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National Express challenged by local authority fund body, US union to draft ‘meaningful’ human rights policy
BlackRock, NAPF, Univest, Pension Fund ING, BNP Paribas, JPMAM, Mercer, Finisterre Capital, Generali, Natixis, RobecoSAM, AP4
Loss on fixed income investments offset by equities profit
Former director of Unilever’s Dutch scheme looking to take on ‘new challenges’
Consultancy predicts coming years will see increased use of PIE exercises for de-risking
Consultancy urges government to focus on removal of survivors’ benefits, indexation
Bonus payouts in product changeover take toll on Danish pensions group
IPE gathers a few tidbits of news from last week’s NAPF Investment Conference in Edinburgh
Central bank concerns overs market reaction causing excessive risk-taking by investors – BIS
CIO at Daily Mail schemes says asset managers need to soak regulatory expenses into margins
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René van Pommeren and Ada Wouters-Brongers of the Dutch physiotherapists’ pension fund tell Nina Röhrbein why their fund is unusual in the Netherlands
They do not come any more Australian than AMP Capital. Its parent company started life as a mutual insurer in Sydney in 1849, and is today headquartered in the city’s first skyscraper, which it financed, and which stands on the site of AMP co-founder and pastoralist Thomas Mort’s wool store. Its commanding views of the famous harbour are the backdrop to board and client meetings.
Eugene O’Callaghan, investment director of the National Pensions Reserve Fund, tells Liam Kennedy about the business plan for the new Ireland Strategic Investment Fund and progress so far in transitioning the portfolio into one with a dual mandate for returns and economic impact
Leen Preesman asks the CEOs of PGGM and PKA about their co-operation plans and about the development of supplementary pensions in Europe
Gail Moss speaks to Eva Kiwit of EAPSPI, the voice of public pensions at European level
Paul Read acknowledges that further capital appreciation in high yield is unlikely, and argues that good bottom-up analysis is now crucial for capital preservation and decent returns
Kai Braun and Désirée Springmann describe the major changes ahead for private equity and real estate fund managers
Wasserdicht’s Dutch pension fund is one of the few that has maintained a strong solvency ratio throughout the crisis of the past few years.
“The most important factor that determines the outcome in DC pensions is the member charge, not the investment strategy”
Who would have thought that Davos would take over from the dormant Occupy movement on the issue on ‘inequality’? Or that five years after the crisis the financial sector would still be top of the WEF Global Risks register?
The figures speak for themselves when it comes to the development of defined contribution (DC) pension assets. Defined benefit (DB) pensions accounted for over 60% of the total assets in Towers Watson’s annual Global Pension Asset Study 10 years ago but that share is now 53% and falling; the annual growth of DC assets was 8.8% over the past 10 years compared with 5% for DB assets.
Had anyone told me that McKinsey and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) would challenge the institutional investment system as I’ve been doing, I’d have laughed. But when tipping points are reached, paradigm change can happen fast. Coming hard on the heels of the Kay review and the UK fiduciary duty review, two insiders have acknowledged that institutional investor behaviour is harming business performance and society.
At Wasserdicht Pensioenfonds, some of our trustees have started to scrutinise our internal investment organisation.
Flood protection is generally reckoned to be a sound investment, given the relatively small outlay compared with the high cost to life and property when water inundates homes, shops and factories. When the British Isles were pounded by the severest storms in living memory in February, attention naturally focused on whether budget constraints had jeopardised flood protection, and whether greater expenditure would be needed to secure communities and prevent future floods.
When ex-Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke mentioned the possibility of ‘tapering’ the bank’s quantitative easing programme back in May 2013, the first market response was somewhat confused.
The long and winding road of Dutch pension reforms has reached an interesting juncture: will the country stay true to its collective DB past, or turn into DC country?
Economic commentators in 2013 often swayed in the wind over the course of the year. Equity markets went from bull to bear, and back to bull again, as emerging markets felt the stinging chaos of capital flows, in both directions.
Of the 34 investors polled for this month’s Focus Group, 56% are confident that the world economy and financial system is over the worst. As a proportion of the poll, this is up on last year, when the split was almost 50/50. The surprise, perhaps, is that the swing has not been stronger, given the stellar performance in 2013 of developed-market equities.
Dispersion among the top-performing European small-cap managers could split along ‘quality growth’ versus ‘quality value’, writes Martin Steward
Cedric Durant des Aulnois argues that small-cap investors do not have to compromise on quality – and they can now also get it cheaper
Charlotte Moore weighs up the arguments for a range of ways to access smaller companies – approaches that all agree with common sense, but not always with one another
Joseph Mariathasan looks at small-caps around the world after a long period of outperformance, and finds plenty of reasons to believe that current valuations remain reasonable
Respondents looking for risk-management tools similar to those seen in UK, US
Danish scheme to build new office for Alfa Laval in city of Aalborg
Fund manager acquires €80m German hotel portfolio for new client