In brief

  • February, 2021

    IA and PLSA form stewardship steering group

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    The Investment Association and the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) have joined forces to launch a new steering group to examine how stewardship and a focus on long-term investment can be better integrated into the investment process. It is hoped the group – which will be co-chaired by PLSA chair, Richard Butcher, and global head of ...

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  • February, 2021

    Small caps beat FTSE-All share post-pandemic

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    UK small-caps outperformed the FTSE All-Share in 2020, according to a review of the Numis Smaller Companies Index (NSCI). The NSCI, which has 696 constituents comprising the bottom 10% of the UK main listed market by value, recovered from a March low-point to achieve an all-time high on 29 December and finished the year with a total return of 1.1%. Over ...

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  • February, 2021

    Third of climate funds invested in oil and gas stocks

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    One third of climate-themed funds being sold in the UK were invested in oil and gas producing companies at their most recent filing date, according to research from think tank Common Wealth, highlighting concerns that investors could be misled over the true nature of sustainable investment products. The research analysed a cohort of over 10,000 mutual ...

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  • February, 2021

    LGPS forecast to record negative cashflow in near-term

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    The LGPS will be in an aggregate negative cashflow position within the next few years, investment advisory group Linchpin has forecast, as the yield on assets traditionally used to match liabilities has slumped. During the year to March 2020, there was a deficit of 1.2% in contributions over expenditure, according to data from the Ministry of Housing, ...

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  • February, 2021

    Fund managers lacking on climate engagement

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    The portfolios of the world’s 30 largest fund managers, which collectively hold $50 trillion in assets, continue to be misaligned with the goals of the Paris Agreement and require urgent action to drive change in key climate-risk sectors, a report by think tank InfluenceMap has found. The report scored companies based on three criteria: engagement with ...

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  • February, 2021

    Busy year forecast for bulk annuity market

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    Market volatility resulting from the ongoing pandemic and Brexit could present derisking opportunities for schemes, a report for Willis Towers Watson suggests. Over £30 billion of buy-ins and buyouts were completed last year, according to the group, while more than £24 billion of longevity swaps were carried out. However, a similar level could be ...

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