All articles by Liam Kennedy – Page 7

  • Keith Ambachtsheer at the 2015 IPE Conference & Awards
    Book Review

    Book review: Ambachtsheer's 'The Future of Pension Management'

    2016-04-15T13:39:00Z

    IPE editor Liam Kennedy reviews Keith Ambachtsheer’s latest book on the pensions industry

  • Features

    Breaking Germany’s mould

    April 2016 (Magazine)

    Federal civil servants at two government ministries are searching for a workable policy to promote occupational pensions

  • Interviews

    Strategically speaking: SCOR Investment Partners

    March 2016 (Magazine)

    It took François de Varenne, CEO of SCOR Global Investments and SCOR Investment Partners, two years to convince the group to hold insurance risk on its own balance sheet

  • Features

    Interview: Gabriel Bernardino, EIOPA

    March 2016 (Magazine)

    EIOPA chairman Gabriel Bernardino explains why the recent stress tests of European occupational pension funds were a valuable exercise

  • Features

    ABP open season

    March 2016 (Magazine)

    Would you set up an ABP now if you were creating a public sector pension regime from scratch for the Netherlands? The simplicity of a single scheme and the economies of scale in investment and administration all call for it. But other factors speak against

  • Features

    Is your roof fixed?

    February 2016 (Magazine)

    With market volatility, oil price falls, interest rate increases in the US and QE in Europe, the investment landscape has rarely looked so clouded

  • Manhattan, New York
    News

    BlackRock to combine active equity capabilities, create real assets group

    2016-01-12T18:20:00Z

    Head of institutional client business for EMEA to move to new position

  • Features

    Outsourcing: Avoid the bear traps

    January 2016 (Magazine)

    In a BBC radio programme last year on business issues, the CEO of Serco, Rupert Soames, said that only “stupid people and lazy people” should not outsource

  • Features

    Interview: Nigel Stapleton - National Grid UK Pension Scheme

    December 2015 (Magazine)

    Nigel Stapleton tells Liam Kennedy about the decision this year to dispose of National Grid UK Pension Scheme’s in-house manager Aerion and how the scheme will be managed in future

  • Features

    What we loosely term ‘hedge funds’

    December 2015 (Magazine)

    In the early years of the past decade, hedge fund managers dazzled pension funds and  their advisers with promises of uncorrelated absolute returns

  • Interviews

    Strategically speaking: Pictet Asset Management - Starting from scratch

    December 2015 (Magazine)

    As in other walks of life, things go in and out of fashion in institutional investment. Multi-asset investing is a case in point. Once, a few balanced managers held centre stage in pension fund management in countries like the UK, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Then, in the 1990s and early 2000s, the orthodoxy was for manager diversification using segregated mandates or multi-manager approaches. Faith in the equity market premium was high, as was the thesis espoused by Gary Brinson that asset allocation is the primary driver of portfolio returns, ahead of market timing or stock selection. 

  • Special Report

    Multi-Asset Strategies: Adaptive approaches

    December 2015 (Magazine)

    Once, institutional investors were happy to set a strategic asset allocation, ahead of market timing and security selection

  • Features

    Pensions and shareholders

    November 2015 (Magazine)

    It is remarkable but perhaps unsurprising how little attention institutional investors pay to the governance of the pension funds of investee companies.

  • Interviews

    Strategically speaking: Principal Global Investors - A glimpse into the future

    November 2015 (Magazine)

    At least no-one dies as a result of what the investment management industry does or does not do. Unlike technological companies considering drone pizza deliveries or driverless cars, and where real issues of safety and liability may arise, asset management executives only have a set of financial outcomes to consider.

  • Newport Beach, California
    News

    Liam Kennedy on PIMCO: Away from it all

    2015-10-09T15:18:00Z

    IPE’s editor, Liam Kennedy, looks back to a simpler time for beleaguered asset manager

  • Features

    Interview: Rolling back the barriers

    October 2015 (Magazine)

    Liam Kennedy discusses the role of research in institutional investment with Noël Amenc, who stepped down as director of the EDHEC-Risk Institute earlier this year

  • Interviews

    Strategically speaking: Amundi

    October 2015 (Magazine)

    Perhaps one of the greatest lessons of the 2007-08 period for institutional investors was about liquidity. Equity markets dropped precipitously and credit spreads widened, while liquidity in safe-haven assets dried up and other instruments became impossible to trade

  • Features

    Prudence penalty

    September 2015 (Magazine)

    As we mark seven years since the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers this month, the blunt instrument of regulation still hangs over pension funds with respect to European derivatives trading

  • Special Report

    Tracking Railpen’s switch

    July / August 2015 (Magazine)

    Liam Kennedy asks Paul Trickett about the progress the Railpen Investments board is making in changing the way it invests

  • Features

    Time to focus

    July / August 2015 (Magazine)

    Few would see an immediate parallel between the pension fund world and that of commercial aviation. Yet the story of the Douglas Corporation is interesting