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Fees

Seeing pension costs should be easy

How much does it cost? It should be the most basic of questions from pension fund trustees when decisions are made about how to invest members’ assets, yet it appears this is often not the case. A lawsuit originating in the US state of Kentucky has the potential to change matters for the better.
Manager Relationships

Washington works to be the best LP

Private equity has been a stand out for the $130 billion Washington State Investment Board and CIO Gary Bruebaker says the real trick is attracting the top general partners. That means making sharp investments, being true to your word and nurturing the relationship.
Manager Relationships

Brunel outlines owner/manager dynamic

The UK’s £30 billion Brunel Pension Partnership has published an asset management accord. The document is designed to clarify what it expects from its mandates and what they can expect from Brunel. A long-term focus, aspects of communication, and responsible investment and stewardship are among the topics the accord covers.
Technology

Musing towards a more hopeful AI future

Predictions about artificial intelligence are often dire prophecies of humanity inventing the agent of its own demise or obsolescence. But if we consider that human cognitive powers might actually grow in response to the advancement of AI, the potential outcomes become less threatening.
Fees

Price war hitting active fees, too

Fee compression is here to stay. Only the few active managers that have met their benchmarks over the past few years have been immune. But make no mistake, asset owners will be reviewing all strategies for their value and fee models will continue to evolve.
Organisational Design

UK’s BTPS forges independent identity

Since splitting from its former inhouse manager, Hermes, the £50 billion British Telecom Pension Scheme has set about redefining itself. With a self-reliance borne of technology, the fund has brought portfolios and functions inhouse and started a bigger push into mature infrastructure.
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