Category: Pensions Industry

Writing for Property Week, S&P allays fears over investment in the UK’s private rental sector following Budget statement

With the release of the Chancellor’s Budget last month, new taxes on property raised concerns among UK investors. However, in an opinion piece for leading real estate magazine Property Week, Michael Wilkins, managing director of infrastructure finance at Standard and Poor’s, argues that the attractiveness of the UK’s private rental sector (PRS) is likely to …

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S&P’s report on the growth of the UK’s Private Rented Sector covered by the specialist press

High demand for rental homes is seeing investment flow into the British Private Rental Sector (PRS). According to a new S&P report, ‘Generation Rent’, the market has doubled in the past 25 years to close to 20% of the total housing stock, and this share is set to grow further. The report shows that assets …

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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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