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Current Investment Issues for Pension Funds



7 November 2019
London – Le Meridien Piccadilly



Full details to be announced


This will be a full day conference with approximate timings of:


08.30  :   Registration


09.00  :   Conference Start 


12.55  :   Lunch


17.00  :   End of conference followed by drinks reception


Speakers and topics to include:


Paul SkinnerPaul Skinner, Investment Director, Wellington Management


Long Term Credit Investing with an ESG Influence: How does today's macro environment affect that?

  •  Cash flows are becoming more important to all schemes
  •  As we invest for long term cash flow, how do we consider ESG influences?
  • As the cycle matures and Central Banks react, what does this mean for those assets? 


Foort HamelinkDr. Foort Hamelink, ESG Research and Solutions, Lombard Odier Investment Management


The Climate Emergency: Practical Ideas for Asset Portfolios

The urgency for actions by pension plans around climate change continues to mount from various sources including from the Pensions Regulator. Various governments have pledged support on climate change initiatives including the UK government who have set a specific target by 2050. In this session, we will consider the potential investment implications of climate change on investment portfolios that UK pension schemes have invested in. We will also provide practical examples of how climate risk and opportunity can be built into equity and buy & hold fixed income portfolios


Bill DeRocheBill DeRoche, Head of AGFiQ Alternative Strategies, AGF Investments


Hedge or Seek Yield?


  • Given the current low-yield environment coupled with heightened equity market volatility, income-seeking investors face unprecedented challenges
  • Diversification and the inclusion of alternative investments have become more important to investors who seek yield but are uncomfortable with the addition of significant interest rate, credit and equity risk
  • How can investors utilize alternative investment strategies in an effort to generate yield while potentially hedging against equity market volatility?

Andrew Cole, Fund Manager, Pictet Asset Management


Market Outlook

The outlook for the markets and the influence of macroeconomic forces on asset class returns over the medium and long term.


 Chris Powell, Investment Director Cambridge Associates





Rebecca Davis, Investment Director, Cambridge Associates


 A balancing act: in pursuit of income, growth and diversification

 Balancing the need for income and growth has led to a rise in cashflow driven investing (CDI) strategies, which typically rely on fixed income investments and are inherently less diversified than traditional pension scheme allocations. We believe a more holistic approach to portfolio construction is required to increase diversification, generate sufficient income, and ultimately help trustees achieve their long term goals.


Adam Matthews, Director of Ethics and Engagement, Church of England Pensions Board





 Aled Jones, Head of Sustainable Investment, Europe, FTSE Russell


Sustainable Investing/ESG Issues




 Quentin Fitzsimmons, Portfolio Manager, Fixed Income, T. Rowe Price


The Economic State of the World (in relation to Fixed Income)



With pressure increasing on pension funds from a number of fronts, this conference aims to examine the key issues currently facing pension fund investors and to explore a range of investment strategies that may help to manage and control these.  We will also seek to include consideration of practical issues such as governance, sustainable investing and ESG, implementation, fees and monitoring.


Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

21 Piccadilly 

London W1 0BH

Hotel Tel: 0870 400 8400

Hotel Fax: 020 7437 3574


The hotel is located on the north side of Piccadilly, close to Piccadilly Circus, only two minutes walk from Piccadilly Circus underground station.





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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