“There are also efficiencies in terms of good communications, for instance, and in extracting good terms from investment managers and administrators“And from a supervisory point of view, it is much easier for a regulator to oversee one hundred schemes than 100,000 schemes.”The Authority has previously hinted the future shape of the DC landscape, last year launching a consultation focused on minimum quality standards.It also said that it would like to ensure that trustees could not be barred, by the scheme’s trust deed, from tendering for asset management services – a likely attempt to prevent the launch of master trusts, backed by an asset manager as sole provider.Despite the issue not being mentioned in a recent summary of consultation responses, the Authority still backed the proposal, Kennedy said.“We would prefer a situation where the trustees of a pension scheme have freedom to choose an asset manager, to hire and fire an asset manager – just like they should have the freedom to hire and fire the administrator.”He did not seem surprised that the recent summary of consultation responses had heavily focused on the role of trustees.“I think people were right to recognise that we are putting the trustees, and the responsibility of the trustees and the ability of the trustees at the heart of what we want to achieve.” The Pensions Authority has reiterated its support for consolidation in the Irish defined contribution (DC) market, stressing the benefits of the economies of scale.Brendan Kennedy, formerly chief executive of the Pensions Board and now the pensions regulator at the rebranded Authority, noted that there were “efficiencies in the economies of scale” that could be achieved by reducing the number of DC schemes to around one hundred.Kennedy has previously said that small-scale schemes should be “discouraged” and said that it was “difficult to justify” the continued existence of any more than 100 funds.“Clearly, there are efficiencies in economies of scale,” Kennedy told IPE, noting both the advantages of scale to administration of funds, but also the benefits of fewer schemes to the expertise available to funds.
DUBAI: Delhi Capitals batsman Ajinkya Rahane has urged his teammates to remain positive when they hit the ground after a long layoff due to the COVID-19 pandemic.There was no cricket played in the last few months and the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League, which is now slated to start from September 19 in the UAE, was also postponed in March. “There is no doubt that it will be a challenging trip for everyone involved,” Rahane, who will be in his first year with Delhi, was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “But like everyone else, I’ve spent these last f: Delhi Capitals batsman Ajinkya Rahane has urged his teammates to remain positive when they hit the ground after a long layoff due to the COVID-19 pandemic.w months focusing on my physical and mental health, and taking care of my family. So the time I’ve managed to spend with them has put me in a positive frame of mind.”However, this IPL will be a very different experience for all of us, and we need to make sure that we are all very positive when we hit the ground running. The key is to take one step at a time,” he added. Young opening batsman Prithvi Shaw said: “We know people have a lot of expectations from us, but our focus will be on making the most of the training sessions we get in the UAE, and re-creating that fantastic team environment which made us so successful last year.” Delhi reached the playoffs for the first time last season. “We also have the chance to gel with the new players and then set our sights on the IPL season,” Shaw added. IANS Also Watch: #NewsMakers: The Baghjan Saga