In brief

  • February, 2018

    Brexit begins to affect UK property

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    The prospect of a so-called “hard” Brexit is starting to affect UK property according to fund manager Deutsche Asset Management, with a consequent risk to rents and values. In a UK real estate update in March, Deutsche commented: “For non-prime stock there is already evidence of values declining, and we expect that even the best stock could see ...

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  • February, 2018

    Investor pressure leads to climate change improvements

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    Climate change shareholder resolutions won majority support in 2017 at company meetings, making climate change the most successful area of engagement in 2017, according to BMO Global Asset Management. In its annual report on responsible investment, BMO said 199 instances of change were seen last year, where companies improved policies or practices ...

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  • February, 2018

    Bespoke equity protection recommended for LGPS members

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    There are many reasons why Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) members need equity protection, following a surge in investment markets, according to a derivatives specialist. River and Mercantile derivatives managing director, Mark Davies, commented: “With the 2019 actuarial valuation fast approaching, and following strong market performance and an ...

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  • February, 2018

    PLSA reacts to consultant market investigation

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    The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) responded to the first working paper from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) investigation into the investment consultants market. The CMA paper has the first analysis and emerging findings by the CMA, on the information available to pension trustees on the fees and quality of investment ...

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  • February, 2018

    Sustainability concerns add to pressure on tobacco stocks

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    Fund manager Robeco is the latest investment organisation to shun tobacco stocks, as part of a sustainability approach. Robeco already excludes tobacco from its sustainable fund range and it will extend this exclusion to all its mainstream funds. The exclusion does not apply to client-specific funds and mandates. The tobacco industry is increasingly seen ...

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  • February, 2018

    UK inflation protection costs pushed up by DB demand

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    The demand for inflation protection from UK defined benefit pension funds is a key reason for higher than average market expectations for UK inflation, according to Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM). LGIM head of multi-asset funds, John Roe, commented: “Unlike their US or Eurozone counterparts, UK pension funds will readily pay quite a premium ...

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