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Switzerland presents unchanged pension reform despite criticism

Thu, 20 Nov 2014By

Pension fund association ASIP says failure to streamline reform plans could result in no-vote against draft

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EIOPA ‘founding father’ backs greater powers for supervisor

Thu, 20 Nov 2014By

Author of report that recommended launch of current ESA model says supervisors must go where they wish to, “without permission”

Nyhavn in Copenhagen, Denmark

PensionDanmark sees business swell on transfers from other schemes

Thu, 20 Nov 2014By

Investment return more than triples over first nine months of year

Market data

Nearly 80% of pension funds to take on more risk, study predicts

Wed, 19 Nov 2014By

Sixty percent aim to increase private equity exposure, 29% hedge funds, according to State Street

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Independent price verification: Tackling new pricing challenges

Wed, 19 Nov 2014By Steve Engdahl

Steve Engdahl addresses the latest pricing challenges facing asset managers

Lifeboat

PPF throws down gauntlet to advisers on ABC valuation ‘duty of care’

Wed, 19 Nov 2014By

Lifeboat fund defends demands for independent valuation of ABCs in levy calculation with legal duty of care

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Wednesday people roundup

Wed, 19 Nov 2014By

Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management, NEST,  Lloyds Bank, Pemberton, Mercer, KGAL

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Switzerland’s Publica tenders infrastructure debt mandate

Wed, 19 Nov 2014By IPE Staff

Swiss federal fund searches for infrastructure debt manager as alternative to equities

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Academics agree radical proposal to reform Dutch pension system

Wed, 19 Nov 2014By

Groundbreaking blueprint gives clear individual ownership rights, combined with protection of collective risk sharing

Frankfurt, Germany

PensionsEurope conference: EIOPA warns against DB-sponsor dependence

Tue, 18 Nov 2014By

Chairman warns pension funds not to depend on sponsor support to fulfil benefit promises

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USS to delegate investment decisions to internal experts

Tue, 18 Nov 2014By

Chief executive Bill Galvin says move to give USSIM delegated responsibilities over investments to take place soon

The city of Glasgow

Hearthstone aims for £150m investments as Scottish housing fund launches

Tue, 18 Nov 2014By

Manager in talks with other Scottish pension funds following Falkirk commitment

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How We Run Our Money: In search of a future-proof ATP

November 2014 (Magazine)By Caroline Liinanki

Henrik Gade Jepsen, chief investment officer of ATP, tells Caroline Liinanki why he thinks the fund must adapt its portfolio structure

Strategically Speaking - Majedie Asset Management: Global, naturally

November 2014 (Magazine)By

Before this year, Majedie Asset Management had rolled out just five products since it was established in 2002 – one of which was a concentrated version of another. By those standards, 2014 has seen riotous activity, with the summer launches of a US equities fund and two global funds adding to the existing line-up of UK equity and global long/short funds.

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How We Run Our Money: In search of a future-proof ATP

November 2014 (Magazine)By Caroline Liinanki

Henrik Gade Jepsen, chief investment officer of ATP, tells Caroline Liinanki why he thinks the fund must adapt its portfolio structure

ECB exercise to beef up ABS

November 2014 (Magazine)By Anthony Harrington

The ECB hopes its plans to invest heavily in the asset-backed securitisation market will encourage other investors and ultimately help boost real economy lending, writes Anthony Harrington

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Guest viewpoint: “Macro matters. We ignore it at our peril”

November 2014 (Magazine)By Bob Swarup

Open a newspaper. Any newspaper. Read the front page and then the business pages. Absorb, assimilate, repeat. After half a dozen goes, you may notice a pattern. 

Diary of an Investor: Generation games

November 2014 (Magazine)By Pieter Mullen

Now that my children are getting older they ask me more about what I do for a living and the questions are getting a bit more demanding. My eldest, especially, is at an age when questions come thick and fast. 

All Columns

A-shares on the rise

November 2014 (Magazine)By

There are signs that European institutional investors find Chinese equities interesting. Finland’s Ilmarinen now separates China equity holdings (A and H-shares), in its reports, and Denmark’s AP Pension has boosted its China equity exposure to 5%, although it has excluded domestic property and banks.

That’s about the size of it

November 2014 (Magazine)By

In late September, one of the world’s largest pension funds ditched its hedge funds, and one of the world’s largest mutual funds lost its manager. One decision made sense, but not for the reasons most commentators put forward. The other made sense, despite all the focus on the nonsense surrounding it.

All Analysis and Opinion

Investing In Global Equities: Multiple problems

November 2014 (Magazine)

Does the vast amount of central bank liquidity in the system help to make sense of current equity valuations, and should investors therefore be worried about the ‘punch bowl’ being taken away? Joseph Mariathasan tries to evaluate today’s valuations

High-yield Bonds & Loans: Revolution from above and below

October 2014 (Magazine)By Joseph Mariathasan,

Few markets outside the emerging world have changed to the extent that European high-yield has over recent years. Joseph Mariathasan and Martin Steward find transformation coming from the massive to the micro, from above and below

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Geneva, Switzerland

Mandate roundup: Publica, IPE-Quest, Newham Pension Fund

Thu, 20 Nov 2014By IPE Staff

Swiss pension fund adds private placement mandate in investment overhaul

Market data

Nearly 80% of pension funds to take on more risk, study predicts

Wed, 19 Nov 2014By

Sixty percent aim to increase private equity exposure, 29% hedge funds, according to State Street

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Asset Allocation - Ahead of the Curve: Contagion spreads

November 2014 (Magazine)By

Achilles Risvas assesses the potentially devastating knock-on effects of a fall in bond prices and a flight from credit

Post-crisis or pre-crisis?

October 2014 (Magazine)By

History warns us that the next crisis is just around the corner. Arturo Bris outlines the shapes it is taking and what we can do to mitigate it

No place like homes

September 2014 (Magazine)By

Christophe Caspar looks into whether or not European housing is a safe home for fixed income investors

Bolt the penthouse door

July 2014 (Magazine)By

The apparent recovery in the UK and converging spreads in euro-zone bond markets mask deep structural flaws in economies that have seen little genuine reform, argues Eamonn Butler

All Ahead of The Curve