Northern Investment Conference for Pension Funds 



22 November 2018
Marriott V&A Hotel, Manchester



Northern Investment Conference for Pension Funds

08.45    :    Registration and Coffee


09.15    :    Welcome & Opening Remarks


TrevorTrevor Cook, Managing Director, Specialist Pension Services





09.25   :      Session 1:  Long Term View & Property Investing


Philip Hebson  Moderator: Philip Hebson, Senior Advisor, MJ Hudson Allenbridge





Sorca Kelly-ScholteSorca Kelly-Scholte, Head of EMEA Pensions Solutions & Advisory, J.P. Morgan Asset Management


2019 Long Term Capital Market Assumptions

Sorca will present J.P. Morgan Asset Management's 2019 Long-Term Capital Market Assumptions and their implications for institutional investors. Now in its 23rd year of publication, the Assumptions provide their annual assessment of the long-term outlook across all major asset classes and markets over the next 10 to 15 years.



Adrian JonesAdrian Jones, Director, Alternative Assets, Allianz Global Investors


Investing in UK Residential Property

We will explore how current market inefficiencies within the residential real estate market create an opportunity for institutional investors to tap into this market and unlock attractive returns. 


10.40     :    Coffee/Tea


11.10     :    Session 2: Alternative Opportunities 


Moderator: Julie Alexander, Senior Investment Consultant, Willis Towers Watson







Mark Webster Mark Webster, Vice President, Portfolio Manager, Acadian Asset Management


The Opportunities and Risks of China A-Shares Investing

Earlier this summer MSCI added a limited number of domestically listed China A-Shares to their Emerging Markets and related equity indices. While this expansion is small in index weight, it nonetheless represents an important moment for the world's second largest equity market. Does this event present a meaningful opportunity for emerging markets investors? This talk will focus on the China A-Shares market. We will highlight the opportunities, as well as the risks, of investing in this large and unique market.



Flavio CarpenzanoFlavio CarpenzanoSenior Portfolio Manager, Fixed Income, AllianceBernstein


The Future of Fixed Income - How Innovative Technology can Yield Better Returns

Fixed income markets are evolving and creating challenges for investors. The market has rapidly expanded, yet post the financial crisis inventories and liquidity have shrunk. Clients need to ask their investment managers if they can meet three key challenges that could have significant impact, particularly in times of heightened stress; liquidity, scarce alpha and regulation. Empowering portfolio management teams by integrating sophisticated technology into robust fundamental and quantitative fixed income processes will be key to solving this.


Simon LevellSimon Levell, Managing Director, Consultant Relations, Europe, Capital Group


Non-Traditional Ways to access EM Opportunities

Emerging markets continue to represent an interesting investment opportunity, but accessing them is not straightforward. In particular, traditional index-based approaches have considerable challenges: There is poor correlation between GDP growth and stock market returns. Indices are distorted and suffer from concentration bias. The inherent volatility of the asset class is still off-putting for many investors. Approaches that broaden the opportunity set across traditional silos - such as asset class and geography - may be able to address some of these challenges and enable investors to benefit from the growth opportunities that these markets can offer. 


13.00     :     Drinks and Lunch  


14.10    :     Session 3: Regulation & ESG Issues


Moderator: Allan Lindsay, Head of Investment Operations, Buck 





Fred BerryFred Berry, Lead Investment Consultant, The Pensions Regulator


What's next for Pensions Regulation?

This session will look at the latest round of regulation and what this means for trustees. The session will cover both DB and DC schemes. It will also highlight the new ESG requirements for Trustees.



Hill Gaston, Investment Consultant, Mercer



Practical Implementation of ESG in Pension Funds

This session will look at practical ways that pension funds can implement ESG within their funds. To include creating and implementing a responsible investment framework and working with managers and companies to ensure effective ESG implementation.



ESG: Pension Fund Insights


Moderator:  Allan Lindsay, Head of Investment Operations, Buck





This session will look at 2 different case study examples of ESG in practice. The first will focus on the more practical aspects of implementing a policy on behalf of the Trustee and share the experience to date.  The second will look at implementing a low carbon strategy in passive equities incorporating a multi-factor element. The afternoon speakers, Gaston Hill and Fred Berry, will also join the panel Q&A and we hope to answer a range of questions perhaps including issues such as ESG in credit, infrastructure and EM and how to manage information from managers.



Pam TaylorPam Taylor, UK & Ireland Group Pensions Manager, BASF UK Group Pension Scheme






 Owen Thorne, Investment Manager, Merseyside Pension Fund




16.00   :    Drinks Reception & Close of Conference


This conference is targeted at UK institutional pension fund investors, however, interested pension funds and other institutional investors from further afield are also welcome. We will aim to examine the latest trends and the outlook for investments whilst taking into account practical issues of interest to UK pension funds. 


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.



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