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The man supporting MNTs: David Weeks

The man supporting MNTs: David Weeks

Association of Member-Nominated Trustees (AMNT) co-chairman David Weeks talks to Sebastian Cheek about remuneration, diversity, lobbying parliament and why pension schemes need member-nominated trustees.

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Pension schemes back £185m ComProp fund

Pension schemes back £185m ComProp fund

Eight pension funds are looking to tap the cashflows generated by the commercial property market by investing in a new fund.

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Defined benefit schemes’ Catch-22

Defined benefit schemes’ Catch-22

The head of EMEA pensions at JP Morgan Asset Management has described schemes selling assets to pay member benefits while working to repair funding levels as like “trying to fill a bath with the plug out”.

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Bulk annuities set for “bumper” period

Bulk annuities set for “bumper” period

The second half of 2017 is shaping up to be a “bumper” period for the bulk annuity market, Aon Hewitt believes.

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Smaller funds face funding challenge

Smaller funds face funding challenge

Smaller pension funds endured a difficult 2016 as their funding levels shrank almost five times greater than those recorded by their larger peers, Goldman Sachs Asset Management has discovered.

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How investor action helps cut CO2 emissions

How investor action helps cut CO2 emissions

By Rick Stathers and Tom Crocker

The Paris climate change agreement came into force last month and has now been written into law by governments in 116 countries worldwide, from Sweden to Swaziland[1]. However, if we are to keep global temperature rises below 2 degrees as per the main goal of the agreement, then the actions of governments must form only part of the story. The private sector – both investors and companies – is also crucial, perhaps even more so than the public sector.

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Automatic for the people

Automatic for the people

By Niels Jensen

Mark Carney’s comments last week that the technological revolution will ‘mercilessly destroy jobs and livelihoods’ is contrary to certain logic. Greater automation in the UK and other developed markets is the answer to greater productivity and so to GDP growth. To that end, expect companies operating in and around technology and robotics to grow their share of the equity markets in years to come.

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Falling rate of mortality improvement: just a blip?

Falling rate of mortality improvement: just a blip?

The chart above shows annual male mortality rates in England and Wales by calendar year. The mortality rates have been standardised by reference to the 2013 European Standard Population (limited to ages 50 to 89). So, even though the population of England and Wales is increasing in size and ageing, the mortality rates in the above chart in different years are comparable.

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The alternative investment menu post-Trump

The alternative investment menu post-Trump

By Patrick Thomson

As scarce returns from mainstream assets continue to frustrate pension funds, their attention is shifting to alternative investing. To combat low growth and volatility in public markets, many will increase their exposure to these less liquid assets in the next year. The reflation sentiment accelerated by the Trump US presidential election victory should support this trend, at least in part. It is worth taking a step back to consider the rationale for pension investors adding alternatives and then looking at a few particular sectors of interest for 2017.

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Do portfolio screens affect your bond portfolio’s performance?

Do portfolio screens affect your bond portfolio’s performance?

By Joshua Kendall

Many investors screen sectors or companies out of their portfolios. This might be driven by an organisation’s charter, regulatory requirements, reputational concerns, or the view that some activities are unethical.

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