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Irish Pension Fund Investment


& Current Issues


11 June 2019
Dublin – The Westbury



Irish Pension Fund Investment & Current Issues

08.45    :    Registration and Coffee


09.30    :    Welcome & Opening Remarks


trevorTrevor Cook, Managing Director, Specialist Pension Services





09.35   :      Session 1:  Real Estate Investing


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Peter HobbsPeter Hobbs, MD, Private Markets, bfinance


New Trends in Real Asset Investing

An asset class-focused session could touch on ESG but could also include some other interesting developments we’re seeing, such as the move to build more internationally diversified real estate portfolios and make greater use of a range of sub-strategies (e.g. real estate debt) alongside classic unlisted equity-type investments. 



Luke PowellLuke Powell, Senior Investment Specialist, Real Estate, Aberdeen Standard Investments


Private Rental Sector - a Vital Part of the Future of the Real Estate Market

The shape of the real estate market is changing.  The retail sector is in decline and logistics and ‘alternative’ sectors - that is, anything other than office, retail and industrial / logistics – are on the rise.  There is a growing interest from institutional investors in the residential market and, in particular, in the private rented sector.  Large, high-quality, managed apartment blocks in thriving urban areas – so-called ‘winning cities’ – are being acquired by institutions.  The growing importance of this sub-sector of the real estate market taps into profound forces of demographic, economic and social change.



10.50     :    Coffee/Tea



11.20     :    Session 2: Credit Investing


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 Erick MullerErick Müller, Head of Product and Investment Strategy, Muzinich & Co.


Late Cycle Credit Investing for Pension Funds

How to preserve capital and generate returns in 2019: what should pension fund consider? How can we generate stable, lower volatility cash flows to pay pensions? Multi-Asset Credit can provide a solution.



Scott RichardsonScott Richardson, Principal, Researcher and Portfolio Manager, AQR


Systematic Investing in Fixed Income and High Yield Credit Markets

Compared with equity investing, bond investing can seem stuck in the dark ages. As asset managers use new technology to trade shares automatically, bond-fund managers still often call traders by phone. Systematic Investing, though now widely used within equities, is both effective and underutilized in credit. Scott will explain how investors may be able to achieve excess returns in the credit markets through a disciplined approach using these same ideas. Applying the same investment themes used in other asset classes to credit can generate attractive and diversifying long-term returns.


12.35    :    Drinks and Lunch


13.45    :    Session 3:  Pension Policy Developments


headshotModerator: Frank O'Riordan, Professional Trustee & Non Executive Director





Peter FahyPeter Fahy, Chairman, Irish Association of Pension Funds


Strategic & Policy Challenges for Irish Pension Funds - 

An update of current issues such as the Roadmap for Pensions Reform.



Paul BudgenSpeaker tbc






14.55    :    Coffee/Tea



15.10    :    Session 4: Pension Fund Case Studies


Moderator: tbc





Joyce BrennanJoyce Brennan, Director, Irish Pensions Trust


Case Study: Pension De-risking Programme in Ireland

As most Irish pension funds met the MFR last year, this case study explains one pension fund’s strategy to lock in improvements.




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Case Study: ESG in a Pension Fund

A case study of a European pension fund showing the steps it has taken to improve its ESG 






16.00   :    Closing remarks & Drinks reception


16.30   :    Close of Conference


This conference looks at pension investment developments particularly those focusing on the topical areas of real estate, real assets and the credit markets. The afternoon sessions focus on policy initiatives such as the Roadmap for Pensions Reform and master trusts for auto-enrolment. We also hear case studies showing pension initiatives in practice.



The conference is by invitation only for pension funds and other institutional investors. If you are not already receiving an invitation please contact us. A limited number of Complimentary invitations are usually available to genuine pension fund representatives (executives and trustees) and other approved institutional investors. However, to ensure we have room for as many funds as possible, we have to limit free places to 2 attendees per approved organisation thereafter a reduced rate fee is payable per delegate. Furthermore, SPS always reserves the right of admission (free or paid) and our decision is final.



The Westbury, Dublin 2

Balfe Street

Dublin 2, D02 CH66

Hotel Tel: +353 1679 1122

Hotel Fax: +353 1 646 3334








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