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Mike Weston has been appointed as the first chief executive of the Pensions Infrastructure Platform, (PIP), the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) has confirmed.
With one third of the UK’s six thousand Defined Benefits pension scheme covenants categorised as ‘weak’ or ‘tending to weak’ according to The Pensions Regulator (TPR), this autumn will mark the start of a period of retrenchment and reform. UK companies face a period of increased turbulence caused by their defined benefit pension liabilities which could lead to significant financial difficulty or even collapse for some companies.
Emerging markets (EM), a bona fide disappointment in 2013, have cruised back into favour this year, and one of the biggest spokes in the wheel of the turnaround has been election reform. Actual and prospective changes in political regimes in India, Brazil, Indonesia, Turkey and Egypt have helped to boost returns in 2014, swinging EM returns to 6.1% as of June 30, roughly in line with developed markets. And this could be just the beginning.