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When member engagement should take a knee

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From the blog: Pension schemes are under increasing pressure to invest responsibly. On this side of the pond, this discourse largely revolves around environmental and social investment.

But in the US, ethical investing has taken a very different shape at one fund. Last month, a retired police officer called upon the council responsible for New Jersey's public pension fund to review its holdings in sportswear giant Nike.

Marty Barrett, who sits on the board of trustees for the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System of New Jersey, reportedly objected to a Nike advertisement featuring American football star and civil right campaigner Colin Kaepernick.

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How should scheme liabilities be measured?

Analysis: The industry is unlikely to ever reach a consensus over the methods of scheme liability valuation, judging by the lively debate surrounding the subject.

Transaction costs make up quarter of management fees

Some of the largest pension funds in the world are paying an average of 86.3 basis points in total annual investment costs, with 24 per cent of these fees made up of transaction costs, according to new research.

Kent cuts passive equities for private equity and infra

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The £6.2bn Kent County Council Superannuation Fund has moved capital from UK passive equities into private equity and infrastructure. The fund narrowly missed its benchmark for returns in the year to March 2018, after underperformance from equity and fixed income mandates.

Islington scheme to wind down carbon investment

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The London Borough of Islington Pension Fund has agreed to reduce its investment in fossil fuels, following lobbying efforts from local environmental activist group Fossil Free Islington.

Handful of schemes in advanced talks with Pension SuperFund

The Pension Superfund has engaged in serious dialogue with approximately a dozen pension schemes with a view to them transferring into the defined benefit consolidator, according to its new chief executive.

Aviva customers hit by system glitch

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Pension provider Aviva has admitted that a number of its customers were unable to access their pension policies on its MyAviva system. The delays have prevented some customers from transferring their pensions.

Should LGPS funds separate from host authorities to avoid conflicts?

The relationship between local government pension schemes and their host authorities has the potential to create conflicts of interest for those charged with managing both a council’s finances and the fate of its pension fund, experts say.

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.

Should shareholder distribution take a back seat to deficits?

As the Pensions Regulator takes aim at the growing gap between dividends and deficit repair contributions, a handful of schemes and sponsors are taking formal steps to align their interests.