April 24, 2017
Tight controls dictate strategy at the French public service pension scheme – including a commitment to socially responsible investing – but diversification options have increased.
Successful investment management comes from a culture that supports and nurtures talent. This requires functional governance built on trust between the board and the investment team.
The US Federal Reserve’s James Bullard is inclined to let bond buying run off in 2017. He also says higher interest rates are unlikely worldwide and calls the US a relatively closed market.
As sovereign wealth funds continue to grow, some are running into tussles with citizens over particular investments or the purpose of the fund. Transparency and greater engagement can help.
Family dynamics are complex enough. Without simple, straightforward discussions and clarity of mission that resist the allure of complexity, the family office will struggle to achieve its goals.
The challenging market environment is putting pressure on pension funds. In response, many are lowering return targets, rather than taking on more risk or requesting larger contributions.
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