Industry Voice: Real estate in a world of rising rates

Professional Pensions | 26 Nov 2014 | 17:37

M&G Real Estate asks what would a world of rising rates mean for pension schemes investing in real estate


Scheme sponsors to get £2bn tax windfall following landmark EU cases

Schemes sponsors could receive a £2bn tax windfall following a change in HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) policy on VAT recovery in response to two European Court cases.

Professional Pensions | 26 Nov 2014 | 13:44


Industry Voice: In data we trust - what makes a bulk annuity transaction successful?

Aviva looks at the three things it believes are crucial to the success of the de-risking process and how to arrive at these 'happy endings'.

Professional Pensions | 25 Nov 2014 | 00:05

Investment Articles


NEST’s Mark Fawcett: from millionaires to main street

Mark Fawcett used to work for millionaires in hedge fund management. Now he makes money for the average person in the street as the chief investment officer of the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST). He joined the organisation in 2008 and reflects on the difference between the two roles.

Professional Pensions | 24 Nov 2014 | 10:18 | To read this article you must be a subsriber


Are fixed asset management fees failing investors?

The widely used AUM fee model only suits the interests of asset managers, writes Stephanie Baxter

Professional Pensions | 21 Nov 2014 | 17:25 | To read this article you must be a subsriber


Five stories you might have missed this week

The biggest stories on PP this week involved controversy over the LGPS, an overhaul at Santander's scheme, a new chief exec at TPR, and a PPF sell off. Here are the top five.

Professional Pensions | 21 Nov 2014 | 07:52 | To read this article you must be a subsriber


BIS is not helping to promote long-term investing

Con Keating says government attempts to promote shareholder engagement are pointless and will increase costs.

Professional Pensions | 20 Nov 2014 | 12:30 | To read this article you must be a subsriber


LPFA’s Cockell says LGPS must stop relying on safe assets

The Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) deficit will keep on rising if funds continue to invest in gilts and bonds instead of infrastructure, London Pension Fund Authority deputy chairman Merrick Cockell has warned.

Professional Pensions | 20 Nov 2014 | 10:15 | To read this article you must be a subsriber


Industry Voice: Medical underwriting - is the BPA world catching the bug?

Aviva looks at how trustees can assess the benefits of medical underwriting in bulk annuities.

Professional Pensions | 18 Nov 2014 | 12:15

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Academics attack fixed fee model in fund management

The fixed fee model widely used in fund management only benefits asset managers to the detriment of investors, according to research by Cass Business School.

Professional Pensions | 17 Nov 2014 | 14:02 | To read this article you must be a subsriber


Investment consultant advice loses LGPS £6.2bn in ten years

Local Government Pension Schemes (LGPS) would have been better off if they had left their portfolios untouched for the last decade instead of listening to investment consultants, research finds.

Professional Pensions | 17 Nov 2014 | 13:54 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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Industry rejects concerns over DB return assumptions

Trustees and pension professionals have defended the investment returns targeted by defined benefit (DB) schemes in research carried out by PP.

Professional Pensions | 14 Nov 2014 | 12:57 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

Fine Wines uncorks a custom CRM-ERP system based on the Netsuite cloud platform

Should schemes allocate more to real assets?

Real estate and infrastructure have been on pension fund agendas for a while now. But is there space in their portfolios for even more esoteric asset classes? Angele Spiteri Paris reports.

Professional Pensions | 13 Nov 2014 | 13:59 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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A guide to Pensions Stability


This guide to Pensions Stability explores the new financial and operational model for defined benefit (DB) pension schemes. Pension schemes are still being run with far greater risk than is necessary and there is an opportunity to create a more stable pensions environment for trustees and sponsors.


Joint institute pensions survey 2014


This inaugural survey among 326 members of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the Pensions Management Institute (PMI) asked whether auto-enrolment will deliver on its goals; if contribution rates for employees and employers need to rise; and whether pensions tax relief needs further reform.

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