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Liad Meidar, managing partner at Gatemore

Gatemore launches service for PE-backed companies with underfunded pension funds

Mon, 18/11/2013 - 16:01

Gatemore Capital Management, the boutique investment advisory firm, has launched Gatemore Pension Advisory (GPA), a new service aimed at corporate sponsors of underfunded pension schemes.  »

Craig Baker, Towers Watson

Pension funds increasing alternative asset allocations, says study

Tue, 27/08/2013 - 14:39

Pension fund alternative assets allocations now account for nearly 20 per cent of all pension fund assets across the globe, according to a study by Towers Watson. »

Lew Minsky, DCIIA’s executive director

DCIIA supports consideration of alternative investments in DC plans

Wed, 05/06/2013 - 14:20

The Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association (DCIIA) believes that plan sponsors should consider the use of “alternative” investment structures that provide better risk balance in an attempt to reduce the volatility experienced by the typical plan participant. »

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Anova launches study on private equity in DC plans

Thu, 23/05/2013 - 11:52

Anova Consulting Group has launched a syndicated study entitled "Private Equity in DC Plans: Retirement Industry Perspectives". »

Bill Hatanaka, president and chief executive of OPTrust

Fully-funded OPTrust achieves 10.1 per cent investment return in 2012

Thu, 02/05/2013 - 12:04

The OPSEU Pension Trust (OPTrust) has reported gross investment results of 10.1 per cent for 2012, surpassing both its funding target return of 6.5 per cent and its composite benchmark. »

Michael Nobrega, OMERS president and chief executive

OMERS net assets surpass CAD60bn in 2012 with 10 per cent investment return

Mon, 25/02/2013 - 12:08

OMERS, one of Canada’s largest pension plans, has seen net assets grow to CAD60.8bn, rising by CAD5.7bn in 2012 and by over CAD17bn since the 2008 global credit crisis. »

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Infrastructure construction risk does not need public sector guarantees, says NAO

Tue, 22/01/2013 - 11:47

The UK National Audit Office (NAO) has expressed concerns that if the British government, in its desperation to attract pension funds to the infrastructure sector, gave large construction risk guarantees for new projects, substantial liabilities could arise for the British taxpayer. »

Patrick Reeve, managing partner at Albion Ventures

VCT managers confident pension changes will boost industry, says AIC

Thu, 06/12/2012 - 13:38

Following the Chancellor’s announcement that from 2014-15 tax relief will only apply to pension savings of up to GBP40,000 annually, and up to GBP1.25m over a lifetime, the Association of Investment Companies (AIC) has collated quotes from VCT managers who believe VCTs provide a tax effective alternative. »

Infrastructure

The RBS Group Pension Fund awards infrastructure mandate to Hastings

Mon, 16/07/2012 - 15:16

Hastings Funds Management has been selected by The RBS Group Pension Fund as its partner to develop and manage their private market infrastructure assets.  »

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Richard Hoey, BNY Mellon

Global gross domestic product (GDP) growth should accelerate somewhat in 2015 and 2016 from the pace of the last three years because of much lower oil prices, the avoidance of special drags on the world economy, and continuing easy monetary policies from global central banks, according to  BNY Mellon Chief Economist Richard Hoey. Hoey (pictured) made the comments in his February outlook.  ... »

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