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Dutch funds team up for OECD Guidelines

More than 70 pension funds from The Netherlands have joined forces with the Dutch Government and trade unions for the Responsible Business Conduct Agreement – a pledge to work together to prevent their investment practices from harming society or the environment.
Governance

Metrics for long term performance

Academics Gordon Clark and Ashby Monk have created 11 metrics that focus on meaningful and useful predictors of long-term performance. It’s a boon for investors struggling with the problem of appropriate measures for investing for the long term, a horizon where traditional benchmarks don’t always fit.
Governance

UK reforms have pension schemes in mind

The UK’s Competition and Market Authority has put forward several changes to the investment consultant and fiduciary manager markets designed to ensure competition improves outcomes for pension schemes and other institutional investors. A competitive tender process would be required, as would clear distinctions between advice and marketing.
Governance

Cost-templates pilot begins in UK

The Cost Transparency Initiative has entered its pilot phase, in which five of its templates will be tested in coming weeks. Data from the testing will be used to rationalise templates across the industry. The idea is to provide consistency of clarity of fees and costs, so trustees can compare funds easily.
Governance

Asset Owner 100’s wealth of influence

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.
Governance

IMCO plots private, inhouse future

The C$60 billion ($48 billion) Investment Management Corporation of Ontario, the latest kid on the block in Canada’s pension scene, is planning its asset allocation 2.0, which will involve more private and direct investments, more internalisation and lower costs. Amanda White spoke to chief executive Bert Clark and chief investment officer Jean Michel.
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