PwC schemes cut property from portfolio


PwC's two defined benefit pension schemes have removed property from their investment strategies and made a number of changes to their fixed income allocations.

Teesside invests in energy storage ahead of pooling

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The £3.9bn Middlesbrough Borough Council Teesside Pension Fund has invested in operational grid-scale energy storage assets, through the British Strategic Investment Fund.

Combined Nuclear picks TDFs for flexibility

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The trustees of the industry-wide Combined Nuclear Pension Plan have added target date funds to its defined contribution scheme, having put the move on hold when the pension freedoms were first announced.

Robo-trustees: Would you welcome one on your board?

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Any other business: For those feeling uneasy about the idea of sitting next to a Star Wars-style droid at a quarterly meeting, you can rest assured we are not likely to witness the rise of the robo-trustee anytime soon. 

Shipbuilding scheme latest to invest in private debt

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The Shipbuilding Industries Pension Scheme has made a £50m commitment to private debt, as investors increase their exposure to this asset class in the search for yield.

Is it time to return to equities?

Analysis: Equities are making a comeback as optimism about stocks is growing. Fears over inflation have pushed investors away from fixed income, and bond yields upwards.

Border to Coast pool makes senior appointments

The Border to Coast Pensions Partnership has appointed an interim chief investment officer, chief risk officer and head of equities and alternatives.

Equity release levels hit 15-year high

Equity release deals over 2017 smashed the £3bn barrier for the first time, following £838m of lending in the final quarter of last year.

Consultants commit to flagging ESG factors

Sixteen investment consultancy firms have said that they will seek to ensure that pension schemes take into account environmental, social and governance factors where they are financially material. 

Uncharted waters: What lies ahead for LGPS pools?

When former chancellor George Osborne made clear the government’s intention to create six British wealth funds, the prospect of pooling made quite a splash.

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