Leicester Uni scheme cuts risk with higher hedge

Following closure to future benefit accrual, trustees at the University of Leicester Pension and Assurance Scheme have decided to double its hedge, as experts emphasise the importance of keeping an eye on triggers and cash flow.

Monitoring key as risk creeps into managers’ direct lending strategies

Increasingly complex models of unitranche loan agreements are being brought to market by managers offering direct lending products, a research paper has found, demanding careful governance from pension scheme investors.

FCA throws cold water on IA input ambitions

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PLSA Investment Conference 2017: The Financial Conduct Authority’s director of strategy and competition Christopher Woolard has said he does not want to be bound by industry initiatives in making new rules for asset managers.

Keep it simple when exploring new strategies

PLSA Investment Conference 2017: While smart beta has been labelled a cost-effective option for schemes looking for higher returns than a market cap index, trustees turning to these types of strategy have been advised to keep things simple while focusing on governance and costs.

BAE Systems' Airbus section ready for take-off

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British defence giant BAE Systems has created a new scheme section for Airbus employees, to increase transparency while giving direct responsibility to the companies involved.

Savers prepared to look past charges for returns

Good returns are the primary concern for pension scheme members when assessing value for money, according to research conducted by 11 independent governance committees, with charges sitting outside the top 10 of saver concerns.

PLSA kick-starts year-long diversity debate to improve pensions


The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association is moving into new territory by starting a year-long focus on diversity with the aim of achieving better pensions, but has restricted its efforts to gender questions.

Buyouts more affordable but only for a handful of schemes

Buyouts have become more feasible as annuity pricing for non-pensioners has improved, but some experts say many schemes still have a long way to go before being able to afford a buyout or buy-in transaction.

MPs’ scheme votes for secured loans over REITs

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The Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund has simplified its property portfolio and invested proceeds in a European loans mandate, with a view to generating income.

Regulatory risk seen as main challenge for infra investors

Pension funds across the world face a wide range of issues when it comes to investing in infrastructure, but for some, political risk and lack of supply are the biggest barriers.

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