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Issue : February 2017 (Magazine)

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  • Stockholm, Sweden

    AP3 doubles green bond investments, posts 9.4% annual gain

    News Mon, 27 Feb 2017

    Swedish pensions buffer fund profits from equities, inflation, and currency in 2016

  • Stockholm, Sweden

    AP1 return doubles in 2016 to 9.3% as property, forex lift result

    News Fri, 24 Feb 2017

    CEO says shelving of AP Funds reform meant AP1 could ‘seriously and credibly’ focus on strategy

  • Museum of Art History, Vienna

    Austria's VBV: wrong on Brexit but right on credit strategy

    News Tue, 7 Feb 2017

    Major Austrian pension fund returns 3.4% for 2016

  • Costs really matter

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    Lay representation on pension fund trustee boards is one of the hallmarks of occupational pensions in Europe and other parts of the world

  • Make a bigger pie: Trump's protectionist rhetoric

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    President Trump’s aggressive protectionist rhetoric has raised concerns. Many fear that the measures he is advocating could lead to an all-out trade war

  • Active should mean engaged

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    The turn of the year is a time for the asset management industry to discuss its views on how markets will fare in the year ahead. Unfortunately, too often these views are of little value to investors.

  • from our perspective packaging pensions just right

    From Our Perspective: Packaging pensions ‘just right’

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    In 2001, the Myners report raised the issue of the investment value chain and how pension funds could improve outcomes through their governance structure. It also highlighted market inefficiencies in areas like peer-group herding and investment consulting. The interaction between fiduciary duty and the provision of institutional investment services had not been explored so extensively before and the report resonated widely outside the UK.

  • Analysis: Dutch funds escape cut threat – for now

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    Almost all Dutch pension funds, including the largest five, have made a miraculous escape. For the majority of 2016 they were headed for widespread rights cuts

  • Analysis: Norges Bank - Looking before leaping

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    The Norwegian government is having to make up the rules for the NOK7.5trn (€826bn) Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) as it goes along. One of the principles appearing to guide lawmakers in this process is building up as much expertise as possible before doing something new.

  • Long-Term Matters: Be a positive maverick

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    Trump and I agree on one thing: liberals and centrists love to whinge. If we are clever, we engage in intellectual self-gratification, showing how well we understand the complexity. If now isn’t the time for a big pivot in how we show up in the world, in actions and not just sophisticated banter, when would be?

  • Pensions Accounting: Working together

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    The out-going chairwoman of the US Securities & Exchange Commission, Mary Jo White, wants her successor to do what competing priorities left her unable to do: keep interest in global accounting standards alive. The end game is a possible shift by US domestic companies to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

  • Letter from Brussels: Unclear on clearance

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    The prolongation for 18 months of pension funds’ exemption from posting collateral when trading over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives is leading PensionsEurope to seek clarification. 

  • letter from the us

    Letter from the US: Irresistible incentives?

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    Global pension funds are looking with interest at the $1trn (€960bn) Trump Private Sector Financing Plan for infrastructure construction. It could offer an opportunity for investors seeking stable, cash-generating investments.

  • Pension Investing: Distortions hasten innovation

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    In this third article on a new survey, Pascal Blanqué and Amin Rajan show that as old methods of investing have lost relevance in a landscape distorted by quantitative easing, a search for new ways has intensified 

  • Guest Viewpoint: Rudyard Ekindi

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    ”Asset managers are from Mars, asset owners are from Venus”

  • Germany: A disappointing revolution

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    The government is opening the door to pension plans that will lighten the burden on companies, yet the pensions industry is still dissatisfied, Barbara Ottawa reports

  • Frank Juliano - Compenswiss

    How We Run Our Money: Compenswiss

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    Frank Juliano, head of asset management at Compenswiss, tells Carlo Svaluto Moreolo what lies ahead for Switzerland’s social security funds

  • currencies feb 2017 pt2

    IPE Expectations Indicator February 2017

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    With two full months of post-US election information to sift though, shifts in manager expectations have been as extreme as some reactions to, and rhetoric from, our newest world leader. Even more so than the prior month, the conviction that there will be movements in certain asset classes is surprisingly high. 

  • On the Record: How will your equity exposure change this year?

