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Letter from the US: Industry debates private equity role in 401(k) plans

November 2019 (Magazine)By Maria Teresa Cometto

Should those who invest through 401(k) retirement plans have greater access to private equity? 

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Letter from The US: How boards can hurt pension plans

October 2019 (Magazine)By Maria Teresa Cometto

US state and local pension funds manage over $4trn (€3.6trn) in retirement assets for 20m active and retired plan members. But most of the funds are in bad financial shape.

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Letter from Canada: Considering controversy

September 2019 (Magazine)By Joel Kranc

Pension funds have essentially one goal – invest and grow the fund for members. But what if money-making investments run afoul of environmental, social and governance practices?

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Letter from the US: On a secure retirement path

July/August 2019 (magazine)By Maria Teresa Cometto

The most significant changes to US retirement plans in more than a decade look set to be approved by Congress. On 23 May, the House of Representatives passed the Secure Act – Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement – by 417-3, and the Senate is also likely to approve it, with President Donald Trump unopposed.

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Letter from the US: Practitioners defend ESG from executive threat

June 2019 (Magazine)By Maria Teresa Cometto

The proxy season was different in the US this time around. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) resolutions – as well as the use of those criteria for investing – are under scrutiny by the Trump administration and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Personalised TDFs on the rise

May 2019 (Magazine)By Maria Teresa Cometto

The newest trend in 401(k) plans is launching personalised versions of target-date funds (TDFs)

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Long Term Matters: Time to shit or get off the (ESG) pot

November 2019 (Magazine)By Raj Thamotheram

The ESG project is well beyond its childhood, even its teenage years. PRI has been going for 13 years and SRI activity pre-dated it by a decade. 

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Guest viewpoint: Kerrin Rosenberg

November 2019 (Magazine)By

“It is crucial to remember that the focus on good governance extends to including illiquid and private investment”

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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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Brussels People: Europe’s conservatives eye Africa

April 2019 (Magazine)By Jeremy Woolfe

Describing himself as “the most senior elected Brit in Brussels” and speaking ahead of 29 March when he and the UK’s 72 other MEPs were set to relinquish their mandate in the European Parliament, Syed Kamall is keen to speak about matters other than Europe. 

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Firebrand targets supervision

March 2019 (Magazine)By Jeremy Woolfe

One of the knottier issues in Brussels at the moment is the future of the European supervisory authorities 

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Banking on life after politics

February 2019 (Magazine)By Jeremy Woolfe

At 49, Brian Hayes is young man by political standards. Having started in Irish politics early with his appointment to the Irish Senate in the mid 1990s, Hayes was elected to the Dáil, the lower house, before he was 30, taking a seat for the Fine Gail party. 

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Brussels People – Lieve Wierinck: Building on Europe’s scientific base

January 2019 (magazine)By Jeremy Woolfe

Lieve Wierinck’s main political passion is ensuring the EU takes full practical advantage of Europe’s excellent scientific base

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Brussels People: Sven Giegold, MEP

December 2018 (magazine)By Jeremy Woolfe

While he derives some satisfaction from advances in green energy and the like, Sven Giegold is unhappy that most global investment can still be classed as environmentally unsustainable. 

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Letter from Brussels: Brussels seeks to bolster secondary market in non-performing loans

November 2018 (magazine)By Jeremy Woolfe

Are non-peforming loans an investor’s dream come true? Or do they represent immeasurable risks?

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