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  • German pensions: A new not-quite revolution

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    The current reforms risk repeating some of the mistakes of the Riester plan. Devolving responsibility to social partners for creating new sector schemes risks passing the buck

  • Europe: The genie is out of the lamp

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    Times have changed since the Society for the German Language chose Alternativlos (without alternative) as its Unwort (literally ‘unword’ or ugliest word) of the year for 2010

  • Fiduciary managers need more competition

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    The review of the UK’s asset management market by the FCA may or may not result in tighter regulation of investment advice. But the regulator would do well to continue focusing on investment consulting firms that offer fiduciary management services

  • From Our Perspective: Two decades of shifting perspectives

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    This spring marks 20 years since the first issue of IPE. Our founders Piers Diacre and Fennell Betson started this publication with an assumption that funded pension systems would become more widespread in time, leading to increased diversification and a need for clear, well-researched and well-presented information.

  • Norges Bank Investment Management: Strategy shift at Europe’s biggest investor

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), arguably the world’s most watched institutional investor, is considering adopting a risk-factor approach.

  • BHS Pension Scheme: The UK Pensions Regulator and the pariah

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    On 28 February came the news for which 19,000 former staff of the collapsed high-street chain BHS had been waiting: its former owner, Sir Philip Green, was to pay £363m (€414m) to prop up the company’s two pension schemes.

  • Long Term Matters: Disrupting CEO pay

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    The former CEO of the Investment Association, the trade body that represents UK investment managers, has made a disruptive proposal on CEO pay

  • Letter from Brussels: Brexit and equivalence

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    Nothing could be clearer. For the financial sector, at least, there is nothing to fear from Brexit. All the UK has to do is to apply to the EU’s rules – the crucial term ‘equivalence’

  • Letter from the US: Further uncertainty

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    The US retirement industry faces uncertain times after the Department of Labor decided in March to delay by 60 days the implementation of the so-called fiduciary rule. But many companies have already executed the new rule, and will not go back

  • Interview: Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    Peter Damgaard Jensen tells Susanna Rust about the need to keep up the momentum on climate change and develop more green investment opportunities for institutional investors 

  • Guest Viewpoint: Philip Shier - Society of Actuaries in Ireland

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    One of the objectives of the European Commission in the revision of the IORP Directive was to enhance the information provided to prospective members, members and beneficiaries of IORPs

  • On the Record: How do you get the best out of consultants?

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    Three pension funds - BNL BNP Paribas, Heidelberg Cement and Istituto di Previdenza del Cantone Ticino - share insights on working with consultants

  • UK Pensions: Eyes on the real world

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    Investment decisions should be made with a long-term, realistic view of the world, argues Carl Hitchman

  • Accounting: The inflation challenge

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    Stephen Bouvier looks at the complications pension plan sponsors face when calculating the pension liability of their schemes under IAS 19

  • Accounting: Are pension expenses ‘faked’?

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    Alfred Gohdes offers a personal view on an approach to reduce pension cost under US GAAP and IAS 19

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    How We Run Our Money: NEST

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    Mark Fawcett, the CIO of NEST, tells Carlo Svaluto Moreolo what the future holds for the UK’s fast-growing defined contribution scheme

  • Pensions In Austria: Funds take real risk

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    Real assets such as infrastructure are on the radar for Austrian institutional investors, finds Barbara Ottawa

  • Pensions debate in camera

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    Germany is preoccupied with debates on pensions, while in Austria the issue is discussed behind closed doors, according to Barbara Ottawa

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    Pensions In Germany: Draft law under discussion

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    Germany’s discussion on new pension vehicles without guarantees has revealed a much deeper challenge with promises, disappointments and misunderstandings, finds Barbara Ottawa 

  • Aba: DC and auto-enrolment, German style

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    Verena Menne and Klaus Stiefermann outline concerns about planned reforms to introduce defined contribution pensions to Germany

  • A long-awaited reform: Allianz Global Investors

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    The reform to introduce pure defined contribution plans is a huge opportunity. But if it does not succeed it may mark the beginning of mandatory corporate pensions

  • Asset Allocation: Uncertainty focuses minds

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    German pension investors continue to diversify their assets against a backdrop of political uncertainty, writes Rachel Fixsen

  • Asset Allocation: Investors embrace change

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    The latest Willis Towers Watson risk-management study reveals the ongoing challenge that German pension funds face in meeting their liabilities

  • Regulation: Costs not caps

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    New rules for BaFin-regulated institutional investors in Germany might appear cap-free, but costs could restrict movement, according to Barbara Ottawa 

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    IPE at 20: Back to 1996 - four moments in pension investing

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    Fads and fashions ebb and flow, in the world of pension investment seemingly as much as any other. Balanced management is firmly out of favour. Fiduciary management is in. Yet both represent a different take on the outsourcing of investment

  • IPE at 20: Time for retirement ‘SeLFIES’?

