Spotlight on alternatives
Professional Pensions presents a spotlight on alternatives in association with BlackRock
Professional Pensions presents a spotlight on alternatives in association with BlackRock.
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Investors in lifetime mortgages have traditionally struggled with a lack of transparency by providers. Keith Haggart explains how this is changing.
UK pension funds are set to boost their allocations to alternative income assets by more than 50%, according to research by Aviva Investors.
The Lancashire County Pension Fund and the London Pensions Fund Authority have pooled £1.3bn of their existing credit investments into the Local Pension Partnership (LPP).
The Royal County of Berkshire Pension Fund is set to take a 20% shareholding worth £8.2m in Gresham House alongside plans to invest in the asset manager's new alternative investment fund.
Up to 4.8 million UK scheme members invested in hedge funds pay 36 times more in fees than they would for low cost alternatives according to SCM Direct.
Niels Jensen looks at where investors can go to generate returns in the current environment.
PP looks at Dutch pension research revealing economies of scale differ across asset classes
PP looks at whether volatile markets mean now is the opportune time to invest in hedge funds
Alternative investments can be a good fit for DC but the 0.75% charge cap makes it difficult for schemes to diversify into them. Stephanie Baxter looks at what trustees can do.
The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) is developing plans to bring some of its asset management in-house as it expects to see external manager fees rise 50% this year.
The Association of Real Estate Funds (AREF) is to publish a matrix showing how members are performing against its code of conduct.
The Scottish scheme reveals how it reduced costs by investing directly in alternatives
Aberdeen's global head of alternatives, Andrew McCaffery discusses attitudes to the role of alternatives in pension scheme investment portfolios
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.
More than four out of five pension schemes globally plan to bring more asset management responsibilities in-house, according to research.
The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Group Pension Scheme says its in-house investment team has generated an extra £1.1bn in value over the last four years.
The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) is cutting its allocation to cash and bonds to set up a hybrid asset portfolio that will account for 12.5% of its investments.
The National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) has announced that the Pension Infrastructure Platform (PIP) has launched the PPP Equity PIP Limited Partnership, its first fund.
Gatemore's Mark Hodgson says the lifeboat fund's strategy has much to recommend it
Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) has acquired a 49.9% non-controlling stake in the Airline Group in the latest in a string of infrastructure investments.
London Borough of Waltham Forest and Surrey County Council pension funds have invested £20m each in the Darwin Leisure Property Fund.
Defined contribution (DC) schemes offered to staff of FTSE350 firms are still overly invested in equities with stagnant allocations, according to research from Schroders.
The introduction of auto-enrolment (AE) has led to a significant increase in defined contribution (DC) schemes' allocations to real estate, according to a Pensions Institute (PI) report.
Thomas Weber looks at the opportunities for diversification and growth offered by multi-asset alternative strategies.
Ewout van Schaick looks at how mult-credit investing can help institutional investors meet their funding targets.
Pension funds could significantly diversify their portfolios without reducing returns by investing directly in natural resources, energy infrastructure and commercial real estate according to research from a think tank.
Charlotte Moore looks at the trend towards indeces formed using alternative criteria
The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has approved agreements between European Union (EU) alternatives regulators.
Almost six out of ten respondents thought defined contribution schemes could make better use of alternative assets, while just one in twenty disagreed. But many respondents admitted to being unsure of exactly how schemes could make these funds available...
The Chancellor has revealed plans to remove stamp duty on AIM shares, as part of the 2013 Budget.