Seeking Income & Stable Returns for Pension Fund Investors

April 2, 2020

London – Le Meridien Piccadilly, London


This conference aims to examine various investment strategies that can help pension funds to achieve more forecastable and stable income and returns by using diversification and less risky strategies with equities,bonds, property, infrastructure and other real asset investments designed to reduce volatility and risk. In assessing the options available, we will consider practical issues such as governance, liquidity, fees, inflation,transparency and how to balance risks with expected returns to achieve differing scheme objectives.


Seeking Income & Stable Returns for Pension Fund Investors


Registration and coffee


Welcome and opening remarks

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Managing Director

Specialist Pension Services


Session 1: Managing Cashflow






Fixed Income Investment Manager

Kames Capital

The stable qualities of short-dated bonds 

As defined-benefit pension schemes mature, there is a greater focus on generating reliable cash-flows to meet pension payments. Short-dated bonds can help schemes to capture attractive yields with very low levels of portfolio volatility, limited interest-rate sensitivity and attractive levels of liquidity. Short-dated bonds are also attractive for the DC pensions market, which favours stable investment strategies to support the decumulation phase. This presentation will show why short-dated bonds can be attractive for corporate, local government and DC pension investors.

Speaker to be confirmed


Aviva Investors

Making CDI accessible to all

With funding levels improving and cashflow profiles maturing, pension schemes are increasingly focussed on their ‘end game’. Capacity constraints in the BPA market will inevitably result in many schemes considering ‘self-sufficiency’ as an alternative to buy-in/buy-out. In this context we will explore the case for Cashflow Driven Investing (CDI) and how the asset management industry might innovate to make CDI solutions accessible to
schemes of all sizes.




Session 2: Real Estate Income


To be confirmed



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Fund Manager, Secure Income Strategy

Columbia Threadneedle

Where is the Opportunity in Long Lease Real Estate?

  • Long lease market overview – history, background, evolution etc – its crowded! Queues queues queues!

  • Where it the opportunity? Why small is beautiful (pricing, diversification, access to product)

  • Don’t overlook the risks! Why boring is best (integrated real estate and credit due diligence).

  • Conclusion – apply a tried-and-tested investment approach to this part of the market

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Investment Director


Commercial Real Estate Debt

  • UK/European Real Estate Debt Overview

  • Delivering Secured Income with Downside Protection

  • Real Estate Debt Case Study


Drinks and lunch


Session 3: ABS and Private Debt


To be confirmed




Head of Credit Research

Royal London Asset Management

ABS - 'Analysts in Wonderland'

Exhibiting a labyrinth of inefficiencies and huge scope for information discovery, not least due to increasingly bewildering regulations, ABS can offer a rich landscape of diverse opportunities for active managers – as long as they’re prepared to look for them. However, with the resurgence of structured bonds from the dark days of the financial crisis, and returning complacency encouraging commoditised thinking, it is easy to take a wrong turn as you try to navigate a course through the asset class, with investors potentially beginning to repeat some historical missteps.  This session will help investors to plot a path beneath the surface of this apparently homogenous sector, demonstrating how all ABS deals are anything but equal; and outline how targeted credit analysis can add excess credit returns, whilst dampening volatility, across an extremely diverse range of economic exposures and bond Structures.


Head of Investment, Private Debt

HSBC Global Asset Management

Positioning your Allocation to Private Debt

  • Private Debt market overview

  • Perspectives on risk/return dynamics

  • Market backdrop and rate of deployment

  • A more defensive approach




Session 4: Practical Issues & Pension Fund Insights


To be confirmed




Founding Partner, B Capital Partners &

Non-Executive Director, London Pensions Authority

Incorporating ESG Considerations into Infrastructure Assessments

Pension Fund Insights

How should pension funds react to the major economic challenges that lie ahead? The panel will discuss their infrastructure & real assets investment challenges and solutions.  Panellists to include:

Richard Scrimgeour

Head of Fixed Income

Lloyds Banking Group Pensions


Trustee Chairman

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Assistant Executive Director, Pensions

Greater Manchester Pension Fund


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.

ESG & Impact Investing for Pension Funds - Postponed

May 14, 2020 - Postponed

Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Irish Pension Fund Investment & Current Issues - Postponed

June 10, 2020 - Postponed

Royal College of Physicians, Dublin

Investment Strategies & Cash Flow Management for Maturing Pension Funds

July 9, 2020

Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Fiduciary Management & Investment Governance for Pension Funds - Rescheduled date

July 16, 2020

Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Seeking Income & Stable Returns for Pension Fund Investors - Rescheduled date

July 23, 2020

Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Local Authority Pension Fund Investment Issues - Rescheduled date

July 30, 2020

Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Adding Value through Credit & High Yield Investing for Pension Funds

September 3, 2020

Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Alternative / Innovative Investing for Pension Funds

September 17, 2020

Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Dutch Pension Fund Investors: Focus on ESG & Impact Investing

September 23, 2020

Apollo Hotel, Amsterdam

Nordic Institutional Investors: Focus on ESG, Impact & Sustainable Investing

October 1, 2020

7A Strandvagen, Stockholm

Property, Infrastructure & Real Asset Investment Strategies for Pension Funds

October 8, 2020

Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Current Investment Issues for Pension Funds

November 5, 2020

Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

LGPS Investors: Focus on ESG, Responsible & Sustainable Investing

November 12, 2020

Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

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November 19, 2020

Victoria & Albert Marriott Hotel, Manchester

SPS Private Market Investors' Annual Seminar

December 3, 2020

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Media Partners

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Given the escalating situation with Coronavirus/Covid-19, unfortunately we have taken the decision to postpone all SPS conferences up to 22 June 2020. New, but inevitably provisional, conference dates are being arranged. We will be making decisions very shortly regarding conferences after 22 June and we will directly notify everyone involved as well as updating our website.

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