In-depth report on investing for our pension fund and asset management readers from our award-winning journalists.
The assets of the leading 1000 European pension funds increased by well over €600bn in our latest survey – a large portion of which can be attributed to strong investment returns on the back of a sustained post-COVID rebound over the course of 2021. Developed market equities returned over 30% in euro terms in 2021, compared with losses of around 4.7% in global aggregate bonds.
It’s hardly news that inflation is high on asset owners’ minds right now. We asked eight seasoned asset allocators, CIOs and strategists the same question: how do you rate the chances of stagflation? And what to do about it?
The emergence of persistent higher inflation, China’s zero-COVID policy, stress on global supply chains, and Russia’s Ukraine war all suggest that the asset total of this year’s IPE Top 500 Asset Managers Guide represents a high water mark.
It’s hard to believe, but this is IPE’s fifth annual special report dedicated to investing for impact: our first impact investing report was in 2018. What has changed since then? In some ways not much. We still have a debate about the credibility of claiming impact in public markets, where the narrative is all about stewardship in the form of engagement and voting, and we discuss the effectiveness of engagement versus divestment.