Industry experts have predicted asset-backed funding strategies would survive a Scottish independence 'Yes' vote as well as current regulatory scrutiny, as greater accessibility has seen the average size of these structures decrease.
The proportion of pension schemes with multi-asset fund exposure has risen to 83 per cent, up from 70 per cent just six months ago, as schemes look to control volatility and mitigate macroeconomic risk.
NAPF Investment Conference 2014: Pension trustee boards can provide a governance training ground for mid-level executives looking to get onto company boards, but diversity efforts have stumbled among member-nominated trustees, experts have said.
NAPF Investment Conference 2014: The Railways Pension Scheme aired plans to increase its exposure to emerging markets, including investment in alternatives, as it seeks further return drivers.
News analysis: Voting strategies are growing in both popularity and complexity among institutional investors, after the Local Authority Pensions Fund Forum launched a drive to encourage gender diversity on the boards of companies it invests in.
Video: Sarah Smart, chair of the trustee board at the Pensions Trust, says its fiduciary management set-up has outperformed its target at lower risk than budgeted for, and explains how the scheme monitors this arrangement (5:56).
Data analysis: Fixed income attracted the most money from European investors last year, but alternatives won on future allocations as schemes look to derisk and diversify portfolios.
Scheme investors are trusting diversification and long-term value in emerging markets to weather current volatility, as Pensions Expert’s emerging market debt survey again picks Mexico as the most attractive nation in which to invest.
News analysis: Despite recent turbulence, Japanese economic prospects opened the window for pension schemes to invest in the country's equities market, consultants have said – provided investors approach it with caution.
Data analysis: Schemes were rerisking in the last quarter of 2013 as they sought to benefit from rising equity markets to improve their funding levels.