Brendan Maton

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    Special Report

    Risk transfer special report: Pension liabilities shift to insurers

    February 2024 (magazine)

    New players are waiting to enter the UK pension risk transfer market but this will depend on how accommodating Solvency UK will be

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    Special Report

    Double-edged benefits of litigation financing

    December 2023 (Magazine)

    European pension funds have become familiar with class action litigation, often tying it in with their fiduciary responsibilities as shareholders. Cases against UBS regarding its takeover of Credit Suisse; EY as auditor of fraudulent German payments firm, Wirecard; and Silicon Valley Bank, which collapsed in March, are the headliners of 2023.

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    Special Report

    Innovation and choice challenge the established players

    ETF Guide (2023)

    The wonderful breeding ground of ETFs means that you can now allocate to any sector or specialism you like, from artificial intelligence to recycled gold; export-tilted Japanese companies to carbon credits. New launches this year include Texas Equity, following the fortunes of companies headquartered in the Lone Star State; the euphoniously named Clouty Tune, which brings global exposure to music, entertainment and media; and Breakwave’s Tanker Shipping ETF, which tracks an index for crude oil tankers.  

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    Opinion Pieces

    Cambridge and Westminster: a tale of two pension schemes

    September 2023 (Magazine)

    The Houses of Parliament and Cambridge University are two venerable British institutions. But the differences in how they run their pension arrangements illustrate the contrast between the UK-style pooled liability-driven investment (LDI) and a more traditional form of pension investing, no longer as popular in the UK but still common elsewhere.

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    Britain’s LDI crisis: When things nearly fell apart

    September 2023 (Magazine)

    On 23 September 2022, Kwasi Kwarteng, the then UK chancellor of the exchequer, announced a £45bn (€52bn)  package of tax cuts. The hand-outs, designed to please key voters, were the wrong gift at the wrong time. For several years, the Bank of England had been attempting to end quantitative easing and start putting a higher price on borrowing.

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    Pension funds at risk from cyber security threats

    January 2023 (Magazine)

    Regulators are increasingly focusing on the vulnerabilities of pension funds to the threat of cyber attack, which can bring disruption and potentially large-scale reputational fallout for schemes and sponsors

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    Special Report

    How green are green derivatives?

    ETF Guide (2022)

    On 6 April 2022 the European Commission announced that derivatives, including futures, swaps and many other instruments routinely used by ETF providers, cannot be classified as ESG or sustainable or green in investment fund reports.

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    Investors grapple with sustainability in short selling strategies

    May 2022 (Magazine)

    The recent move by the EU to exclude derivatives from sustainable strategies has focused attention on the role of short selling in promoting lower carbon emissions