The leaders within your ranks

By Adam Hall

Building a culture of effective leadership is not easy, and involves a multi-pronged approach. Hosting a leadership seminar once or twice a year is not enough to guarantee success.  To attain long-term success, you need to weave in the search for great leaders throughout the fabric of your organization.

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UK government aiming to streamline LGPS market

By Punit Satsangi

The £179 billion UK Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) market is highly saturated. The government wants to streamline this market with 89 schemes into eight pools running at least £25 billion each by April 2018. Pools are currently presenting administrative and operational proposals to the government, with many opting to create an Authorised Contractual Scheme (ACS) structure.

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Alternatives forever changing the look of the UCITS market

By Colin Keane

Until recently, traditional UCITS followed long-only strategies and offered relative returns to investors.

Late 2015 and 2016 saw significant market and political challenges; relative returns have been squeezed through rising fund operational costs, negative territory interest rates, and low bond yields. This presented a lot of problem for UCITS managers and their investors who continue to seek positive returns, and ultimately has led to a considerable shift in allocations towards uncorrelated asset classes. In 2016, there were outflows of €63bn in long-only equity mutual funds (according to Global Investor).

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What’s driving the UCITS phenomenon: Part 1

By Colin Keane

Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities(UCITS) have dominated the European funds market for more than two decades; assets under management equal more than €8.3 trillion, representing 60% of the European market (according to EFAMA Sept, 2016). Highly regulated, transparent, and liquid are synonymous with UCITS. So in an ever-changing market where investors seek absolute risk-adjusted returns, why are UCITS moving away from traditional strategies towards alternatives? And what opportunities does this present?   

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The Advantage of Data Accessibility for Super Funds

By: Andy Slade

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At the recent My Platform Rules conference in Australia, there was much discussion about how the Australian superannuation industry is at a crossroads; it must find a way to shape itself for the future and take advantage of the digital revolution. This post looks at the challenges super funds face to develop sustainable and adaptable operational models that meet the future needs and expectations of their members.   Continue reading