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Pension funds – are you making the most of FX?

Professional Pensions recently interviewed our experts about the ways pension funds can harness the returns available from FX and currency management. In the final instalment of the Wire’s three-part currency series, hear from Van Luu and Mirjam Klijnsma.   Should pension funds be holding exposure to safe-haven currencies? If so, what’s your outlook?   Luu: Due

August 18, 2017 Categories: Currency, Implementation, Investment Strategy
Don’t overlook currency management in a multi-asset portfolio

Don’t overlook currency management in a multi-asset portfolio

As the summer holiday season approaches, Van Luu explains why the euro looks attractive for multi-asset portfolios in the long-term.   Don’t overlook currency management in a multi-asset portfolio: Spotlight on the Euro   As the holiday season approaches and people set off to catch some summer sun (Greece, Italy, Spain anyone?) it seems as

Jul 20, 2017 Categories: Currency, Implementation, Investment Strategy
Life in a low return world: every basis point counts

Life in a low-return world: Every basis point counts

Last time I explained the benefits and variable scenarios of currency hedging – both static and dynamic. As we saw, the opportunities available in currencies can often be overlooked within an investor’s core multi-asset strategy. We think there are four strategies that can be employed to manage risks and make the most of the return

Jul 12, 2017 Categories: Currency, Implementation, Investment Strategy
Currency hedging can prove profitable in a low return environment.

Life in a low-return world: To hedge or not to hedge?

Currency Strategist Van Luu shows how thoughtful management of currency risks and opportunities can help investors reach their objectives, despite the low-return environment.   Russell Investments believe we will see low returns over the next seven to ten years. Pension funds, endowments and individuals may have to adapt their behaviour and strategies or else risk

Multi-asset investing: the importance of protecting the downside.

Multi-asset investing is a hot topic. Increasingly, a wide range of investors want the dynamic allocation and effective diversification attributes that a well-managed multi-asset portfolio can provide. Savvy investors also want to ensure their multi-asset fund uses best-of-breed managers and strategies in every asset class, to generate the extra performance that is so vital in

Could bounded responsibility push responsible investing into the mainstream?

Responsible investing* continues to grow. But although the concept has its advocates, many large European and U.S. institutional investors have no policy with regards to responsible investing, and no intention of creating one. Bounded responsibility Among many institutional investors, responsible investing is not truly mainstream. The current situation is bifurcated: in or out. Investors in

DB Pensions – Does cashflow impact your asset allocation?

Does cashflow affect the way you should invest? Absolutely; in this blog I will explain two features that arise when setting investment strategy. The setting of a pension fund’s overall asset allocation is influenced by many differing factors. Underfunded, mature funds not only have a shortened period to address any deficit but also need to

What do FDs think of trustees – the good the bad and the ugly part 1

So what do FDs think of trustees? Well it was certainly no easy task but we managed to pin down 261 in our first ever FD survey and gather consensus on their views of the decision-making practices of defined benefit trustees. We’ve previously surveyed trustees on the same topic and I’m going to compare and

How Supernanny can help you capture some of the most reliable and easiest sources of return

Being a parent of two small boys, I am hooked on re-runs of ‘Supernanny.’Why? It’s not because if I follow everything that Supernanny says from start to finish I will achieve ‘enlightenment’ and my problems will go away. I wish it was that simple. I already follow many of the steps, but I am unable

Sep 17, 2015 Categories: Implementation

Asking the right questions about Emerging Markets exposure – implementation matters

Finding the right way to manage your exposure to an asset class is not a one size fits all proposition. In my role as a Senior Portfolio Manager in Equity Derivatives, I work closely with transition, overlay, and other portfolio managers to find the most effective way for clients of different sizes and with different

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