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Focus Group: March 2018

March 2018 (magazine)By

We asked a group of 24 pension funds with total assets of €164bn their views on the current risks and opportunities

Focus Group: Risks get real

December 2017 (Magazine)By

We asked a group of 30 pension funds with total assets of €293bn what risks the markets will face during 2018

Focus Group: Extending credit

November 2017 (Magazine)By

We asked a group of pension funds with total assets of €28.2bn about their use of credit

Focus Group: Spotlight on research costs

October 2017 (Magazine)By

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

Focus Group: EMD inspires confidence

September 2017 (Magazine)By

We asked a group of European pension funds with total assets of €180bn about their emerging market debt strategies

Focus Group: Diversity more than a ‘trend’

July / August 2017 (Magazine)By

We asked a group of European pension funds with total assets of €110bn about governance

Focus Group: Credit risk worth taking

June 2017 (Magazine)

We asked a group of European investors with total assets of €84.4bn about their appetite for alternative credit. The answers confirm that the sector is set to grow further.

Focus Group: Risk-factor strategies in favour

May 2017 (Magazine)By

Over three-quarters of the respondents to this month’s Focus Group are allocated to strategies that employ risk-factor investing concepts, with four of these considering further allocations

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On the record: Private credit

November 2019 (Magazine)By

As the valuations of traditional credit assets look stretched, we asked two Danish institutions how they invest in alternative credit markets

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How we run our money: Amonis

November 2019 (Magazine)By

Tom Mergaerts , CEO of Amonis, tells Carlo Svaluto Moreolo about the Belgian €2.1bn pension fund’s uncompromising investment philosophy

Strategically Speaking: Generali Investments

November 2019 (Magazine)By

A year into Generali’s ambitious growth plan, it looks set to meet its promises

On the Record: Lower yields

October 2019 (Magazine)By

After the ECB’s announcement of more QE, we asked two pension funds how they plan to manage the prospect of lower yields

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How we run our money: ZVK

October 2019 (Magazine)By

Gregor Asshoff  (pictured), board member of ZVK, the pension fund for Germany’s construction workers, talks to Carlo Svaluto Moreolo about upcoming asset allocation shifts

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Strategically Speaking: Wells Fargo Asset Management

October 2019 (Magazine)By

By his own account Nico Marais is an extraordinarily lucky man. The CEO of Wells Fargo Asset Management (WFAM) is keen to use every opportunity to emphasise his good fortune. In Marais’s modest telling of his own story, his success is thanks to the qualities of others, rather than to his own merits. “It’s the story of my life. I’ve just always worked for amazing people,” ...

On the Record: Emerging markets

September 2019 (Magazine)By

We asked two pension funds whether the distinction between emerging and developed markets still makes sense

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How we run our money: PGB

September 2019 (Magazine)By

Harold Clijsen CIO of Dutch multi-sector Pensioenfonds PGB, speaks to Carlo Svaluto Moreolo about asset allocation, sustainable investment and member communications

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Briefing: There is still room for growth

November 2019 (Magazine)By David Turner

Equity investors putting faith in growth stocks – stocks that are priced expensively relative to fundamentals because they are expected to grow fast – received a shock in early September when they sold off sharply.

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Briefing: Alternatives to large-cap buyouts

November 2019 (Magazine)By

Large buyout funds are a staple ingredient in many institutional pension funds’ private-equity portfolios. Focusing on more diversified private-market strategies could be a better way to achieve return objectives

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Briefing: Draghi’s parting gift on ECB stance

October 2019 (Magazine)By David Turner

If anyone in Europe was left in any doubt on 11 September about the dovishness of the European Central Bank (ECB) under Mario Draghi’s leadership, by close of business on the next day their doubts were surely dispelled. On that day the outgoing president of the ECB unleashed a bout of monetary easing, in an attempt to boost euro-zone inflation from 1% to its target of “below, but close to, 2% over the medium term”.

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Briefing: US makes rapid turnaround

October 2019 (Magazine)By Vanessa Drucker

Father Christmas delivered a sack of coal to equity markets last Christmas Eve, with the S&P 500 index losing 1.8%, following a three-day slide. Forecasters had previously been expecting two or three rate hikes in December, as Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell steered that discussion. He had mistakenly assumed that the economy had not yet reached a normal, ...

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