policy Institute’s (PPI’s) The DC Future Book, compiled, as it has been since its inception, in association with Columbia Threadneedle Investments, we look at the key findings of this year’s research and what actions should be considered if good retirement outcomes are to become the norm.
August 2021

Pensions watch – Issue 11: What’s been happening and what’s on the horizon in the world of pensions

Securing value for money, or value for members, particularly from a scheme’s asset managers, is central to achieving good retirement outcomes. With this in mind, we consider what constitutes value for money and whether it is being achieved.
June 2021

Pensions watch – Issue 10: What’s been happening and what’s on the horizon in the world of pensions

With trustee investment governance, in many cases, being tested to the limit, not least in the early stages of the pandemic, in this edition we focus on generating better pension outcomes through improved investment governance and innovative investment thinking.
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Latest articles

July 2022

Fixing Defined Contribution: A five-pronged approach

In this paper, we provide a flavour of what needs to change if defined contribution (DC) outcomes in the UK are to improve materially and sustainably and good outcomes are to become the norm. Spoiler alert: it isn’t just the one silver bullet that’ll fix DC.
April 2022

Pensions Watch – Issue 18: What’s been happening and what’s on the horizon in the world of pensions

Pensions Watch has long maintained that successfully running a pension scheme has increasingly become a complex exercise in risk management.
February 2022

Pensions Watch – Issue 17: What’s been happening and what’s on the horizon in the world of pensions

In this edition of Pensions Watch we look at the central role played by Liability Driven Investment in the risk management of defined benefit pension schemes and consider whether a new economic environment of punchy inflation numbers and rising bond yields changes anything for this crucial aspect of risk management.
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