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Issue : May 2017 (Magazine)

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  • Transition problems

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    The travails of defined benefit pension schemes and insurers are well known as they seek to meet liabilities made in previous decades in today’s ultra-low-rate environment

  • Creative destruction is needed

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    The current vogue for optimism about the prospects for the developed economies is overdone. There may be a slight cyclical upturn but its significance is limited

  • A misunderstood shift

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    The system-level implications of shifting from defined benefit to defined contribution pensions systems could be dangerously misunderstood

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    From Our Perspective: Pension roads to Rome

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    Around the beginning of the 2000s enthusiasm for pension funding was at a high. As Germany took measures to unwind the cosy ‘Rhineland capitalism’ cross-share-holdings, book reserve pension liabilities seemed like yesterday’s solution

  • Analysis: US pipeline controversy causes Nordic issues

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    The controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) has split opinion in the US and divided pension funds in the Nordic region.

  • Analysis: A German battle for consensus over DC plans

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    This year’s occupational pension conference hosted by the German daily newspaper Handelsblatt became an impromptu tribute, of sorts, to the influential pensions pioneer Bernhard Wiesner.

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    Obituary: Bernhard Wiesner, pension pioneer

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    Bernhard Wiesner died in March aged 62 in a motorbike accident in Mallorca, his chosen retirement refuge.

  • Letter from Brussels: A warm reception for PEPP

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    In contrast to complaints that Brussels’s legislation burdens the financial sector, the European Commission may be gratified by the positive response to its flagship Capital Markets Union (CMU) programme. 

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    Letter from the US: Risk transfer hots up

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    With interest rates rising, the US pension risk transfer market is expected to grow substantially

  • Guest viewpoint: Francesco Briganti, EBWI Employee Benefits and Welfare Institute

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    It is widely known that EIOPA is studying the possibility of a new EU legal framework for a pan-European occupational defined contribution pension regime

  • On the Record: Do you invest in real assets?

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    Three pension funds - CNPADC, KZVK-VKPB and Sampension - talk about their exposure to real assets

  • Discount Rates: An exercise of judgement

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    A pension fund sponsor in Ecuador has raised an important point about IAS 19 discount rates, reports Stephen Bouvier

  • Insolvency Insurance: Behind the promise

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    Insolvency insurance stands behind German and Swedish book-reserve pensions, but the concept has not really caught on elsewhere

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    How We Run Our Money: Varma

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    Reima Rytsölä, CIO of Finnish pension fund Varma, tells Carlo Svaluto Moreolo why it makes sense to keep an allocation to hedge funds

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    Pensions In Switzerland: Make or break

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    The referendum in September will decide the fate of the Swiss pension reform package. Barbara Ottawa analyses the first stages of the political campaigns leading up to the vote

  • Lombard Odier Pension Fund: A blueprint for multi-asset

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    Lombard Odier Pension Fund has developed an innovative multi-asset approach based on absolute return and diversification

  • Asset Allocation: Ticino maintains aim

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    Pierre Spocci, director of the Istituto di Previdenza del Cantone Ticino, tells Carlo Svaluto Moreolo about the pension fund’s stable strategy 

  • Good governance boosts returns

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    Best practice in governance has been shown to produce above-average investment returns, say Manuel Ammann and Christian Ehmann

  • Asset Allocation: When diversification fails

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    What do Swiss pension funds do when risk budgets are stretched and diversification has failed? Barbara Ottawa reports

  • Fees: Clear on management costs

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    Ueli Mettler and Benita von Lindeiner examine the difficult question of costs in Switzerland’s second-pillar pension system

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    Pensions In France: Why make it simple?

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    French pension schemes are up in arms over plans for a decree they say imposes harmful constraints on how they manage their assets. Susanna Rust reports

  • Agirc-Arrco: Towards a unified regime

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    A two-sided reform appears to have saved Agirc-Arrco, which is soon to become a unified regime, writes Gilles Pouzin. But the new national president will lead the direction of further reforms

  • Asset Allocation: A diversification call

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    Gail Moss writes that French pension providers are looking to diversify their asset allocation to counter political and economic uncertainty

  • Ircantec raises risk profile

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    Appointing an overlay manager is the corollary of a new strategic asset allocation at the €9.8bn French public sector scheme. Susanna Rust reports

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    Special Report: Investing for Impact

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    Although relatively new, impact investing is still the term that has been around the longest to describe investing with the explicit purpose of achieving positive non-financial impacts in addition to financial gain

  • A new frontier?

