SPS Virtual:
Alternative / Innovative Investing for Pension Funds

September 17, 2020


This interactive virtual meeting will seek to help pension funds to review the place of alternative / innovative investment strategies in their portfolios. We will look at a range of leading-edge and alternative strategies, either public or private, seeking to find different ways to address current challenges and to assess their impact on diversifying risks, improving returns and/or funding levels and on meeting specific income requirements.  We will also consider practical issues such as impact of technology and AI, liquidity, fees, hedging, transparency and implementation.





Session One 

Deputy Chief Investment Officer

British Airways Pension Investment Management Ltd.

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Head of Community Housing and Portfolio Manager


Responsible Investment Strategy in Social/Affordable Housing

  • Impact investing in UK housing (including how to measure and report on those goals);

  • Teaming with local authorities to build sustainable communities to address the need for additional UK housing while providing attractive inflation-linked returns for investors;

  • As a newer area for private markets investing we have found a good deal of investor interest in the space as they look to learn more, particularly as it ticks boxes from both an RI and investment point of view

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Market Intelligence Group

World Gold Council

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Head of Sales EMEA

World Gold Council

Gold: a Multifaceted Investment

This presentation will explain why gold’s characteristics make it a suitable and multifaceted investment.

  •  Is it time to swap out some bonds for gold?

  • Why should investors look at gold as an asset class in its own right rather than just a subset of broader commodities?




Session Two 

Client Director


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Managing Director

J.P. Morgan Asset Management Global Special Situations

Post Covid Credit Opportunities?

The credit market have changed dramatically since the Covid crisis began this spring creating a uniquely constructive  investment landscape for distressed and event driven/stressed (Special Situation) investors.  What does the Global Special Situations investment opportunity look like today?  How have EU and US monetary responses changed the investment landscape?  Will the record downgrades and defaults seen in the second quarter continue?  How will the Covid credit opportunity evolve as we continue through the crisis? 


Himanshu Chaturvedi

Managing Director, Pensions Practice

Cambridge Associates

Embracing Innovative Investment Strategies

Incorporating innovative and often unfamiliar strategies in portfolios is a highly attractive proposition for pension funds in the current environment. These strategies often require a slightly different approach to incorporating them within strategic investment policy formulation and to implement successfully. We will explore how to navigate some of the most important issues when investing in these strategies.



The First UK Bus Pension Scheme

Pension Fund perspective






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


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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