Government sets out proposals for trustee ESG investment duties

Trustees will be expected to publish a statement on how they take account of scheme members’ ethical views, if proposed requirements floated in a government consultation are implemented.

Electrocomponents scheme invests in bespoke pooled fund

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The UK defined benefit scheme of FTSE 250 distributor Electrocomponents has moved much of its fixed income exposure into a qualifying investor alternative investment fund.

Commodity of the future: Does water have a place in pension portfolios?

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Analysis: Progress on sustainability is paying dividends for those investing in increasing the world's water supply and efficiency, but do niche impact investments have a place in UK asset allocations?

Seeking members' ethical views could muddy DB waters, experts say

The Environmental Audit Committee has proposed a requirement for schemes to actively seek the views of members when producing a statement of investment principles, a move experts say could complicate matters for defined benefit trustees.

Should schemes become more eurosceptic?

Analysis: Trustees may be tempted to act upon the past few weeks’ eurozone headlines, which have detailed sweeping geopolitical change across Italy and Spain and frightened investors in the process.

Trustee fears on the rise over Brexit investment implications

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Brexit has grown among defined benefit scheme trustees as a perceived investment risk, according to professional trustee company PTL's latest DB survey, as schemes are advised against making wholesale investment changes over the next few months.

West Midlands to divest from arms manufacturer

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The West Midlands Pension Fund has agreed to divest from South Korean arms manufacturer Hanwha Corporation after years of sustained pressure on the company from institutional investors across the globe in relation to cluster munitions.

Is it time to trim your hedge funds?

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Analysis: Since 2000, there has been an extraordinary rise in hedge fund investment. While only 2.1 per cent of large institutional investors had money in hedge funds in 2000, cost analysis service CEM Benchmarking says that this figure surpassed 50 per cent in 2016.

Rate of investment consultant tenders has plummeted, survey finds

Less than 3 per cent of pension schemes retendered for investment consulting services last year, compared to 18.6 per cent of schemes in 2008, according to research from selection specialists IC Select. 

Pension funds are making good progress with ESG, says Brunel CEO

Pension funds are making good progress when it comes to responsible investment, according to the £29bn Brunel Pension Partnership’s chief executive Dawn Turner.

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