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Richard Greening: End of an era

Richard Greening: End of an era

As Richard Greening prepares to step down as chair of the London Borough of Islington Pension Fund, he tells Mark Dunne about being an active investor, taking on Mike Ashley, dealing with divestment campaigners and being ahead of the curve when it comes to property.

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The April-May issue

The April-May issue

Property: Solid returns

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News

USS and PfP in £330m property bid

USS and PfP in £330m property bid

The Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) and Places for People (PfP) have entered into a £330m joint venture to invest in the UK private rented sector.

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ITV to appeal in Box Clever case

ITV to appeal in Box Clever case

ITV has announced its intention to appeal last week’s decision by the Upper Tribunal, which imposed financial support payments to its former pension scheme by the broadcaster.

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Carillion’s former finance director challenges inquiry

Carillion’s former finance director challenges inquiry

Richard Adam, former finance director at construction giant Carillion, has denied allegations that he described funding pensions as a “waste of money”.

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Carillion bosses saw pensions as “waste of money” damning  report reveals

Carillion bosses saw pensions as “waste of money” damning report reveals

Carillion executives systematically underfunded the firm’s pension scheme, while The Pension Regulator (TPR) failed to protect members, a damning parliamentary report on the construction giant's bankruptcy said today.

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Features

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Climate change: Beliefs no longer matter

Climate change: Beliefs no longer matter

Emma Cusworth

Whether you believe in climate change or not, Emma Cusworth explains that investors can no longer ignore its impact on portfolios.

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DC: A cuckoo not a phoenix

DC: A cuckoo not a phoenix

Con Keating

Con Keating looks at the benefits of a collective rather than individual approach to pension schemes.

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Look after your staff and they will look after your business

Look after your staff and they will look after your business

Luke Hildyard

As investors, pension funds need better information about the key drivers of long-term performance of the companies they invest in – and an $8trn coalition of investors say this includes detailed information about the people that work for those companies.

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Attractive REITs market can overcome rate hike misconception

Attractive REITs market can overcome rate hike misconception

Rogier Quirijns

There is a popular investor assumption that REITs, like other yield-based assets, underperform wider equity markets in periods of interest rate increases. However, this is largely a myth.

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The case for CDC

The case for CDC

Con Keating

This month Con Keating puts collective defined contribution schemes under the microscope

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Friday View

Friday View

How investor action helps cut CO2 emissions