In brief

  • October, 2018

    New research points to benefits of emerging market debt

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    Most pension funds are underweight emerging market debt and could benefit from a higher allocation, according to new research from the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The research found that the optimal allocation to emerging market debt is 8% to 35% of a fixed income allocation in a rising rate environment. ...

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  • October, 2018

    LGPS Central appoints Hermes EOS for voting service

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    The LGPS Central asset pool has hired Hermes EOS, part of Hermes Investment Management, to provide it with voting and engagement services. LGPS Central represents nine underlying local authority pension funds with assets of approximately £40 billion and over 900,000 members. LGPS Central director of responsible investment and engagement, Michael ...

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  • October, 2018

    Transaction costs material for pension funds

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    Transaction costs make up an average of 24% of investment fees and costs paid by large pension funds, according to research by CEM Benchmarking. The research was conducted among some of the world’s largest and most sophisticated pension funds and sovereign wealth funds. It found that base manager fees are 49% of total costs and performance fees are 24% ...

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  • October, 2018

    LAPF Investments Awards 2018

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    Over 200 people from local government pension funds, consultants and asset managers were at London’s Savoy Hotel to see BBC star newsreader Fiona Bruce present this year’s LAPF Investment Awards. One of the highlights and the most emotional moment of the evening was the Judges’ Award to the late Kieran Quinn, who passed away unexpectedly on ...

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  • October, 2018

    Border to Coast hires three managers for UK Alpha Equity Fund

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    The £46 billion Border to Coast Pensions Partnership has announced the appointment of three external asset managers – Baillie Gifford, Janus Henderson and UBS Asset Management – for a UK equity fund. Border to Coast said that the UK listed equity alpha fund could total £1.2 billion at launch. The appointments followed an extensive manager selection ...

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  • October, 2018

    Merseyside selects new sustainability index

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    The £9 billion Merseyside Pension Fund has decided to use a new “smart sustainability”, multi-factor climate index from FTSE Russell within its listed equity portfolio. Merseyside said it chose the index as it would help with the implementation of its climate risk strategy within its listed equity portfolio. Merseyside Pension Fund investment ...

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