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SPS Current Investment Issues for Pension Funds

November 9, 2023

The View at the Royal College of Surgeons, London


This wide-ranging event aims to address the most pressing investment issues and challenges facing pension funds looking ahead to 2024. We will include strategies designed to help pension funds to manage these issues and to take account of current and anticipated global and local regulatory and economic impacts, as well as investment considerations and practical matters such as ESG/impact, climate and biodiversity considerations, diversity, cashflow, performance, costs, risk management, and DC default and lifestyle strategies.





Session 1

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Moderated by: 

Ian McKinlay

Director, Pegasus Investment Services


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Lead Investment Consultant

The Pensions Regulator


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Lead Investment Consultant

The Pensions Regulator

Regulatory update: Current initiatives for DB and DC pension funds

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Senior Consultant

XPS Pensions Group

Top challenges for pension funds going into 2024

•    Reform for DB pension schemes - our view of what success could look like
•    How the LDI market currently looks and how things might develop from here
•    The need to look beyond sterling investment grade bonds for a low dependency portfolio



Tea/Coffee Break


Session 2


Moderated by: 

Phil Triggs

Tri-borough Director of Treasury and Pensions

Westminster City Council

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Partner, Investment Solutions

P/E Investments

Currency matters: Can you reduce risk and improve returns?

Understanding an "uncompensated risk" and using it to pay pensions

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Head of Multi Asset London

Pictet Asset Management

Interest Rate Risk

•    Regulatory requirements, risk aversion and the retirement of the Baby boomers has seen unprecedented demand for Fixed Income securities particularly from closed Defined Benefit Pension Schemes over the last twenty years.
•    Higher than expected inflation and rising bond yields have destroyed as decade or more of real returns.
•    Have positive real yields at last bought to an end the period of Financial Repression?
•    Are investors including Pension Funds likely to reassess how much Fixed Income risk they have and or how might they seek diversification?





Session 3

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Moderated by: 

Michael Clark

Trustee Director


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Partner, Chief Investment Officer

Barnett Waddingham

Multi-Asset investing – with the decline of liquid vehicles, are we about to see a renaissance within illiquid assets driven by the Mansion House reforms?
•    What trends have been seen across multi-asset investing over the past 5 years and how do we see those progressing
•    Examining the Mansion House reforms from both a DB and DC perspective
•    Where do these reforms leave our outlook for multi-asset investing?  Will we see an evolution in product design to focus on private, rather than liquid, assets within multi-asset portfolios


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Founder and CEO

London Politica

Geopolitical Address: Three trends that will disrupt the investment landscape

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Chief Investment Officer

Barclays Pension Fund

Routes to endgame: why buyout shouldn’t be the only game in town

•    Buy out is an option: is it the right decision, versus continuation?
•    Optionality is also an important asset, harvesting longer term investments
•    Long term decisions support economic growth outcomes 

Tony's presentation will be followed by a discussion with:

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Independent Trustee and

Client Director, Zedra


Close of conference followed and drinks reception


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 View at the Royal College of Surgeons

38-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields

Tel: 020 7869 6703

The View is centrally located at Lincoln’s Inn Fields within easy walking distance of Holborn (Piccadilly and Central lines) and Temple (District and Circle Lines) underground stations. It is a short taxi or underground journey from most major rail stations. Two NCP car parks are situated nearby.

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