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    Everyone seems to want to talk about investing for impact these days. But a lack of a common understanding can make this difficult, according to Susanna Rust 

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    Impact Investing Market Statistics: Trends and snapshots

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    Data collected from 62 investors that completed the GIIN’s annual impact investor survey in each of the years 2014-2016, covering 2013-2015

  • Building the car while driving it

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    There are many ways to measure and assess impact. Emma Cusworth reviews the importance of credible data in impact investment strategies

  • Private Markets: Changes in trends and attitudes

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    Anthony Harrington assesses the interaction between the supply of private market impact opportunities and investor attitudes towards them

  • PGGM: Impactful solutions

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    PGGM’s involvement in impact investing predates the UN Sustainable Development Goals, finds Rachel Fixsen

  • ISIF: Double bottom line

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    Additionality, displacement and deadweight are key impact concepts for the Ireland Stategic Investment Fund, according to Rachel Fixsen

  • McKnight Foundation: Sticking to impact

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    Christopher O’Dea speaks to the McKnight Foundation of Minnesota about its $200m commitment to impact investment strategies

  • Listed Equity: A public role

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    New indices and ETFs apply impact investment to liquid equities. But corporate reporting and investor focus are central, according to Liam Kennedy

  • Listed Equity: The five tests of impact

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    Andrew Parry argues that five key tests should be applied to public market investments before they can be termed impact investments

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    Green growth

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    High levels of green bond issuance have sparked investor interest and spawned funds and strategies, writes Rachel Fixsen

  • All investment impacts

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    Institutional investors looking at impact strategies should take a holistic view of their portfolio, argues Jane Ambachtsheer

  • Interview: Amit Bouri - GIIN

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    Susanna Rust asks Amit Bouri, CEO of the Global Impact Investing Network, about the opportunities and risks that come with impact investing’s growing popularity

  • Global Defined Contribution: Targeting the right glidepath

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    Christopher O’Dea finds defined contribution pension sponsors are increasingly looking for more flexibility in target-date funds to cope with changing worker demographics

  • China: China playing catch-up

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    Available figures suggest China’s enormous pension market could mean huge potential opportunities for insurers and asset managers, writes Florence Chong

  • Australia: Advice – better than any product

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    The Australian superannuation system is on the verge of creating cutting-edge income drawdown products. But many leading funds contend that advances in online advice will have a greater impact on outcomes. David Rowley reports

  • Chile: Chilean pensions under pressure

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    Chilean workers face an uncertain retirement future. Poor pension prospects have led to calls for nationalisation, says Carlo Svaluto Moreolo

  • Global Economy: Is growth optimism justified?

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    Daniel Ben-Ami finds that while there are signs that the global economy might be bouncing back, doubts are being raised by the weakness of the recovery

  • South Asia: Adjusting to new realities

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    The Indian subcontinent is adjusting to the realities of the new administration in Washington, writes Joseph Mariathasan

  • Portfolio Construction: Benefits in being ‘insurance-like’

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    Sorca Kelly-Scholte and Michael Buchenholz say that pension funds can build better portfolios by adopting strategies used by insurers

  • Strategically Speaking: Nordea Asset Management

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    Nordea has always been a multi-centric institution. Created from four entities across the Nordic countries, it straddles geographies and markets by design

  • Investing In Private Equity: Concerns in a hot market

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    Joseph Mariathasan finds that high valuations in the private equity market means it can be an easier decision to sell than to buy

  • Venture Capital: Handle with care

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    Venture capital is becoming more popular with investors but picking the right firms might not be easy, finds Joseph Mariathasan

  • Sovereigns look for private boost

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    Joseph Mariathasan says the long-term goals of sovereign wealth funds mean they can tap the potential of private markets

  • Asset Allocation: The big picture

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    With the eight anniversary of the risk asset rally passing in March, many have taken the opportunity to compare the longevity of this bull run to previous ones

  • Ahead of the Curve: Strange days in credit

    Magazine Mon, 1 May 2017

    Amar Reganti looks for alternative sources of capital gains and income streams within a moribund fixed-income asset class

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