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    Three pension funds - Amonis, Fondenergia and UMR Corem - talk about equity risk 

  • funds still under pressure

    Pensions In Ireland: Funds still under pressure

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    Gail Moss assesses the effect of two new regulations on the asset allocation of Irish pension funds in a continuing low-yield environment

  • Pension Challenges: Sustainability key to survival

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    James Kavanagh says visionary thinking is needed to meet Ireland’s pension challenges

  • DB Pensions: Deficits are still a problem

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    Mick O’Byrne looks at the accounting deficits of Irish defined benefit pension schemes

  • Ireland's pension reform: The risks of procrastination

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    Since 2010, successive governments have proposed, or at least hinted at, sweeping pension reform. But this could finally become a reality in 2017, as the regulator publishes a report on the market, finds Jonathan Williams

  • Ireland Strategic Investment Fund: Top marks for achievement

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    Ireland’s sovereign development fund is fully established and building up a sizeable and diverse portfolio

  • the active game

    Special Report Active Management: The active game

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    Asset management is attracting growing attention from new competition as well as regulators and politicians, finds Brendan Maton

  • Factors shaking the alpha world

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    Active management is under increasing scrutiny as investors become more savvy about how returns are generated. This is leading to a debate about alpha equity factors 

  • Sharing Alpha: A fair share of the rewards

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    Investors should discuss how they share alpha with asset managers. But it is easier said than done

  • Transaction Costs: Keep tabs on price of investing

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    Commissions are far from the only fees that investors and managers need to take account of when carrying out investment transactions

  • Manager Selection: Active management still valid

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    Jakob Møller Hommel and Casper Hammerich argue that actively managed funds should not be written off yet. The key is to choose and monitor active managers with care

  • Is faith in past winners justified?

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    Oliver Kunkel and Hansruedi Scherer weigh up the risks involved in selecting asset managers based on historical investment performance

  • The trustee perspective: active manager still has a place

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    Alfred Slager argues that active management still has a place as an effective investment strategy but with new metrics, better data and innovation by managers

  • World Trade: Is protectionism on the rise?

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    Developments in the US and Europe presage a substantial change in the conduct of international trade

  • The European insurance challenge

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    European insurers may turn to a wider range of asset management strategies as they face up to difficult market conditions

  • Re-defining hedge fund fees

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    Hedge fund fees are just one part of the cost equation. The real discussion should be about value for money and not headline fees

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    ESG: UN goals strike a chord

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    The UN Sustainable Development Goals, agreed by world leaders in September 2015, have captured the imagination of many in the European institutional investment community

  • Strategically Speaking: Dodge & Cox

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    For most investment professionals the aftermath of an almighty financial crash would probably not seem like a good time to launch an asset management firm

  • Small & Mid-Cap Equities: Smaller companies in a changing world

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    Daniel Ben-Ami looks at how smaller companies are adapting to the economic and political landscape 

  • US: Policy unleashes animal spirits

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    The performance of US small and medium-sized companies has been boosted by an expectation of lower taxes and lighter regulation under President Trump

  • Smaller companies: The lifeblood of Europe

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    Smaller companies are crucial to the success of the European economy. However, the way they are nurtured by investors and governments varies dramatically

  • UK firms vulnerable to slowdown

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    Joseph Mariathasan finds that the UK economy has fared quite well since the Brexit vote, but smaller companies are vulnerable to any potential domestic slowdown

  • Adapting to a new landscape

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    Successful investing in the UK’s smaller businesses requires adopting attitudes and techniques similar to those in private equity investing, according to Tony Dalwood

  • PureGroup: Sensitivity of selected funds to macro factors

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    Data shows the sensitivity of the five largest US small and mid-cap equity funds and the five largest European small and mid-cap equity funds to changes in macroeconomic factors

  • Asset Allocation: The big picture

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    Could 2017 be the year developed market economies see the end of monetary easing? 

  • Ahead of the Curve: Investors ignore big data at their peril

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    News platforms, blogs and social media offer a massive amount of data and emotions which can be crucial in making  sound investment decisions

  • Focus Group: A changing climate

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    The average listed equities allocation in the portfolios of funds polled for this month’s Focus Group is 31%, with the level of respondents’ allocation ranging from 10% to 59%

  • Diary of an Investor: Political perils

    Magazine Wed, 1 Feb 2017

    Last month I met with my old friend Thijs, who is CIO of a large UK corporate pension scheme, working in a small investment office in the UK with an enlightened CEO

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