PGGM is a leading Dutch pension administrator with roots in the healthcare and social work sector. It manages about €268 billion ($329 billion) in pension assets for more than 2.5 million Dutch participants. PGGM provides services in pension fund management, comprehensive asset management, management support, and policy advice to various pension funds. PGGM invests in the following: rates and inflation (26.9 per cent), beta equities (25.5 per cent), beta commodities (7.1 per cent), listed real estate (6.2 per cent), private equity (6.2 per cent), private real estate (5.5 per cent), emerging market debt (3.7 per cent), corporate bonds (3.3 per cent), hedge funds (2.8 per cent), high-yield corporate bonds (2.8 per cent), infrastructure (2.2 per cent), cash (1.6 per cent), structured credit (1.5 per cent), responsible equities (1.4 per cent), insurance (1.1 per cent), emerging market credits (0.8 per cent), others (0.8 per cent), and real assets (0.6 per cent).
A growing number of influential asset owners have expressed interest in a new sustainable development investment (SDI) Asset Owner Investor Platform launched by Dutch funds APG and PGGM. The AI-driven technology sifts through reams of structured and unstructured data to gauge the extent to which companies’ products and activities meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Sarah RundellSeptember 25, 2019
Institutional investors are navigating the different risks that can impact their portfolios in different ways, explained chief risk offers speaking at the Fiduciary Investors Symposium in Cambridge. Arjen Pasma, chief risk officer at Dutch asset manager PGGM noted how risks span investment risk, counterparty risk, liquidity risk and ESG risk. Measuring ESG risk in the manager’s large allocation to private markets where each deal is scored on ESG and climate risk is particularly important, he said.
Sarah RundellApril 10, 2019
Thinking and acting long-term and holding their service providers to account on long-term risk behaviours and measures, is one of asset owners’ most enduring challenges. Speaking at the Fiduciary Investors Symposium at Cambridge University a panel of experts highlighted important tools asset owners can deploy to ensure they stay focused on the long-term.
Sarah RundellApril 8, 2019
A new guide, Climate Change for Asset Owners, provides case studies and other practical advice for how to get investor organisations focused on climate change, how to craft a related investment strategy and how to implement it. The publication includes content from 10 asset owners.
Amanda WhiteFebruary 6, 2019
The investment community’s obsession with short-term earnings is detrimental but convincing investors to back the slow, patient money is a tough sell, according to the CIO of one of the largest US pension funds, Chris Ailman, speaking at the annual SASB conference.
Amanda WhiteDecember 5, 2018
The sheer weight of money behind the world’s largest 100 asset owners represents a huge opportunity to show leadership in the allocation of capital. A Willis Towers Watson report reveals the 100 largest and which ones are meeting the challenge.
Amanda WhiteNovember 12, 2018