Most asset classes have a long way to go on meeting sustainability targets and the pressure to be environmentally compliant is increasing. Hope William-Smith reports
There has been a substantial reduction in fees across a number of asset classes over the past few years as pension funds continue to apply pressure on fees, Bfinance says.
Derivative-based overlay strategies have become more popular in the past year. Stephanie Baxter explores whether they will be widely adopted by pension funds
Investment consultancy Bfinance has hired RPMI Railpen's Sweta Chattopadhyay as director of private markets to head its equity advisory practice.
Investment consultants are failing to recommend products that outperform net of fees, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has said as its investigation into the market continues.
The FCA's eagerly anticipated final report of its asset management market study suggests an investigation of the investment consulting market, James Phillips reports.
Global active equity management fees for the largest investors have managed to withstand growing pricing pressures in the last few years, according to research by bfinance.
Kathryn Saklatvala has been appointed global content director at Bfinance and will be responsible for the group's efforts in producing research for clients.
North Yorkshire Pension Fund will invest directly in European private corporate debt for the first time following a review of its fixed income strategy.
Institutional investment advisory firm bfinance has hired Toby Goodworth as head of risk management.
Pension schemes with exposure to LIBOR-related swaps could have lost out as a result of manipulation of the lending rate.
Andrew Short looks at the number of threats to the cashflows of the Local Government Pension Scheme
UK - Hard bargaining and encouraging competition helped institutional investors hiring managers save over a quarter on the fee levels they were initially quoted last year, research shows.
EUROPE/US - Pension funds and other institutional investors are shifting away from traditional equity and bond allocations in favour of alternative asset classes, research from bfinance shows.
Schemes will continue to cut exposure to equities and fixed income and shift investments towards property and alternatives in the next six months, bfinance says.
GLOBAL - Expectations for average total property returns are falling sharply around the globe as economic uncertainty, reduced access to financing and increased supply take their toll, research has warned.
Expectations for average total property returns are falling sharply as economic uncertainty, reduced access to financing and increased supply take their toll, a bfinance survey reveals.
EUROPE - Pension funds are continuing to diversify into riskier assets, with interest in private markets likely to increase in the short to mid-term, bfinance said.
Pension funds are continuing to diversify into riskier assets, with interest in private markets likely to increase in the short to mid-term, bfinance says.
Schemes are increasingly shifting towards active strategies as market rallies pushed down fees in 2009 across most asset classes, latest bfinance research reveals.
The Greater Gwent Pension (Torfaen) Pension Scheme has invested £125m in a global equities mandate with Aberdeen Asset Management following a bfinance search.
The Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Pension Fund has appointed Aberdeen Asset Management to run a £25m emerging market equities brief.
Dissatisfied institutional investors launched a spate of managerial reviews as returns flagged during the first half of 2009, research from bfinance reveals.
GLOBAL - Dissatisfied institutional investors launched a spate of managerial reviews as returns flagged during the first half of 2009, research from bfinance revealed.