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Regulator fines former Standard Life subsidiary £31m over annuity misselling

Tue, 23 Jul 2019By

Standard Life Assurance failed to have robust systems and controls around its pension annuity sales, according to the FCA

Boris Johnson

New UK leader faces same Brexit challenges, say managers

Tue, 23 Jul 2019By

Boris Johnson, former mayor of London, will become the UK’s prime minister tomorrow with the UK’s EU departure date of 31 October looming large on the horizon

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Church of England creates risk-focused strategy role

Tue, 23 Jul 2019By

Former Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank strategy chief joins £8bn Church Commissioners for England

Sydney, Australia

€75bn Australian pension mega-merger kicks off consolidation drive

Tue, 23 Jul 2019By Florence Chong

First State Super and VicSuper deal will create Australia’s second biggest superannuation fund, and three more multi-billion-dollar deals are in the pipeline

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Proxy adviser group revises best practice principles

Mon, 22 Jul 2019By

Code of practice updated to introduce new governance, monitoring and reporting structures for proxy advisory companies

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ESMA advises against explicit ESG analysis mandate for credit rating agencies

Mon, 22 Jul 2019By

Watchdog says credit rating agencies should stay focused on creditworthiness, but transparency of how they consider ESG factors could be improved to help investors 

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€21bn pension merger back on track as transport sector schemes agree terms

Mon, 22 Jul 2019By

Industry-wide pension schemes for railways and public transport agree to join forces after 2016 discussions collapsed

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MSCI warns of €1bn-plus funds running liquidity risks

Mon, 22 Jul 2019By

Data group analyses 400 UCITS funds and reports on liquidity profiles in wake of high-profile suspension of LF Woodford Equity Income fund

Stockholm, Sweden

Mixed pension fund response to Swedish government green bonds plan

Mon, 22 Jul 2019By

Financial markets minister Per Bolund says investors will play a ‘central role’ in the green transition as government sets out plan to issue debt by next year

All News

Danish houses

​PensionDanmark, Industriens return to PRI after 2013 spat

Wed, 17 Jul 2019By

All six Danish pension funds that exited the PRI six years ago have now returned as signatories in the wake of a governance review

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Local authority fund shifts £500m into low-carbon index tracker

Wed, 17 Jul 2019By

Swansea Council’s £2.1bn pension fund wants to reduce its exposure to carbon-intensive companies and fossil fuel investments by up to 50% by 2022

All Climate Change Investing

On the record: China

July/August 2019 (magazine)By

We asked two pension funds to tell us about the case for investing in China and their experience with investing in the country

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How we run our money: Eni

July/August 2019 (magazine)By

Carlo di Gennaro, head of global group pensions at Eni, tells Carlo Svaluto Moreolo how the oil and gas company is streamlining its pension strategy

All Interviews

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China: To be or not to be

May 2019 (Magazine)By

Investors are divided on whether to classify Chinese equities as a distinct asset class

Becoming a mortgage lender

May 2019 (Magazine)By

More pension funds are eyeing residential mortgages as an asset class

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Economic outlook: Dancing with steamrollers

May 2019 (Magazine)By Dewi John

Clouds are gathering for the global economy

All Briefings

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Relative response to liquidity issues

July/August 2019 (magazine)By

Equity risk is a crucial portfolio exposure for pension funds and a key driver for long-term retirement outcomes for pension plans and their beneficiaries. Yet the structure of equity markets is in transition, which changes the way pension funds choose to allocate capital to them.

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The Disneyworld trap

July/August 2019 (magazine)By

The remarkable reversal in the outlook for official interest rates over the past few months has received relatively little attention. Until recently it was widely accepted that rates could only move upwards. It looked almost certain that quantitative tightening (QT) would supplant quantitative easing (QE). Now the balance has reverted to further monetary accommodation.

All Analysis and Opinion

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Government Bonds - Euro-zone: Turning Japanese

June 2019 (Magazine)By Dewi John

The euro-zone appears to be in a low-growth liquidity trap redolent of Japan

Hedge Funds - Technology: The next generation

May 2019 (Magazine)By

Advances in artificial technology and computing power are opening paths to new hedge funds strategies

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European Equities - Auto sector: Rough road ahead

April 2019 (Magazine)By

Europe’s automotive industry faces global challenges ranging from emissions standards to trade disputes and radical transformation of the industry

All Investing in...

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Animal welfare: Probing the global meat complex

July/August 2019 (magazine)By Raj Thamotheram,

Everyone knows about ‘big oil’ and how much influence the global agribusiness sector has. But there is less awareness about the negative impacts of meat producers – the ‘global meat complex’. 

Guest viewpoint: Adam Matthews and John Howchin

July/August 2019 (magazine)

“The Brumadinho dam tragedy causes us to question if we have created the conditions for a set of disasters”

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Long-term matters: Exxon’s AGM – can investors learn from the slave trade?

June 2019 (Magazine)By Raj Thamotheram,

English evangelical protestants allied with the Quakers initiated the campaign to abolish the UK slave trade in the early nineteenth century. Two centuries later, the Vatican has said that climate change is a “moral and religious imperative for humanity”. Will the fate of fossil fuel companies be defined by public, sovereign and religious investors? And can other investors watch from the sidelines?

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Guest viewpoint: Beat Zaugg

June 2019 (Magazine)By

A striking indication of ESG’s importance in Switzerland is that Ueli Maurer, the country’s president, will be the keynote speaker at the Swiss Sustainable Finance annual conference in Bern

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Don’t panic (yet) about populism

May 2019 (Magazine)By Raj Thamotheram

When I called for investor engagement with Facebook and the social media giants, I did not expect to see a sovereign wealth fund leading such an initiative just three months later

All Columns

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