Investors worried high levels of debt could trigger next recession

Data crunch: Institutional investors across the world are concerned that high levels of debt could spark the next market crisis, according to recent research by Invesco.

ABF switches platforms for reduced fee and wider range of funds


The trustees of the Associated British Foods defined contribution pension plan have decided to switch to a new investment platform so that members benefit from a wider range of fund choices and a cheaper platform fee.

L&G master trust default goes green due to member demand

News On the Go

On the go: The Legal & General Mastertrust is switching its default investment strategy to take account of environmental, social and governance risks, after a study revealed almost 60 per cent of its members favour the approach.

Scottish Borders fund opts for sustainable equities

On the go: The £711m Scottish Borders Council Pension Fund has become the first UK local authority pension fund to invest in Morgan Stanley Investment Management’s Global Sustain Strategy.

Making impact investing more 'mainstream'

Analysis: Pension scheme trustees are not – and should not be – philanthropists. But as long as there is a financial return involved they can help address societal challenges.

Eurozone equities at 20 per cent discount v US stock market

On the go: The eurozone stock markets could be set to outperform the US, UK and Japan, according to NN Investment Partners.

Could thematic investment help engage DC members?

Data crunch: Thematic funds struck a chord with European investors last year, pulling in significant sums of money. To a large extent, their popularity can be attributed to the simple fact that they invest in accordance with themes that the general public understand and relate to. With this in mind, could thematic investment approaches improve DC member engagement?

Data Crunch: Rush of pension capital into infrastructure continues

Pension money is pouring into infrastructure. Portfolio analysis by Pensions Expert’s sister title Mandatewire reveals that the cash-generative asset is proving the perfect fit for mature defined benefit schemes, despite buyout looming for some trustees.

LGPS funds strive to make an impact with build to rent

A minor revolution is taking place in town halls across the country. Local authority pension funds are changing tack, eschewing traditional equities for alternatives, and looking to make a difference with their allocations.

Alternative risk premium funds fail to deliver on promises in testing 2018

Analysis: Pension schemes continue to pour assets into fast-growing alternative risk premium strategies, despite a torrid 2018 for returns and concerns over the diversification benefits delivered by the funds.