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SPS Virtual: European Pensions Investment, Post-Covid

June 3, 2021

Seeking Returns and Investing Sustainably.


This conference is aimed at pension funds/institutional investors from across Europe as they seek to navigate the post-Covid investment landscape and to assess opportunities and challenges post-pandemic. The speakers will discuss opportunities in different asset classes in the current and future investment environment, including perspectives on alternatives and emerging market debt. They will also consider the role of sustainable investment in the rebuilding post-pandemic and incorporating climate scenarios in asset allocation.

During the conference, delegates will have the opportunity to join small groups to discuss specific topics.


This will be a virtual conference .  Timings are CEST. UK/Irish times start one hour earlier


Registration & Meet and Greet


Session 1:Seeking Returns

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Hedwig Peters

Board Member

Stichting Pensioenfonds HaskoningDHV


Head of Alternatives

Velliv Pension & Livsforsikring (Denmark)

Alternatives During Crises?

Alternative investments have become very popular for pension funds throughout Europe. This session discusses recent empirical research investigating the behaviour of various Alternatives during historical market crashes.


Investment Director Fixed Income

Capital Group

Is EM Local Currency Debt still worth investing in?

In this presentation we discuss the key reasons if and why investors should still consider investing in EM local currency debt, the factors behind the recent weakness in the asset class returns and the importance of selectivity to find attractive opportunities in EM local currency debt.


European High Yield Portfolio Manager/Analyst, Fixed Income

T. Rowe Price

High Yield: Where are the opportunities in a Post-Crisis Recovery

While spreads are at the tighter end of their two year range, the market environment is now far more supportive than it has been in past due to fiscal and monetary support for economic growth. As the COVID-19 situation improves, the fundamentals driving economic growth will need to be balanced against technicals in financial markets driven by potential inflation concerns. We will discuss if sub investment grade companies stand to benefit from the strong economic growth given their higher degree of leverage and expected defaults rates. From a global perspective we will look at where the opportunities are in high yield and consider how resilient they are to future volatility.



Mid morning break - Discussion room & Sponsor Lounges open

Session 2:  Sustainability



Rob Meaney

Responsible Investment Lead, Ireland


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Vice President & Portfolio Manager

AGF Investments

ESG 2.0

From the margins to the mainstream, ESG factors have become an essential component in modern investment management. Yet the very popularity of common ESG approaches ensure their reduced efficacy in the next 20 years, whether for alpha generation or impact. Today’s ESG risk management emphasis will likely evolve into a focus on the purpose of the corporation itself as investors recognize the need for more proactive approaches and the transformative opportunities of key sustainability challenges. The Covid‐19 crisis has provided a challenge for investors to accept a broader societal role than solely generating income for retirement.


Head of Strategic Asset Allocation (SAA) Research

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Climate Scenarios and Strategic Asset Allocation

How can you use Climate scenarios to inform strategic asset allocation? Estimating the effect of different climate scenarios on investment returns.


Responsible Investment Strategist

Pensioenfond van de Metalektro (PME), The Netherlands

Sustainability - pension fund case study



Discussion room and sponsor lounges open

Virtual conference closes


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. SPS always reserves the right of admission (free or paid) and our decision is final.

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SPS Virtual will be hosted on a dedicated webpage so you won’t need to download any specific software.

Full login and password details will be sent to you after you register.

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