ANALYSIS

Fund managers lack business skills

PGGM's Jaap van Dam and Kempen's Lars Dijkstra say that asset owners with long-term horizons should look for managers who can analyse industries and companies to find intrinsic value.
INVESTOR PROFILE

PGGM maps portfolio’s impact

The $268 billion PGGM mapped its entire portfolio based on the effects it had on 'the people and the planet'. For the sustainability-focused giant, the results were surprising.
INVESTOR PROFILE

APG takes the lead on AI

APG is one of the few large asset owners putting AI to work effectively in its investment process. Amanda White looks at how it is integrating machine learning and more to enhance decisions.
ANALYSIS

Dutch pension funds embrace UN goals

PGGM and APG are well advanced in developing a process to identify potential sustainable development investment opportunities that could transform the UN’s targets into tangible returns.
ANALYSIS

PGGM touts circular economy

Dutch manager echoes new TIIP/Toniic report that states an economic model of renewable resources and continuous reuse of materials is emerging and investors need to get on board.
ANALYSIS

PGGM, APG lead Dutch sustainability push

Two of the Netherlands’ largest fund managers, PGGM and APG, are developing investment strategies designed to help boost the United Nations’ sustainable development goals.
INVESTOR PROFILE

GPIF announces boosted stewardship role

A year on from signing the PRI, the world’s biggest pension fund will seek discussion with non-Japanese asset owners regarding advances in environmental, social and governance practices.
OPINION

Long horizon investors ‘a crazy bunch’

Asset owners should allocate capital where it is productive, which implies knowing where value is created in the real world. Jaap van Dam contemplates what it means to be a long-horizon investor.
ANALYSIS

PGGM halves CO2 footprint in investments

Ahead of the COP21 in Paris, the second largest Dutch fund with €161 billion ($160 billion), Pensioenfonds Zorg en Welzijn (PFZW), has announced it will halve the CO2 footprint of its investments by 2020. After an in-depth study with its fund manager, PGGM, the fund has decided its capital should be focused on companies that... Read more »
PRI IN PERSON

The importance of investment beliefs

It’s often said that investment beliefs provide the solid frame on which investment strategy can hang. Some of these Magna Carta’s are beguilingly simple, like ‘Costs Matter’. Others may enshrine beliefs like ‘A Long Term Investors Has Opportunities and Responsibilities.’ So, it was with keen interest that delegates at PRI in Person 2015, the annual... Read more »
ANALYSIS

Opportunities in Europe

Investors and academics agree that political developments in Greece are important because they may shape how financial markets will respond to future political situations in the Eurozone. But according to Olivier Rousseau, the executive director of the FFR, the French pension reserve fund, there is more hype outside of the Eurozone on the implications of... Read more »
ANALYSIS

European investment plan requires public private collaboration

The two largest institutional investors in the Netherlands, PGGM and APG, have responded to the European Commission’s investment plan, urging the commission to call on institutional investors to collaborate on the investment proposal. However they also warn that institutional investors are not just a “subsidising entity” and the Juncker Plan is best executed as a... Read more »