Centrica skirts pricey bonds with real assets, alts continue march

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Centrica Pension Scheme is riding the wider trend towards real assets, in a bid to match liabilities, gain inflation linkage and reduce the need to buy overpriced bonds.

Corporate governance tops Unilever ESG agenda

Data analysis: Close to half of Unilever Pension Fund’s engagement activity in 2014 centred on corporate governance as wider trends emphasise environmental issues, calling into question the terms used when reporting such activity.

Funding statement underscores integrated risk management ethos

The Pensions Regulator has endorsed an integrated approach to risk management in its first annual funding statement since the publication of the revised code of practice for defined benefit scheme funding. 

PIPA 2015: The winners revealed…

PIPA Awards 2015

… plus a behind-the-scenes video showing how the judges chose the victors.

Hutton: Transparency, efficiency and investment must improve in LGPS

NAPF Local Authority Conference 2015: Lord Hutton has called on local government schemes to tackle inefficiency and effectiveness ahead of a public sector squeeze.

Merseyside impressed by smart beta, strategy not a 'silver bullet'

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NAPF Local Authority Conference 2015: Merseyside Pension Fund has reported a positive performance from its smart beta equity allocation, while experts pointed to the barriers in using such strategies in fixed income investing.

Comment & Analysis

How the pensions lifeboat is steering towards its 2030 funding target

Barry Kenneth

An innovative liability-driven investment strategy is paying dividends for the Pension Protection Fund, says CIO Barry Kenneth.

How DB and DC funds can outsmart prolonged low yields

With no sign of a rise in bond yields on the horizon, PIMCO's Mike Amey explores fixed income options for DB and DC schemes.

Why investors should customise private equity for greater control

It is no longer better together for private equity institutional investors, says Neuberger Berman's Joana Rocha Scaff, as separate accounts begin to replace funds of funds.

Video

The Review: Poised for freedom but questions remain

Countdown to April part 3

Video: What unknowns remain on the cusp of April 6? National Association of Pension Funds' DC policy lead Richard Wilson, and partner at consultancy LCP Andy Cheseldine discuss what is left to do and how to manage expectations (5:36).

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