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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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France’s ERAFP keeps its eye on portfolio diversification

Wed, 17 Jul 2019By

The €30bn pension fund is seeking to shift investments towards equities, private equity, real estate and infrastructure

Leeds Town Hall

LGPS pool targets £10bn with private markets programme

Wed, 17 Jul 2019By

Border to Coast Pensions Partnership has launched a £500m private equity vehicle and a £675m infrastructure fund for its 12 LGPS clients 

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CERN gains from real estate revaluations to post 1.3% 2018 return

Wed, 17 Jul 2019By ,

Northern Trust’s appointment as custodian helped address an ‘operational constraint’ in real asset investments for the scientific research institute’s pension fund

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PNO Media scheme credits alts, active management for investment gains

Wed, 17 Jul 2019By

The creative sector pension fund is the latest to see returns wiped out by currency movements due to hedging position

Swansea coast

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

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Joseph Mariathasan: Markowitz, Friedman and the crucial debate on ESG

Tue, 16 Jul 2019By

Should the interests of company shareholders trump those of all other stakeholders?

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Luxembourg regulator highlights hard Brexit implications for UK firms

Tue, 16 Jul 2019By

CSSF requires notifications from financial services firms by 15 September and a further submission by the end of October in order to keep operating through a ‘hard Brexit’ scenario

Swiss francs

GAM completes wind-up of suspended absolute return bond funds

Tue, 16 Jul 2019By

Investors due to receive equivalent to an “average” of 100.5% of portfolio value after a 10-month process to liquidate the CHF7.3bn fund range

All News

Swansea coast

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

Stockholm, Sweden

​Nordea Life & Pension Sweden makes €2.1bn sustainable investment shift

Fri, 12 Jul 2019By

Swedish pension provider says move halved the portfolio’s carbon footprint

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

IPE QUEST

Your first step in manager selection...

IPE Quest is a manager search facility that connects institutional investors and asset managers.

  • QN-2548

    Asset class: Fixed Income, Emerging Market Debt Hard Currency (Active).
    Asset region: Emerging Markets.
    Size: CHF 300-400m.
    Closing date: 2019-07-30.

  • QN-2549

    Asset class: Fixed Income, Emerging Market Debt Hard Currency (Passive or Passive Enhanced).
    Asset region: Emerging Markets.
    Size: CHF 300-700m.
    Closing date: 2019-07-30.

  • QN-2550

    Asset class: Fixed Income, Emerging Market Debt Local Currency (Active).
    Asset region: Emerging Markets.
    Size: CHF 250-350m.
    Closing date: 2019-07-31.

  • QN-2551

    Asset class: Fixed Income, Emerging Market Debt Local Currency (Passive or Passive Enhanced).
    Asset region: Emerging Markets.
    Size: CHF 250-350m.
    Closing date: 2019-07-31.

  • QN-2552

    Asset class: Fixed Income, High Yield (Active).
    Asset region: High Yield (US).
    Size: CHF 500-600m.
    Closing date: 2019-07-29.

  • QN-2553

    Asset class: Fixed Income, High Yield (Passive or Passive Enhanced).
    Asset region: High Yield (US).
    Size: CHF 500-1'100m.
    Closing date: 2019-07-29.

  • QN-2554

    Asset class: Global Real Estate (Equity, unlisted Funds).
    Asset region: World (ex-Switzerland).
    Size: CHF 200 mn (potential for further growth).
    Closing date: 2019-08-07.

  • QN-2555

    Asset class: Real Estate.
    Asset region: European.
    Size: EUR 50 - 100 million.
    Closing date: 2019-07-22.

  • QN-2556

    Asset class: FX Hedging.
    Asset region: Global.
    Size: Mandate size of CHF 1.5 bn.
    Closing date: 2019-08-09.

  • QN-2557

    Asset class: All/large Cap Equities.
    Asset region: China A-shares.
    Size: Unit linked platform (0m USD in initial investment).
    Closing date: 2019-08-01.

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Ahead of the curve: The bubbles to come

July/August 2019 (magazine)By

Market bubbles would not happen in a perfect world. But humans are not perfect and our economies are inherently unstable.

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Ahead of the curve: Unlocking new insights

June 2019 (Magazine)By

Fundamental investment success involves developing a view on global trends and future market directions as well as identifying relevant investments that are aligned with this strategy. This second step of the process is long and labourious. 

All Ahead of The Curve

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