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UK government due to present long-awaited pensions legislation

Mon, 14 Oct 2019By

Pensions bill to cover greater powers for regulator and frameworks for CDC provision and pension dashboards

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Swiss corporate pensions slide into red for first time in two years

Mon, 14 Oct 2019By

Coverage ratio down by 4% in third quarter, consultancy reports

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​Investors welcome new corporate green debt structure

Mon, 14 Oct 2019By

APG and MP Pension positive on Enel’s general purpose bond with higher coupon on offer if environmental targets missed

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Cash flows in Swiss pension fund market to turn negative in 2043 – report

Fri, 11 Oct 2019By

Liquidity requirements could increase for some pension funds, according to Credit Suisse economists 

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​Danish pension funds improve in latest WWF climate ranking

Fri, 11 Oct 2019By

MP Pension score shoots up as WWF CEO says funds ‘have heard the planet’s distress call’

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Use bond markets to challenge heavy emitters, says NBIM founder Kjaer

Fri, 11 Oct 2019By

New bond issues like regular IPOs, provide an opportunity for scrutiny

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Dutch minister decouples talks with funds about cuts from reform details

Fri, 11 Oct 2019By

Intention set out in letter to parliament about roadmap for further elaboration of the pension agreement 

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LGPS Central launches £2bn multi-factor equity climate fund

Thu, 10 Oct 2019By

The initial investment comes from two of the nine local authority pension funds in the asset pooling vehicle

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​PKA poaches top PFA director to succeed CEO Damgaard Jensen

Thu, 10 Oct 2019By

PFA chief operating officer to quit at the end of the month before taking up the reins at PKA next year

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ESG roundup: KLP toughens oil sands stance, dumping €53m of assets

Mon, 7 Oct 2019By , ,

Plus: Nobel Foundation runs listed equities portfolio through sustainability analysis, NEST produces responsible investment video for members 

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​UK’s new ESG pension rules are just the first step: PLSA

Mon, 30 Sep 2019By

Trustees need to work with their advisers to scrutinise asset managers’ offering, says PLSA 

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On the Record: Lower yields

October 2019 (Magazine)By

After the ECB’s announcement of more QE, we asked two pension funds how they plan to manage the prospect of lower yields

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How we run our money: ZVK

October 2019 (Magazine)By

Gregor Asshoff  (pictured), board member of ZVK, the pension fund for Germany’s construction workers, talks to Carlo Svaluto Moreolo about upcoming asset allocation shifts

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Briefing: Draghi’s parting gift on ECB stance

October 2019 (Magazine)By David Turner

If anyone in Europe was left in any doubt on 11 September about the dovishness of the European Central Bank (ECB) under Mario Draghi’s leadership, by close of business on the next day their doubts were surely dispelled. On that day the outgoing president of the ECB unleashed a bout of monetary easing, in an attempt to boost euro-zone inflation from 1% to its target of “below, but close to, 2% over the medium term”.

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Briefing: US makes rapid turnaround

October 2019 (Magazine)By Vanessa Drucker

Father Christmas delivered a sack of coal to equity markets last Christmas Eve, with the S&P 500 index losing 1.8%, following a three-day slide. Forecasters had previously been expecting two or three rate hikes in December, as Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell steered that discussion. He had mistakenly assumed that the economy had not yet reached a normal, ...

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Briefing: Deep tensions threaten EU vision

October 2019 (Magazine)By Bob Swarup

This is not a commentary on the UK within or without Europe. Brexit has been a compelling distraction but it is one macroeconomic strand in a complex world. The overwhelming coverage has also moved attention away from key internal tensions within the European project. 

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Pensions in a hostile climate

October 2019 (Magazine)By

 Outside the realm of US public pension plans, where generous return assumptions and inflated discount rates are common, the medium and long-term outlook for asset classes is of serious importance to most pension funds. 

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Storing up future pain

October 2019 (Magazine)By

Anyone who back in 2008 had accurately predicted what monetary policy would look like today would certainly have been regarded as unhinged. 

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Small & mid-cap equities: Public or private markets?

October 2019 (Magazine)By

Public markets are shrinking while private markets are attracting huge amounts of capital. But it is still not clear which is the better bet

Emerging market equities: ESG in Latin America

September 2019 (Magazine)By Rodrigo Amaral

An anti-corruption drive by Latin American companies is creating opportunities for responsible investors

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US equities: Past, present and future

July/August 2019 (magazine)By

Are US equity valuations in bubble territory? 

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Long-term matters: How capitalists can save the Amazon from capitalism

October 2019 (Magazine)

When foundations and wealthy individuals launched their Rapid Response-Able Fund (RRAF) in spring 2020, commentators sneered at the “save the world” motivation while others said it would distract attention from the political changes that were needed.

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Guest viewpoint: Jennifer Choi & Brian Hoehn

October 2019 (Magazine)By ,

“Principles 3.0 is intended to offer a road map to optimal partnerships in the private equity industry”

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Guest viewpoint: Tracy Blackwell, Pension Insurance Corporation

September 2019 (Magazine)By

The financial services industry is one of the least trusted in the UK. The Purpose of Finance project aims to address issues of trust and reform

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Greenwish: wishful thinking in the ESG world

September 2019 (Magazine)By Raj Thamotheram

Every so often I come across a paper which I think is a ‘must read’ and Duncan Austin’s ‘Greenwish: the wishful thinking undermining the ambition of sustainable business’* is one.

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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