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SPS Investment Strategies for Pension Funds (DB & DC)

May 10, 2022

The Dilly, London


Join us for this conference, one of the broadest in the SPS UK calendar, where we'll be discussing a wide range of investment strategies, along with practical considerations and developments for both DB & DC schemes. The panel and Q&A sessions will be led by professional trustees and consultants to ensure the key questions and priorities for pension funds are being covered. As the crisis in Ukraine deepens, this conference will provide an excellent opportunity to discuss these fast moving events, and the implications and challenges for pension schemes and investment markets, with senior investment experts and peers in person. 


Full details to be announced

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




Conference start




End of conference followed by drinks reception

Speakers and topics confirmed so far:

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Institutional Relationship Manager

World Gold Council

The case for gold in pension schemes

For DC schemes, member outcomes should be the key factor in setting all aspects of strategy. We expect gold to be an effective risk management tool to support good outcomes for those closer to retirement. For DB schemes, gold is one of a handful of assets that can serve multiple and constructive roles in a portfolio. A store of wealth and a hedge against systemic risk and currency depreciation, gold has historically improved portfolios’ risk adjusted returns and provided liquidity to meet liabilities in times of market stress. 


Head of Long-Only High Yield, Investment Grade and Financial Strategies


Investing in a Quantitative Tightening Environment: Active Fundamental Credit Management with High Income

  • As we move from very accommodative central bank policies towards a quantitative tightening environment, it will likely weigh on forward market returns.

  • There will be dispersion with winners and losers by sector, geography and asset class, meaning active fundamentally driven management is essential in credit investing going forward.-  

  • We believe accessing high income with fundamentally driven investment discipline is the best way to manage through this period of volatility in financial markets, offsetting the higher volatility and dispersion. In addition, active management will facilitate being nimble and liquid, mitigating risks and capturing more opportunities. 

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Managing Director and Group Head, Private Credit

Voya Investment Management

Topic to be confirmed 

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Senior Fund Manager

Royal London Asset Management

Global Equity and Sustainable Transitions

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Lead Investment Consultant

The Pensions Regulator

A Topical Update from the Regulator

This presentation will cover current policy, investment and strategic issues.

Pension Fund Perspectives:


Nick Wheeler

Chairman of Trustees

Volvo Pension Scheme

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Member of Pension Committee

London Borough of Wandsworth

Moderators confirmed so far:

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Richard Butcher

Managing Director


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Jessie Wilson

Professional Trustee

Dalriada Trustees Limited



Bob Hymas

Trustee Executive



The conference is by invitation only for pension funds and other institutional investors and we welcome new attendees from these investors. Therefore if you are not already receiving an invitation please contact us. A limited number of Complimentary invitations are 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 3 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.


The Dilly Hotel, London

21 Piccadilly

London W1 0BH

Hotel Tel: +44 (0)20 7734 8000

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

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