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London’s TfL takes ESG message to masses

The £11 billion TfL Pension Fund has released its first-ever annual sustainability report. The fund for public-sector transport workers hopes the report will help bring more members on board with its well-established ESG strategy and also make clear to its asset managers what it expects of them.
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2018 CIO sentiment survey

The annual Chief Investment Officer Sentiment Survey, conducted by www.top1000funds.com and Casey Quirk, a practice of Deloitte Consulting, has revealed a global asset owner community that is less tolerant of risk and more interested in negotiating fees.
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All the elements of a difficult year

Some trends have the potential to pack the impact of a force of nature in markets in 2019. Mercer takes a look at threats and opportunities from choppy waters of the late cycle, headwinds in market participation, geopolitical tremors, and the unstoppable force of sustainability.
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Coal bucks trend with focus on income

The £21 billion Coal Pension Trustees is targeting income and shoring up cash flows. CIO Mark Walker has a new bond portfolio in the works and is examining private debt and property closely. He’s also targeting onshore equities in China.
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CERN risk appetite keeps assets liquid

The CHf4 billion CERN pension fund maintains a dynamic, tactical strategy that takes into account the market environment and the fund’s liabilities. Once risk levels are set, CIO Elena Manola-Bonthond tweaks and adjusts to stay on target, employing strict due diligence in areas such as private equity and hedge funds.
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When multi-asset makes sense

Core multi-asset strategies provide access to a collection of market betas without a heavy governance burden. Idiosyncratic multi-asset strategies introduce a variety of return drivers into a portfolio. Mercer takes a look at the costs of each of these subcategories and when they’re justified.
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Top-heavy populations imperil pensions

In the near future, age demographics may very well reach a critical tipping point as dwindling numbers of Millennials and other younger generations become inadequate to support the large cohort of retiring Baby Boomers – and economic growth won’t fix the problem, a UK pension expert has said.
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FRR won’t add risk, ending trend

The $41 billion French pension reserve fund had upped the return-seeking proportion of its portfolio every year since 2010 but inflation fears and expensive equities have halted the streak.
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