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Impact investing



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FRR launches ESG portfolio analysis searches and updates RI policy

Mon, 29 Jul 2019By

Responsible investment strategy for 2019-23 includes aligning portfolio with 1.5-2°C warming trajectory and defining an ‘extra-financial risk budget’


French government adviser delivers pension reform recommendations

Thu, 18 Jul 2019By

Report elaborates vision of a points-based universal system to replace the 42 schemes that form the current mandatory state-backed system 

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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

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France’s Agirc-Arrco cuts deficit, adopts SRI charter

Tue, 2 Jul 2019By

The reported deficit in the newly merged schemes fell from €2.9bn to €1.6bn ahead of a targeted return to financial equilibrium in 2020

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€28bn nuclear decommissioning fund adopts new MSCI climate indices

Mon, 24 Jun 2019By

Energy giant EDF says it believes in ‘enabling transition to a low carbon economy’ and plans to allocate to assets benchmarked to MSCI’s third range of climate-related indices

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BlackRock cites auto-enrolment, UK’s NEST as model for French reform

Wed, 5 Jun 2019By

Asset manager sets out a host of recommendations for pension saving reforms contained in the Pacte law, including auto-enrolment and pensions dashboards

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ESG roundup: LSE buys analytics provider Beyond Ratings

Mon, 3 Jun 2019By

Also: Exclusions lead sustainable investment surge in Switzerland; EIOPA consults on climate change and Solvency II; UK minister says schemes ‘doing the right thing’ on climate change 

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France’s FRR awards €1.7bn domestic, European small cap mandates

Fri, 24 May 2019By

Award concludes search launched in April last year, with US small cap and Japanese equity searches still outstanding

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Mandate roundup: Ircantec awards five mandates worth €2.8bn [updated]

Mon, 13 May 2019By

Plus: German church fund awards currency overlay mandate to Metzler; Italian education workers’ scheme shakes up manager line-up; Hampshire hires JP Morgan

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Reserves crucial for new pensions system, say French investors

Thu, 18 Apr 2019By

Investor association Af2i sets out views on unified French pension system after reform law passed

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Commission launches infringement action against 17 states over IORP II

Tue, 16 Apr 2019By ,

Proceedings launched for “non-communication” of transposition measures after January deadline

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Custodian KAS Bank embraces €188m takeover bid

Tue, 26 Feb 2019By

Dutch custodian to become ”worldwide centre of excellence” for pension funds with additional alternatives capabilities

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‘Brutal’ stock markets hurt FRR’s return in 2018

Fri, 22 Feb 2019By Elizabeth Pfeuti

French reserve fund posts 5.2% investment loss after return-seeking assets fall 8%

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IORP II: How the EU directive has reshaped the pensions industry

Wed, 30 Jan 2019By IPE Staff

IPE explores how the IORP II directive has been implemented across EU member states

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France’s Sacra latest to launch new FRPS pension vehicle

Thu, 24 Jan 2019By

Insurance sector scheme turning into an ‘FRPS’ with €3bn investment portfolio

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AXA to build private debt partnership with Capzanine

Thu, 24 Jan 2019By

AXA Group companies buy out Eurazeo stake to improve client access to mid-cap private debt assets

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ERAFP awards ‘unbenchmarked’ EM corporate bond mandate

Wed, 23 Jan 2019By

Portfolio run by Aberdeen to comprise conviction holdings meeting certain ESG criteria

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ESG: France’s Article 173: taking stock

January 2019 (magazine)By

France’s ground-breaking reporting duty for institutional investors is being reassessed after a two-year test period

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IPE Conference: Quantitative v qualitative in impact investing

Mon, 10 Dec 2018By

Asset owners from Ireland, Sweden, France and the UK argue that numbers aren’t the only way of measuring impacts

LGIM increases activist voting

PRI signatories elect new board members

Thu, 6 Dec 2018By

Laetitia Tankwe, adviser to Ircantec’s president, joins two incumbent asset owner representatives in being elected

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Pension liabilities set to rise as mortality falls in first half

Fri, 16 Aug 2019By

Analysis from longevity experts at Club Vita indicates that longevity improvements could be on the rise again – which means DB scheme costs could increase


UK MPs criticise government over handling of FRC chair appointment

Thu, 8 Aug 2019By

Simon Dingemans is set to chair the Financial Reporting Council and its successor body – but politicians have expressed ‘frustration and dissatisfaction’ at the process

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Accounting standards board approves changes to DB reporting methods

Wed, 7 Aug 2019By

The IASB sought to address complaints that pensions accounting rules ‘often do not meet the primary objectives’ of accountants and analysts

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Accounting body could drop hybrid scheme work, IASB warns

Fri, 26 Jul 2019By

The international standard setter is looking for help from the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group to inform its work on accounting for hybrid pension funds

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FTSE 350 discount rates more bunched around average – report

Fri, 12 Jul 2019By

Hymans Robertson suggests greater bunching an effect of tougher oversight, higher yields 

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