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Mistrust and poor regulation threaten markets, says Kay

Russell Investments Annual Pensions Conference 2013

Just when you thought the economy was picking up and markets chugging along nicely, along comes John Kay, visiting Professor of Economics at the LSE, author of the Kay Review and FT columnist, to puncture your confidence. Mr Kay, a highly-respected businessman and commentator on financial services, told conference delegates that the current structure of

June 5, 2013 Categories: Uncategorized
Russell Investments Annual Pensions Conference 2013

Alternatives without the headache

Investors are tying themselves up in knots about alternatives. Are they a separate asset class? Are they part of the equity allocation? Or are they a closer fit with bonds? It doesn’t have to be so confusing, Nick Spencer, Director, Client Strategy and Research at Russell Investments told conference delegates. If we stop viewing alternatives

Jun 5, 2013 Categories: Uncategorized
Russell Investments Annual Pensions Conference 2013

Framing the equities debate

When the Barclays UK pension fund halved its equities exposure from 60% in 2000 to 30% in 2007, the scheme’s managers could have been forgiven for thinking that life would get easier. With only half the equities to manage, surely the investment process would be simpler? In fact, the reverse was true. Tony Broccardo, CIO

Jun 5, 2013 Categories: Uncategorized
Russell Investments Annual Pensions Conference 2013

Time to talk tactics

The set and forget style of investing is…well…forgotten In flatter and more volatile markets, many investors are employing tactical asset allocation, expressed through multi-asset managers or via inhouse teams. Either way, everyone has – and needs – a view on the direction of assets. Key strategists at Russell Investments expressed their own views to conference

Jun 5, 2013 Categories: Uncategorized
Russell Investments Annual Pensions Conference 2013

Get tough on austerity

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Senator Joe Kennedy, reputedly drummed this mantra into his nine children, including the future US president John F Kennedy. Well, austerity is tough. And if you just sit back and accept it, your assets will probably shrink and your funding gap grow. Don Ezra, Co-Chairman of

Jun 5, 2013 Categories: Uncategorized
Russell Investments Annual Pensions Conference 2013

Poll shows low growth is biggest investor worry

Low spending and low growth are major economic worries for most investors. But what exactly is it about austerity that keeps pension fund managers up at night? In a poll of more than 100 pension fund professionals at Russell Investments’ Annual Pensions Conference 2013, the simple lack of growth emerged as the main worry. Full

Jun 5, 2013 Categories: Uncategorized
Russell Investments Annual Pensions Conference 2013

A warm welcome to Abbey Road

Good morning from Abbey Road Studios, London. The edifice that witnessed the recording of the Beatles’ most famous albums is – for one day only – home to Russell Investments’ Annual Pensions Conference. This blog will guide you through the day’s presentations and debates which include: Austerity in Focus – a panel debate on how

Jun 5, 2013 Categories: Uncategorized

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