SPS  Optimising Value in Bonds for Pension Funds

September 2, 2021

The Dilly, London


This conference will examine a range of bond investment options designed to enable pension funds to add value as well as to achieve specific goals such as improving returns, generating cash flows and reducing volatility. We seek to include analysis of how such goals performed under the extreme conditions of 2020 and if there are lessons to draw from this, as well as practical issues such as implementation, fees, transparency, ESG compliance, regulation, income, credit risk, liquidity, interest rates and geopolitical impacts.


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




Welcome and opening remarks


Session One: Multi Asset Credit and High Yield



Gerald Wellesley

Client Director

Punter Southall Governance Services



Liquid Multi-Asset Credit

  • Following global government responses to Covid-19, credit markets continue to face headwinds.

  • Investors searching for income face a stark choice between low yielding equities and investment grade bonds, which carry little forward-looking income and high interest rate sensitivity.

  • We believe liquid multi-asset credit offers a third way that can deliver high income and capture relative value opportunities for investors, while mitigating loss risk from defaults through fundamental analysis.​

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


Fund Manager, Artemis' Global High Yield Bond Strategies

The Role of Active Global High Yield in a Diversified Portfolio

  • High Yield has historically been beneficial when included in diversified portfolios

  • An underappreciated diversity within the asset class allows for significant flexibility

  • A truly active, index-agnostic and global approach may unlock further advantages for investors

Artemis Investment Management


Coffee Break


Session Two: Loans & CLOs plus Economic Perspective



Celene Lee




Senior Fund Manager

Royal London Asset Management

Loans and Collateralised Loan Obligations (CLOs): a Source of Return in an Uncertain Market?

  • What are the key features of Loans and CLOs

  • What are the risks and rewards associated with investing in Loans and CLOs

  • When might they be a good investment and under what situations do they work best

  • What is the current outlook for the asset classes

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International Economist

T. Rowe Price

Three Reasons Why Bond Yields may Rise

  • The Three D’s behind low bond yields today

  • UK post-Brexit competition for global talent

  • Future trends to watch including the transition to the net zero economy




Session Three: ESG and Pension Fund Case Study

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Kunal Chavda

Director, Fixed Income


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Head of Sustainability Integration Fixed Income


Climate Investing in Fixed Income

No longer a fringe idea, climate change and climate risk is a mainstream issue facing all of us. Pension funds share this burden and seek solutions that help them address this risk whilst aligning to their broader sustainability commitments and the expectations of their beneficiaries.  Whilst climate solutions in listed equities have been on the rise, innovative fixed income solutions have been slower to develop.  In this session, we explore the role bonds will play to support investors’ sustainability objectives and we consider the opportunities for pension funds to address climate risk in their fixed income portfolios.

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Head of Fixed Income ESG Research

Willis Towers Watson

 ESG Investing in Fixed Income and Green Bonds:

  • What are the material risks and opportunities across fixed income from an asset owners view?

  • What are the best practices we have observed from asset managers and where can we see room for improvement?

  • What are the key considerations when investing in green bonds?

  • What is our framework for assessing sustainability practices?

  • How can asset managers can improve outcomes and propel the industry forward?

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Nationwide Pension Fund Trustee Ltd

Pension Fund Case Study


Summary and Close followed by drinks


End of Conference


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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