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  • No DC sugar rush

    Magazine Mon, 2 Oct 2017

    There is a strong risk that Germany’s pensions reform becomes neither a stunning success nor a stunning failure, but just adds to the complexity of German workplace pensions

  • A time for strong nerves

    Magazine Mon, 2 Oct 2017

    It is understandable that investors are nervous. Not only are valuations stretched in many markets but there seems to be a significant threat of military conflict

  • Heed the warning signs

    Magazine Mon, 2 Oct 2017

    The private equity market is showing clear signals that it is reaching the end of a multi-year growth cycle. Yet, surveys show investors are intent to increase allocations

  • Diary of an Investor: Who bears the cost?

    Magazine Mon, 2 Oct 2017

    Sometimes I look back fondly on the simpler good old days. 

  • LD gains a new lease of life

    Magazine Mon, 2 Oct 2017

    New holiday allowances fund will keep Denmark’s Lønmodtagernes Dyrtidsfond in operation for several extra decades

  • Universities scheme faces political scrutiny over deficit plans

    Magazine Mon, 2 Oct 2017

    Given the less-than-healthy state of the UK’s defined benefit pension schemes, it is no surprise that the largest such fund in the country also has the largest deficit

  • Long Term Matters: An Achilles’ heel for buybacks?

    Magazine Mon, 2 Oct 2017

    Investors are salivating over possible US corporate tax cuts. But evidence suggests this excitement is misplaced, at least from the perspective of the end beneficiaries

  • Letter From Brussels: Pension rights for posted workers

    Magazine Mon, 2 Oct 2017

    Discussions over the payment of social costs, including pension rights, for a large cohort of employees from central and eastern European countries posted temporarily to work in wealthier EU countries are playing a major role in the attempt to update the existing Posting of Workers Directives

  • divesting fossil fuel companies has had a detrimental effect on the returns of some pension funds

    Letter From US: Tide turning against divestment

    Magazine Mon, 2 Oct 2017

    Will the movement in favour of divesting from fossil fuels slow down among US pension funds?

  • Focus Group: Spotlight on research costs

    Magazine Mon, 2 Oct 2017

    Pension funds have largely been absent from the debate about MiFID II and research costs. We asked a group of pension funds with total assets of over €330bn for their views

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    Guest Viewpoint: Robin Ellison

    Magazine Mon, 2 Oct 2017

    “The FCA has picked the wrong fight. We need a way to rate alternative investments”

  • On The Record: What is your equity strategy?

    Magazine Mon, 2 Oct 2017

    Solidarietà Veneto, Pensioenfonds TNO and Nationwide Pension Fund share details about their equity exposure 

  • Briefing: FRC under fire on company law

    Magazine Mon, 2 Oct 2017

    Has the UK FRC failed to enforce Section 172 of the Companies Act on directors’ duties?

  • Briefing: Proper plan design is way forward

    Magazine Mon, 2 Oct 2017

    International pension plans involve complex questions of structuring and compliance

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    How We Run Our Money: Joachim Schwind & Andreas Hilka

    Magazine Mon, 2 Oct 2017

    Joachim Schwind and Andreas Hilka, veterans of the German pension industry, tell Carlo Svaluto Moreolo how the country’s pension reform will change pension fund management

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    Spain: A new age of discovery

    Magazine Mon, 2 Oct 2017

    Spanish pension funds are breaking with traditionally conservative investment practices as they strive to achieve positive returns in the low-interest-rate environment

  • Portugal: The Italian play

    Magazine Mon, 2 Oct 2017

    Portuguese pension funds are continuing to invest in Italian debt despite the fears for Italy’s banking sector

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    German Asset Management: A model for collaboration

    Magazine Mon, 2 Oct 2017

    Asset managers may work with insurers to gain business in Germany’s new defined contribution (DC) market

  • Spezialfonds in focus

    Magazine Mon, 2 Oct 2017

    A review of the German institutional fund sector

  • Alternatives in demand

    Magazine Mon, 2 Oct 2017

    Universal-Investment’s latest investor statistics show how German institutions have started diversifying within alternatives

  • Research costs: Managers wrestle with MiFID

    Magazine Mon, 2 Oct 2017

    Many German asset managers have yet to decide how to apportion external research costs

  • Taxation: Changes ahead

    Magazine Mon, 2 Oct 2017

    What are the implications of the German Investment Tax Reform Law?

  • Private Equity: Buying in a seller’s market

    Magazine Mon, 2 Oct 2017

    Private equity has outperformed the public markets for the past five years and institutional investors have been ramping up allocations

  • China’s MSCI inclusion widens the assets horizon

    Magazine Mon, 2 Oct 2017

    The addition of China A-shares to the MSCI Emerging Market index is symbolically important for China and could lead to improvements in regulation and corporate governance

  • Portfolio Construction: Themes for defensive investing

    Magazine Mon, 2 Oct 2017

    Global uncertainties and disruptions call for more care when building a defensive portfolio

  • ESG: Hearing the voices of employees

    Magazine Mon, 2 Oct 2017

    The UK government hopes that strengthening the voice of employees in corporate governance arrangements will help restore public trust in business

  • Strategically Speaking: Robeco

    Magazine Mon, 2 Oct 2017

    Only a few weeks after the 1929 Wall Street crash, a group of seven Rotterdam businessmen set up the Rotterdamsch Beleggings Consortium, later shortened to Robeco

  • Global Equities: Valuations face a structural shift

    Magazine Mon, 2 Oct 2017

    It is not easy to predict where markets are heading in this era of great economic disruptions but there are big opportunities for skilled investors

  • Be ready when QE makes way for QT

    Magazine Mon, 2 Oct 2017

    Market distortions created by quantitative easing could prove fertile grounds for investors when central banks switch to quantitative tightening

  • Emerging markets lag in software

    Magazine Mon, 2 Oct 2017

    Despite the huge size of emerging economies they have yet to produce global leaders in software

  • Asset Allocation: Economic growth holds steady

    Magazine Mon, 2 Oct 2017

    After a quieter summer for capital markets than in previous years, relieved risk assets remain popular. Economic growth has maintained a healthy pace with inflation yet to seriously surprise to the upside

  • Ahead of the Curve: The rise of the cloud corporates

    Magazine Mon, 2 Oct 2017

    Digitalisation has profound implications for how corporates do business. It affects the way goods or services are invented, produced, marketed and consumed

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    IPE Expectations Indicator October 2017

    Magazine Mon, 2 Oct 2017

    Despite rising geopolitical tensions, there was no corresponding rise in negative sentiment in the most recent survey period. That does not mean there were no changes in sentiment trends; only that shifts were mostly slight

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