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 heighted 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.


Steven SmithSteven Smith, Investment Director, Capital Group


 Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) may be the most transformative and disruptive advancement since the Industrial Revolution. We take a closer look at how AI is not an abstract future development but is happening now as we unpick its history, evolution and potential long term implications for investors. Is AI poised to fuel the next wave of innovation, providing opportunities for companies and investors in the process?  Find out in this session.


13.00     :     Drinks and Lunch  


14.10    :     Session 3: Regulation & ESG Issues


Moderator: Allan Lindsay, Head of Investment Operations, Buck Consultants 





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.



Speaker tbc



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:  tbc 





This session will look at individual case study examples of ESG in practice from a number of pension funds both large and small. What are the biggest challenges to implementing an ESG framework? How do you manage information from managers and other providers? ESG in  areas such as credit, infrastructure and emerging markets. How will this area develop and how will it impact the pension fund?

Panellists include: 



Owen Thorne Owen Thorne, Investment Manager, Merseyside Pension Fund





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







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.



Marriott V & A Hotel, Manchester






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