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    The potential global retirement crisis needs to be addressed by timely innovation. The longer governments wait, the higher the cost, argue Robert Merton and Arun Muralidhar

  • IPE at 20: Change pension regulation and enhance economic growth

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    Low growth is a worldwide economic problem. Western economies, in particular, suffer from the effects of secular stagnation, balance-sheet recession and stringent budgetary rules prohibiting extra government spending, write Jean Frijns, Theo van der Klundert and Anton van Nunen

  • IPE at 20: Insights from 100 conversations

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    While researching his book on the future of pension management, Keith Ambachtsheer spoke to some 100 pension funds from all around the world. He shares insights from those conversations

  • IPE at 20: Mental models of the future

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    When IPE was founded in 1997, the mainstream investment approach was based on the Modern Portfolio Theory. The approach allowed users to apply statistical and mathematical protocols to construct portfolios, which was convenient

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    IPE at 20: Writing on the walls

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    Economists love cycles. But the only well-known economist also known as a good investor was John Maynard Keynes

  • IPE at 20: The purpose of investment

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    The management industry must evolve to become primarily a stewardship provider or it may lose its social licence to operate

  • IPE at 20: Time for a new implicit contract in alternative investments

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    An outstanding phenomenon of the past 20 years is the relentless rise of alternative investments, say Amin Rajan and Anthony Cowell

  • Special Report Consultants: A testing time

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority is assessing whether a lack of competition among pension consultants is hurting UK pension schemes

  • Consultants: Changing roles

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    IPE asked pension consultants across Europe and beyond how they are responding to changes in the wider pension sector. Here is a selection of their views

  • Europe: Managing geopolitical risk

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    European investors face an unprecedented array of political risks over the next few months. Daniel Ben-Ami reports 

  • India: Tax net benefits from bold move

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    Joseph Mariathasan finds India’s recent demonetisation exercise has caused some economic pain but it has also greatly increased the number of taxpayers in the country 

  • ESG: From niche to norm?

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    Susanna Rust charts the evolution of responsible investment over the past 20 years

  • Strategically Speaking: ChinaAMC

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    Asset management is one of the few areas of business where, so far at least, the Chinese have made little global impact. No Chinese firm was even in the top 100 in the 2016 IPE rankings

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    Investing In European Equities: Worrying times

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    Political uncertainty in Europe poses dangers and offers  opportunities. Joseph Mariathasan investigates

  • Asset Allocation: Defining Europe for investors

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    Investors looking to invest in European equities have to decide on what countries to include as well as exclude, as their choices could have significant impacts on portfolio performance, finds Joseph Mariathasan

  • Financials regain some lustre

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    Investors are becoming more positive about financials as they stand to gain from stronger growth and higher inflation, finds David Turner  

  • Pure Group: Sensitivity of selected European equity funds to macro factors

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    The chart data shows the sensitivity of the five largest European equity funds to changes in economic factors: European default spreads, European term spreads, European inflation and volatility of European stocks

  • Asset Allocation: The big picture

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    So the world economy continues to expand, albeit at quite a modest pace. Many observers remain cautious that this upswing will go the way of all the other post-financial crisis recoveries and run out of steam, perhaps soon. But the synchronisation of these reflationary signs across the world gives others hope that the current growth upturn will be sustained. 

  • Ahead of the Curve: A real asset in DC plans

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    Vince Childers says that in today’s environment, real assets can provide diversification, long-term return potential and inflation protection

  • Focus Group: Do consultants add value?

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    Three-quarters of the investors polled for this month’s Focus Group say investment consultants have added value to their investment portfolio

  • Diary of an Investor: Reading the coffee grains

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    Can you guess the topic of discussion of the latest Wasserdicht global investment committee? You probably can: it was political risk

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    IPE Expectations Indicator April 2017

    Magazine Fri, 31 Mar 2017

    The latest manager poll has two main themes: markets are weak and levels of sentiment are extreme.

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