NEST’s Mark Fawcett: from millionaires to main street

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

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.

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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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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Cash benchmarks hide £5bn under-performance of LGPS alternatives

Stephanie Baxter looks at research accusing consultants of exaggerating LGPS performance from alternatives.

Professional Pensions | 16 Oct 2014 | 10:52 | To read this article you must be a subsriber


NAPF 2014: Geldof urges NAPF delegates to embrace new asset classes

The industry has been urged to embrace new asset classes and retirement income freedoms by Sir Bob Geldof.

Professional Pensions | 15 Oct 2014 | 15:32 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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Boris was wrong to lay into 'old Doobury' scheme managers

PP editor Helen Morrissey says the London Mayor's criticism of public sector schemes was unfair.

Professional Pensions | 07 Oct 2014 | 13:10 | To read this article you must be a subsriber


Sustainable infrastructure: An allocation for long-term assets

Philippe Zaouati explains the unique qualities of the sustainable infrastructure asset class

Professional Pensions | 18 Sep 2014 | 11:38 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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Finding value in a market of strong performers

After a period of exceptional market conditions, Charlotte Moore looks at the steps asset allocators are taking to ensure decent medium-term returns

Professional Pensions | 18 Sep 2014 | 11:30 | To read this article you must be a subsriber


PIC completes £114m student accommodation infrastructure debt deal

Pension Insurance Corporation has provided £114m of funding as the sole investor in an innovative loan which allows the University of London to redevelop some of its student accommodation.

Professional Pensions | 08 Jul 2014 | 12:56 | To read this article you must be a subsriber


VIDEO: Infrastructure Debt Roundtable

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Budget 2014: Pleas and predictions

Today Chancellor George Osborne will deliver his fourth Budget to the Commons. In previous years there have been wild rumours around Westminster about the statement, but Budget 2014 seems a little less frenzied.

Professional Pensions | 18 Mar 2014 | 13:55 | To read this article you must be a subsriber


Intelligent investing: Where pension funds can make cash work

Agriculture, infrastructure and emerging market (EM) debt all offer pension schemes return benefits, but which is the most intelligent choice?

Professional Pensions | 13 Mar 2014 | 07:00 | To read this article you must be a subsriber


Down with alpha: Investors increase risk management focus

More than 80% of institutional investors expect risk management to play a larger role in their investment decision process in future, with less emphasis on chasing alpha, a study shows.

Professional Pensions | 27 Feb 2014 | 07:00 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

Pensions library


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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