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AP2 continues sustainability journey with stellar returns and costs

Swedish buffer fund, AP2, has incorporated Paris-aligned rules into its benchmark construction for global and emerging market equities. This year it turns its attention to Swedish and Chinese equities. The moves come on the back of the best-ever half year return for the SEK421.2 billion fund and its lowest ever costs.

Why disclosure and communication are key to pension excellence

Comprehensive, holistic value disclosures and compelling communication are key benchmarks for pension funds. This has been confirmed by the first year experience working with leading global pension funds for the Global Pension Transparency Benchmark, a collaboration between and CEM Benchmarking. In year two, in recognition of this belief and communication excellence, we have decided to award bonus points to funds preparing Framework integrated annual reports. Mike Heale looks at four examples of pension funds already using the Framework.

APG positions for a digital future

APG, the biggest pension provider in Europe, is positioning itself as a digital pioneer with investment in the large-scale use of data, workflow automation and digital analytical platforms. A leader in funds management, most notably sustainability, it is once again a frontrunner by embracing technology.

Dear board, a date for your diary…

For many boards net zero is the greatest investment governance challenge of all time, says the Inevitable Policy Response's Julian Poulter. He says a starting point for asset owner boards is a house view on the future, as opting for a standard asset allocation with a reliance on passive indices is unlikely to yield optimal results.

UK funds focus on manager diversity

A group of major UK pension funds have committed to assessing diversity and inclusion as part of manager selection. Fund managers wanting to work with these clients will have to disclose information and demonstrate real devotion on how they are tackling diversity and inclusion within their workforce. 

Making the future of work actually work

The CFA Institute's Future of Work in Investment Management report reveals the changes investment organisations are likely to make as they reassess the context of careers, work, and the culture of organizations, both in the near term and in the next five to 10 years. The report's author Rebecca Fender explains the key lessons.