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“The uniqueness of what we do here at the PPF is sometimes overlooked by people.”

“The uniqueness of what we do here at the PPF is sometimes overlooked by people.”

Ian Scott is head of investment strategy at the £28bn Pension Protection Fund, which is no ordinary retirement scheme. He tells Mark Dunne about being back on the buy side, hedge funds, self-sufficiency, the trouble with infrastructure and what could lie ahead in the markets.

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