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What Brexit politics mean for currency risk

Nick Edwardson

From the blog: Pension scheme assets have become more international in recent years, meaning schemes have more opportunities for generating both growth and income.

 

Asset diversification has also driven risk reduction, although this is partially offset by higher currency risk.

 

Currency fluctuations can create significant uncertainty over the value of a pension scheme’s overseas assets relative to its sterling-denominated liabilities.

 

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The Weekly Wrap: June 16 edition

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A round-up of the pensions news published across the FT Group in the past week, from a union's plea for no further rise in the state pension age, to BHS scheme members being presented with options on their pensions. 

Impact investing: What schemes need to know

Seb Beloe (teaser)

From the blog: Simply put, ‘impact investing’ is an investment philosophy that focuses on investing in companies that create beneficial outcomes for society and the environment.

 

It takes ethical investing one step further, because it seeks out investments with positive and measurable impact.

 

In a world with a population of 7.5bn people and soon estimated to be 9bn, there are extraordinary challenges in ensuring economic prosperity is sustainable and available to all while also treading lightly on essential ecosystem services.

 

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Some reactions to #GE2017

Some of the twitter comments on what could happen to pensions and the country's leadership, after the June 2017 elections have resulted in a hung parliament.

The Weekly Wrap: June 9 edition

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A round-up of the pensions news published across the FT Group in the past week, from Tata Steel workers cashing in their final salary pensions, to a plethora of robo-advisers expected to consolidate in Germany.

What is a pension fund?

Con Keating

From the blog: Insolvency of the sponsoring employer is rare - however, as it is the principal risk to occupational DB pension schemes, it now dominates the management of pension funds.

 

In essence, there are two views of the purpose of a scheme and fund.

 

In the first, the scheme and fund exist to provide security for members’ accrued benefits and defray the employer’s cost of pension provision.

 

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Liquidity risk is here to stay

Andy Todd

From the blog: Market liquidity is reducing. It's been an issue for a while, and it is only going to intensify. As such, it holds serious ramifications for investors globally. 

 

The bread and butter asset class for a pension fund’s core portfolio holding is often fixed income.

 

But low interest rates have led to a notable search for fixed income yield, and so have heightened competition in this asset class.

 

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Mums know best: Hogg Robinson mortality study slashes liabilities

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B2B services provider Hogg Robinson Group has undertaken a medically underwritten mortality study of its UK pension scheme members, shaving £68.4m off its liabilities.

The Weekly Wrap: June 2 edition

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A round-up of the pensions news published across the FT Group in the past week, from providing defined benefit transfer advice, to Australian funds opposing company director re-elections in a bid to improve diversity.

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