Category: Pensions Industry

What to look for when investing in infrastructure: S&P writes for FT pensions title

Writing for the Financial Times’ Pensions Expert, Michael Wilkins, Managing Director of Infrastructure Finance at Standard & Poor’s, argues that while Europe needs more infrastructure, austerity means the public sector cannot meet the demand for the necessary investment – indeed, the UK alone posts a current deficit of about £60 billion. Wilkins explains that the …

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New year, new Momentum: RiskFirst’s latest client win picked up by the financial press

Momentum Investment Solutions & Consulting (Momentum ISC) is the latest to adopt RiskFirst’s market-leading risk management platform, PFaroe, as it targets growth in the UK investment consulting space. The ISC team, which was formed in August 2014, already has over £10 billion of assets under advice, and is focusing on large defined benefit (DB) pension sponsors and …

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Specialist press covers Premier and Rutherford Wilkinson’s adoption of RiskFirst’s PFaroe

Consultancy Premier and financial planner Rutherford Wilkinson have been announced as the latest to sign up to RiskFirst’s web-based reporting and risk analytics platform. Premier, a UK-wide benefits consultancy providing services to pension plan trustees, individuals and companies, will use PFaroe to drive better decision-making and help clients identify funding and investment risks. PFaroe has …

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Specialist press covers RiskFirst’s latest client win, as Manulife signs up to PFaroe

Manulife Asset Management, the global asset management arm of Canada-based financial services group Manulife, has adopted RiskFirst’s risk analytics and reporting platform, PFaroe.  PFaroe’s risk analytics will complement Manulife Asset Management’s current Liability-Driven Investment (LDI) offering, enabling the asset manager to stress-test clients’ pension plans against economic and demographic assumptions and explore the impact of …

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RiskFirst talks to The Actuary about how the US is striding forward with respect to pensions risk management

Working alongside plan sponsors, actuaries and investment consultancies on both sides of the pond, RiskFirst MD Matthew Seymour is well-placed to discuss the different approaches to pensions risk management in the US and the UK. In an exclusive interview for The Actuary, Seymour compares the two approaches and discusses the increasing trend of LDI and …

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The return of the banks to project finance: S&P looks at the implications in Dutch pension fund magazine

In the June issue of Dutch pension fund APG’s Pensions.doc magazine, Michael Wilkins, Managing Director of Infrastructure Finance at Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, says that over the past 20 years he has seen the project finance sector grow from strength to strength, fast becoming a highly attractive asset class to institutional investors, particularly pension …

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Capita Employee Benefits selects RiskFirst’s PFaroe to enhance holistic consulting approach

Capita Employee Benefits will use RiskFirst’s web-based platform to provide its defined benefit (DB) clients with actuarial valuation, investment monitoring and risk management analytics holistically, and in real-time. Significantly, the agreement means that over a third of UK DB schemes now have an advisor using PFaroe. Following outreach by Moorgate, the news was picked up …

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JLT Employee Benefits signs up to RiskFirst’s PFaroe to manage pension risk in real-time

JLT Employee Benefits – one of the UK’s leading providers of employee benefits services – has adopted RiskFirst’s real-time analytics and reporting platform, PFaroe, enabling another 400+ UK pension schemes to benefit from PFaroe’s analytics. JLT Employee Benefits will use it as a tool to add value to its advisory services, allowing it to provide …

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Natixis the latest to adopt RiskFirst’s risk management platform, PFaroe

Global investment bank Natixis has become the latest to adopt RiskFirst’s real-time analytics and reporting platform, PFaroe. Natixis will use PFaroe to help clients better understand the risk inherent with their defined benefit pension liabilities, allowing more effective solutions. Following outreach by Moorgate the news was picked up by: Institutional Asset Manager, Wealth Adviser, FSTech, …

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Is QE the death of DB? S&P tells Pensions Today that reigning in pension plan deficits will be a huge challenge for companies over the coming years

It is the view of Paul Watters, Senior Director at Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, that recent economic developments are causing the funding conditions for corporate defined-benefit (DB) pension plans to deteriorate. He explores this view in this month’s edition of Pensions Today, in which he points out that such pension schemes in Europe are …

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