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Federal Retirement Thrift: Manager boost

Five years on from a board decision to increase manager diversity, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, the Washington-based defined contribution plan for US federal civilian employees is finally poised to allocate a portion of its giant $640 billion assets to a new manager for the first time.
articleAsset allocation

APG’s view on accelerated change

APG's CIO Peter Branner explains how the pandemic has accelerated key trends already underway around digitization, central bank policy and action to combat climate change. It all points to fierce competition for private assets.
articleAsset allocation

OTPP: Prepare for tough times ahead

Canadian pension fund OTPP's chief economist forecasts tough times ahead: COVID spending has papered of the cracks of existing problems; it yields nothing but there are few alternatives to fixed income and inflation is on the way
articleAsset allocation

USS: how to manage inflation risk

USS's head of dynamic asset allocation Bruno Serfaty reflects on the inflation risk coming down the track, and suggests ways investors can build alternative liability matching portfolios beyond government bonds.
articleStakeholder capitalism

Carothers’ view: Democracy in trouble

Celebrated expert and author on democracy Thomas Carothers speaks to Stephen Kotkin on the reasons why democracy is in crisis. The solutions involve meeting the needs of alienated middle classes, strengthening institutions and policies that foster equality rather than enable elite capture, he said.
articleAsset allocation

ESG data not fit for purpose

A cohort of ESG experts argued that the current data and research available for investors is lacking. Elsewhere they urged investors to engage with corporate boards to encourage change.
articleAsset allocation

Investors eye consumer opportunities

Protected by furlough schemes and mortgage holidays and saving money working from home, many consumers have come through the pandemic in better financial health than they were before. It could pose an exciting investment opportunity, say a panel of FIS 2020 Digital experts.
articleAsset allocation

OTPP, SSGA and USS reflect on the future

Three investors reflect on the what lies ahead highlighting a buoyant 2021 but challenges beyond. Their suggestions include allocations to real assets and diversifying out of traditional fixed income as they navigate portfolio construction considerations in a new investment paradigm.
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