Current Investment Issues for Pension Funds

November 7, 2019

London – Le Meridien Piccadilly, London


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.


Current Investment Issues for Pension Funds


Registration and coffee


Welcome and opening remarks

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Managing Director

Specialist Pension Services


Session 1: Market Outlook & Fixed Income

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Senior Investment Analyst

Royal Mail Pension Plan


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.


Portfolio Manager Fixed Income & Brexit Lead

T. Rowe Price

Economic State of the World (In relation to Fixed Income)

This talk will provide an updated outlook for the UK and global economy and its relevance for fixed income.


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?




Session 2: ESG Issues



Senior Investment Consultant

Momentum Solutions & Consulting


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.


Head of Sustainable Investment, Europe

FTSE Russell


Director of Ethics and Engagement

Church of England Pensions Board

Implementing Climate Change into Passive Portfolios

This talk will discuss how investor objectives on sustainable investment can be incorporated into index design. Discussing with the Church of England Pensions Board, the talk will discuss the aims, process and possible outcomes of looking at a more climate friendly investment portfolio.


Drinks and lunch


Session 3:  Income and Diversification

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Professional Trustee

Capital Cranfield


Investment Director

Cambridge Associates European Pension Practice

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.

Investment Director

Cambridge Associates European Pension Practice


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?




Session 4: Keynote and Case Studies

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Client Director

Punter Southall Governance Services Limited


Chairman, Fintech North and

Visiting Professor of Financial Technology, University of Leeds

Fees & Cost Transparency

Pension Fund Experiences

A panel of pension scheme executives and trustees will talk about their pension fund’s investment strategies and experiences.  Panellists to include: 

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Chief Executive Officer

British Airways Pensions

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United Reformed Church Ministers' Pensions Trust Ltd.


Drinks reception and close of conference


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.


Le Meridien Piccadilly Hotel, London

21 Piccadilly

London W1 0BH

Hotel Tel: 08700 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.

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Given the continuing situation with Coronavirus/Covid-19, we have taken the decision to run some of our conferences virtually. Our updated conference calendar gives the dates of those events and the events we are currently planning to hold physically.

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