Invert the business model to focus on members: Ambachtsheer
There is a lot more work to do in raising the quality of governance of pension boards around the world, Keith Ambachtsheer told a conference of Australian superannuation fund trustees and staff last week. “We have to stop thinking about organisational needs and think about member needs. The business model must invert from serving organisational needs to serving member needs. That…

SSgA focuses on innovation not assets
For Scott Powers, president and chief executive of State Street Global Advisors, assets under management is not a measure of success – the manager is currently the world’s fourth largest with around $2.5 trillion. Instead it is the ability to provide value for clients in meeting their objectives - whether it be matching liabilities, creating alpha or educating plans on…

Pension funds put pressure on G20 tax reform
Pension funds are becoming vocal ahead of the G20 leaders summit next week, reiterating the need for action over tax reform, and encouraging world leaders to consider financial reform that encourages long-term investing. The UK’s Local Authority Pension Fund Forum, which is a collaborative shareholder engagement group of 61 local authority pension funds with combined assets of £150 billion, has called…

Concerns over private equity leave pension funds wary
Institutional investors are clearly attracted to private equity, but remain wary of the sector for its perceived lack of transparency and ability to be measured, high fees and a sense that they cannot invest into the sector as truly equal partners. “It’s clear that now is a time with a lot of flux in private equity,” said Josh Lerner, the Jacob…

All aboard the change express as Railpen leaves the station
At the end of a corporate review process that lasted eight months, involved 23 meetings of a steering committee and produced 60 working papers, the UK railways pension fund Railpen was left with 422 action items. “We’ve done 224 of them,” Chris Hitchen, Railpen chief executive, told the Fiduciary Investors Symposium (FIS) at Harvard University. “And I’ve got 74 to do before…

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Invert the business model to focus on members: Ambachtsheer

There is a lot more work to do in raising the quality of governance of ... [more]

SSgA focuses on innovation not assets

For Scott Powers, president and chief executive of State Street Global Advisors, assets under management ... [more]

Pension funds put pressure on G20 tax reform

Pension funds are becoming vocal ahead of the G20 leaders summit next week, reiterating the ... [more]

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Concerns over private equity leave pension funds wary

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All aboard the change express as Railpen leaves the station

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