The challenges of a low-carbon mandate
AP4 already has US and emerging markets low-carbon mandates and plans to invest up to $1 billion across various regions. Mikael Johansson, senior portfolio manager global equities, AP4 explains how the concept of responsible investment can be integrated into the investment process of a large pension fund and the challenges in implementing low carbon mandates.   Our starting point is the position…

Costs cast increasing doubt over hedge fund relevance
The inability to scale hedge fund exposures and risks, has led many large investors, like CalPERS this week and ATP last year, to exit their hedge fund programs. Complexity continues to be a drain on the relevancy of hedge funds, but importantly cost is driving the agendas of these investors. As AQR’s Cliff Asness admits, the hedge fund industry needs…

Is chasing lower taxes really a strategy for long term sustainable value creation?


Investors are just beginning to understand global tax issues and the risks associated with aggressive tax planning by the companies int their portfolios, Fiona Reynolds, managing director of PRI says there are a number of common-sense measures that companies should begin to put in place.   The 2014 G20 Summit to be held in Australia in November will consider a range of…

Defined contribution lessons
At the end of last year, 47 per cent of global pension assets were in defined contribution structures. As the trend towards defined contribution continues, one of the newest DC funds, the UK’s NEST, has some clear messages on what makes a defined contribution fund work. Chief executive, Tim Jones speaks with Amanda White.   The Towers Watson Global Pension Asset Study…

Benchmarking infrastructure a step closer
The first valuation and risk measurement model created for unlisted infrastructure debt has been developed, with the release of a paper showing the valuation of illiquid infrastructure project debt, taking into account its illiquidity and the absence of market price feedback, can be done using advanced, state-of-the-art structural credit risk modelling. The paper by EDHEC-Risk Institute is part of an ongoing…

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The challenges of a low-carbon mandate

AP4 already has US and emerging markets low-carbon mandates and plans to invest up to ... [more]

Costs cast increasing doubt over hedge fund relevance

The inability to scale hedge fund exposures and risks, has led many large investors, like ... [more]

Is chasing lower taxes really a strategy for value creation?

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  • September 12, 2014

Investors are just beginning to understand global tax issues and the risks associated with aggressive ... [more]

NEST’s defined contribution lessons

At the end of last year, 47 per cent of global pension assets were in ... [more]

Benchmarking infrastructure a step closer

The first valuation and risk measurement model created for unlisted infrastructure debt has been developed, ... [more]

Real estate sector continues to lead on sustainability: GRESB

This year’s Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) reveals that sustainability reporting has improved in ... [more]

UniSuper’s domestic equities bias

John Pearce recently notched up five years in the role of chief investment officer at ... [more]

The changing nature of fixed income

As the fixed income asset class undergoes rapid change and the opportunity set expands, unconstrained ... [more]

The investment model for asset owners: is there a best-practice version?

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  • August 27, 2014

In the last of a series of articles exclusively for www.top1000funds.com, Roger Urwin, head of ... [more]