Investment Insights & Issues for Dutch Pension Funds


20 September 2018
Apollo Hotel, Amsterdam



Investment Insights & Issues for Dutch Pension Funds

08.45    :    Registration and Coffee


09.15    :    Welcome & Opening Remarks


TrevorTrevor Cook, Managing Director, Specialist Pension Services





09.20   :      Session 1:  Introduction


Hedwig PetersModerator: Hedwig Peters, Independent Board Member Including, Stichting Pensioenfonds Haskoning DHV




                  Keynote Address:


Han de Jong, Chief Economist, ABN AMRO Bank


Dutch Pension Funds and Missed Opportunities





Matthew BullockMatthew Bullock, Investment Director, Multi-Asset Strategies, Wellington Management


How to Make Alternative Risk Premia Work for You

  • A well-constructed Alternative Risk Premia strategy can help pension schemes to lower fees, increase transparency and maintain good liquidity in their portfolios.
  • Understanding these and other benefits of Alternative Risk premia and how they can drive performance and offer smoother, more consistent returns over time.
  • Practical examples of how Alternative Risk Premia can enhance portfolios, with a variety of objectives.  



Alexander OhlAlexander Ohl, Head of Credit Team, Union Investment


Structured Credit - Why CLOs are the Better Loan Investments

 The complexity of Loan securitizations and CLos (corporate loan securitization) leads to better returns, a reduction of default risk and additional liquidity. This session will focus on demystifying the complexity involved and showing the advantages of earning a complexity premium over adding risk. It will pave the way from debt investments to CLOs and why they are better prepared to weathering coming storms. 


11.10    :    Coffee/Tea



11.40     :    Session 2: A look at Active Equity


Astrid SmitModerator: Astrid Smit, Portfolio Manager External Mandates, PGB Pensioendiensten





Steve WayStephen Way, Senior Vice President and Head of Global & EM Equities, AGF Investments


Disruption in the Consumer & Financial Sectors

  • How will disruptive innovation reshape the global financial and consumer sectors?
  • Who are the winners and losers?
  • Disruption risk in different geographies



Julie DicksonJulie Dickson, Investment Specialist Global Equity, Capital Group


Benchmark Issues and the Challenges of Measuring Success: an Unconstrained Approach

While traditional benchmarks have long provided investors like pension funds with a tool for measuring performance and selecting managers, the question is whether they are still relevant in today's markets? This talk will focus on why a benchmark agnostic approach might make more sense. It also addresses the possible negative effects of using traditional benchmarks on the delivery of results. Finally it will elaborate on how a global active investment approach can lead to a better risk reward trade off and improved metrics for measuring success.



12.50    :     Drinks and Lunch


14.00    :     Session 3: Equity/ESG



Moderator: Alex Neve, Fiduciary Manager, APG






Aled JonesAled Jones, Head of Sustainable Investment, FTSE Russell


Integrating Sustainable Investment into Passive Portfolios -an Index Provider's Perspective

This talk will

  • Describe how and why demand is increasing for index based approaches to sustainable investment implementation
  • Demonstrate how investor objectives on sustainable investment can be incorporated into index design
  • Highlight the outcomes of sustainable investment index design
  • Outline how an index provider can engage the market and provide alignment with Asset Owner stewardship / engagement objectives




Alex IllingworthAlex Illingworth, Fund Manager, Artemis Investment Management


ESG: What really matters?

Numerous terms - responsible investment, sustainability, governance, engagement, corporate responsibility, stewardship - parade beneath the banner of ESG. Often used interchangeably, such terms are subject to loose interpretation and cover a broad spectrum. So which measures enhance investment returns? And how should ESG analysis inform investment decisions?




15.15          Pension Fund Investors Perspectives: What's High on Your Agenda? 




Panellists confirmed to date: 




Rob van LeeuwenRob van Leeuwen, Supervisory including Chairman of the Supervisory Committee, Stichting Pensioenfonds Goudse Haven





Jose Suarez Menedez José Suarez Menedez, Chairman of the Board, Het Nederlandse Pensioenfonds






Danny van Wijk

 Danny van Wijk, Manager External Managers, Appolaris







16.00    :    Drinks Reception & Close of Conference


This conference will be conducted in English and will be targeted at Dutch and other Benelux pension funds, although pension funds and institutional investors from the UK and other parts of Europe 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 Benelux pension funds as well as consideration of any requirements specific to Dutch 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.


Apollo Hotel  

Apollolaan 2

1077 BA Amsterdam

Tel: +31 20 673 59 22






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