Investment

Is it time to reassess your scheme’s portfolio?

Professional Pensions | 31 Oct 2014 | 13:12 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

Significant investment shifts by larger schemes are leading others to question their own portfolios at a time of severe market uncertainty, finds Stephanie Baxter

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Central bank in major probe of bond, FX and commodity markets

The Bank of England (BoE) has launched its biggest ever review into the fixed income, currency and commodities (FICC) markets following a string of recent scandals.

Professional Pensions | 30 Oct 2014 | 12:53

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De-risking grinds to a halt

The wholesale movement of scheme assets from equities to fixed interest ground to a halt last year according to data from the Pension Protection Fund (PPF).

Professional Pensions | 30 Oct 2014 | 12:33

Investment Articles

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Hedge funds: Are schemes heading for the entrance?

Aurum's Kevin Gundle explains why pensions are still committed to hedge funds.

Professional Pensions | 29 Oct 2014 | 13:12 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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Do we need to pay good asset managers more?

Jonathan Stapleton speaks to Towers Watson EMEA head of investment Ed Francis about why we need less active investment but may need to pay managers more.

Professional Pensions | 27 Oct 2014 | 15:58 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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EIOPA to probe schemes’ behaviour ahead of 2015 stress test

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority will soon launch a probe into how pension schemes have acted in stress scenarios over the past decade.

Professional Pensions | 27 Oct 2014 | 11:17 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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Cutting through the noise to find investment opportunities

Direct approaches from asset managers are often considered a distraction for scheme managers. Yet, among these time thieves there could be some relevant investment opportunities. Angele Spiteri Paris reports.

Professional Pensions | 24 Oct 2014 | 13:18 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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How Baring is coping with outflows

Helen Morrissey talks to Baring head of multi-asset Marino Valensise about how the firm is dealing with outflows following the departure of Percival Stanion.

Professional Pensions | 23 Oct 2014 | 13:44 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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USS members campaign for representation of savers’ ethical views

Members of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) are campaigning for the fund’s investment policy to reflect their ethical views.

Professional Pensions | 22 Oct 2014 | 13:29 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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DC investment strategies: priorities for 2015

The shakeup coming to pensions in April 2015 has given trustees of defined contribution (DC) schemes a lot to think about. High on the list of concerns is what to do with their investment strategies.

Professional Pensions | 22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

Record bond yields threaten year-end company accounts

Plummeting bond yields have contributed to a £70bn increase in FTSE350 liabilities since the end of last year and a £20bn increase in deficits, Towers Watson warns.

Professional Pensions | 16 Oct 2014 | 16:27 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

Comment: Pensions is the new rock ‘n’ roll

Speaking at the NAPF Annual Conference yesterday, Bob Geldof, explained to delegates why, after 40 years in rock ‘n’ roll, he had landed up speaking to a bunch of pension geeks.

Professional Pensions | 16 Oct 2014 | 11:40 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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Why pre-crisis growth may never return

The IMF is concerned that global economic expansion will never go back to levels seen prior to 2008, writes Stephanie Baxter.

Professional Pensions | 16 Oct 2014 | 11:39

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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.

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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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