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Global assets in motion

Analysis of the Willis Towers Watson Global Pension Assets Study 2016 shows a troubled industry responding as best it can to situations it feels are out of its control.
News

Do pension funds add value?

Asset owners, on average, add 15 basis points of value above their asset class benchmarks after fees, according to an extensive study by CEM Benchmarking. The survey, which measured 6,666 data points from a global set of defined benefit plans, and some sovereign wealth funds and buffer funds, from 1992-2013. Gross of investment fees, funds […]
Analysis

OECD calls for policy solution to long term investing barriers

Governance of institutional investors and the lengthening investment chain causing  bigger distances between assets’ beneficial owners and those involved in executing investment strategies was one of three practical issues raised by the OECD general secretary as a barrier to more investment in long-term investing financing. Speaking at the OECD Project on Institutional Investors and Long-term […]
Analysis

Pension funds put pressure on G20 tax reform

Pension funds are becoming vocal ahead of the G20 leaders summit next week, reiterating the need for action over tax reform, and encouraging world leaders to consider financial reform that encourages long-term investing. The UK’s Local Authority Pension Fund Forum, which is a collaborative shareholder engagement group of 61 local authority pension funds with combined […]
Analysis

The meaning of fiduciary duty

The UK Law Commission has delivered its final report on how the law of fiduciary duties applies to investment intermediaries and an evaluation of whether the law works in the interests of the ultimate beneficiaries. The project was commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Department for Work and Pensions […]
Editorial

Back to the future: investors concerns in 2008 resonate today

This issue marks the 400th edition of www.top1000funds.com,  which looks at the strategies and views of the world’s largest asset owners. So what were the concerns and opportunities of investors six years ago, and what are they now?   Since its launch in 2008, the journalists at www.top1000funds.com have written more than 2,000 stories on […]
Research

The Determinants of Pension Funds’ Allocation to Private Equity

This paper by the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) investigates the main determinants of pension funds investment in private equity funds, and particularly in venture capital and leverage buyouts in the US and Canada over the 1996-2011 period. The results show some important differences between pension funds allocating to private equity and more traditional assets. The first ones are […]
Analysis

New York’s budget, how would you spend it?

The city of New York spent $472.5 million on asset manager fees in 2012/13. The allocation of these funds is part of the $68 billion annual budget the City Comptroller has to run the city of New York. The bureau of asset management that oversees the $137.4 billion in pensions fits within that budget, but […]
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