Transparency worries hinder flows into active quant strategies

More than half of institutional investors are wary of using quantitative investment strategies, with a perceived lack of transparency registering at the top of investors’ concerns, according to new research.

Lloyds switches DGF for equities in default fund

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Trustees of the Lloyds Bank Pension Scheme No.1 have overhauled the default offering for defined contribution members, ditching a diversified growth fund for a 100 per cent equity allocation in the first years of saving.

DWP scraps plans for schemes to check members’ ethical views


Controversial plans by the government to force trustees to outline how they have taken members’ ethical views into account in their investment strategies have been scrapped, it was revealed on Monday.

Will private credit become a mainstay of DC portfolios?

Analysis: Private credit is flavour of the month with yield-starved defined benefit funds, but has only attracted defined contribution business from the giants of the mastertrust sector. Could renegotiations on fees open up the asset class for today’s savers?

Enfield cuts equities for MAC following review

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The Enfield Pension Fund’s policy and investment committee has agreed to move £50m into multi-asset credit from equities, following a comprehensive review of its fixed income portfolio with its investment adviser.

LPFA looks to build on latest property allocation

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The London Pensions Fund Authority will cut the ribbon next year on the Pontoon Dock, a residential property project incorporating 154 high quality privately rented homes and 82 affordable homes available for rental or shared ownership.

The Weekly Wrap: August 31 edition

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A round-up of the pensions news stories published across the FT Group this week, from the Russian president’s compromise, to the potential cost of failing to deliver the pensions dashboard.

Rhondda Cynon Taf approves plan for alternatives

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The Rhondda Cynon Taf Pension Fund has agreed to wind down its lofty equity exposure in favour of new allocations to absolute return bonds and infrastructure.

Avon asset managers warned over poor performance

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The Avon Pension Fund has raised the prospect of dropping some of its active managers after a significant period of underperformance.

Mid-market direct lending approach 'too constraining', WTW says

Mid-market direct lending is “now demonstrating signs of material deterioration in credit underwriting and future return potential”, according to a report by consultancy Willis Towers Watson, which is instead recommending its clients invest in debt for US real estate and UK commercial real estate.