A host of Mercer’s most senior investment professionals along with a range of independent trustees, asset managers, and fiduciary evaluators spoke at PP’s inaugural DeskFlix to discuss how schemes are coping with the Covid-19 crisis and what these sorts of events can teach us for the future.
PP's first virtual DeskFlix event was broadcast on 23 June and saw our speakers open up as to the market outlook for schemes, the opportunities the current crisis presents, and the future of governance in a post-Covid-19 world.
You can view the event on demand here.
The event included a live presentation from Mercer's head of UK fiduciary management Dan Melley on what these crises tell us about the future, and a session on the market outlook for the months ahead by Mercer's head of asset allocation Rupert Watson.
It also included a live interview between Mercer EMEA and Asia CIO Niall O'Sullivan and PP editor Jonathan Stapleton on making hay when the sun isn't shining - looking at how schemes can offset market pain through the way they govern their schemes.
The DeskFlix event also looked at areas in which schemes may be able to find value in the current market environment - with KKR's Chris Sheldon and Ares Management's Blair Jacobson taking a look at the opportunities within corporate credit and privately generating returns as options for consideration by schemes.
And, at a time of immense change for fiduciary management following the Competition and Markets Authority's review into the sector, Ross Trustees' Susan Andrews and XPS Pensions Group's André Kerr spoke as part of a panel discussing the future of UK fiduciary management.
Listen to the event on demand here.
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