Jul 28, 2011

Defined benefit planEmployers should consider what alternatives to closure exist when deciding how to reduce their defined benefit (DB) pension plan deficits, says Aon Hewitt, a pensions consultancy.

Jul 22, 2011

CakeEurope's pension schemes must transform their asset allocations if they are to balance de-risking with members' needs, but George Mitton finds that they will struggle to manage the shift on their own.

Jul 22, 2011

TreeThe financial crisis revealed flaws in pension fund benchmarks. But until these tools evolve more, trustees need to consider how to best use them and avoid being led astray, finds Nick Fitzpatrick.

Jul 22, 2011

Funds Europe held a pensions roundtable discussion with three senior UK defined benefit figures recently as they themselves reached retirement. Their views about the state of occupational pensions and investment are their own. Chaired by Nick Fitzpatrick.

Jul 22, 2011

Chess-piecesEvent-driven strategies are popular with investors looking for alternatives. But Anne-Gaelle Pouille of Paamco says that the state of the world means these funds are taking on more macro risk, and not all managers are equipped to have strong views.

Jul 21, 2011

Pensioner-with-caneAlternative investments are playing an increasingly important role for UK pension schemes, which are more than ever concerned with de-risking, according to a survey of trustees and consultants by BlackRock.

Jul 11, 2011

Pension_old_woman_410Pension funds continue to diversify their portfolios with nearly $1trn (€700m) allocated to alternatives last year, an increase of 16% compared with 2009, according to research by Towers Watson and the Financial Times.

Jul 07, 2011

Dominos2Larry Fink, CEO and chairman of BlackRock, was asked recently if his company posed a systemic risk to markets.

Jul 05, 2011

Northern Trust’s Luxembourg business focuses on the firm’s client-centric approach; offering complex, tailored solutions and building strong partnerships.

Jul 05, 2011

Luxembourg is a stronger domicile for the challenges it faced over the last 18 months. But perhaps more needs to be done at an industry level to convey Lux's successes as a fund haven throughout the financial crisis. Senior figures from the industry consider this point and talk about their experiences of working in the second largest fund domicile in the world. (part 2)