Category: Pensions Industry

A first time for everything: S&P writes for IPE on its methodology for assessing pension fund capital risk

In the Special Report: Credit supplement of this month’s IPE magazine Standard & Poor’s Robin Burnett reveals that pension fund appetite for direct participation in infrastructure debt continues to grow, but this comes with increased risk. In response to this emerging trend, he explains, S&P has created its first ever methodology for assigning a ‘risk …

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Transamerica adopts RiskFirst’s PFaroe to help clients manage DB pension risk

Transamerica Retirement Solutions, a leading provider of customised retirement plan solutions, has adopted RiskFirst’s real-time analytics and reporting platform, PFaroe. Transamerica will use PFaroe, in co-ordination with its investment adviser partners, to help defined benefit (DB) pension plan sponsors better manage risk within their plans. Following outreach by Moorgate, the news was picked up by: …

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RiskFirst discusses the importance of not overlooking pension information security in Pensions World

Matthew Seymour, Managing Director at RiskFirst, this month writes for Pensions World magazine on how a rapidly growing number of pension schemes and consultants are transitioning to web-based analytics systems that provide greater flexibility, convenience and intelligence. However, the key threat to schemes is that sensitive data will be obtained by hackers passing system defences …

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S&P says QE has few benefits for pension schemes

As economic developments in Europe are causing funding conditions of corporate defined benefit (DB) pension plans to deteriorate, senior director and head of corporate research for Standard & Poor’s, Paul Watters, writes for FTSE Global Markets about the less-than-expected impact of the European Central Bank’s (ECB) Quantitate Easing (QE) program. Furthermore, he goes on to …

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Impossible made possible: new S&P criteria for rating pension funds

Pension fund appetite for direct participation in infrastructure debt continues to grow. Yet this brings new risk to assess, Robin Burnett at Standard & Poor’s tells IJGlobal in their EMEA Awards Issue. In response, S&P have started to assign a ‘risk assessment’ to certain types of pension funds, incorporating this assessment into the rating of …

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RiskFirst’s Matthew Seymour describes the “network effect” for P&I magazine

The pensions industry has undergone a technological revolution over the last five to ten years, moving away from paper- and spreadsheet-based reporting to embrace web-based solutions. But this only just scratches the surface of what technology can do, says RiskFirst’s MD Matthew Seymour in an exclusive opinion article for Pensions & Investments magazine. Looking ahead, the …

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The €92 bn increase in European pension liabilities is a by-product of QE, says S&P

Quantitative easing by the European Central Bank (ECB) will likely cause an increase of 11%-18% – between €58 billion and €92 billion – in European pension liabilities for the year 2014, says Senior Director at Standard and Poor’s, Paul Watters. He explains to Actuarial Post that the sharp fall in long-term corporate bond yields – …

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RiskFirst’s Matthew Seymour talks risk management technology in European Pensions

The European pensions space is developing at a phenomenal rate, driven by regulatory changes, shifting attitudes to risk management and the emergence of new investment strategies and techniques. Yet it is within the technology arena that perhaps the most notable developments have occurred. Speaking to European Pensions magazine, Matthew Seymour, Managing Director of RiskFirst, discusses …

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Mitchell Consulting and Quattro Pensions sign up to RiskFirst’s PFaroe

As investment risk rises up the agenda for smaller UK pension schemes, an increasing number of consultants are turning to risk analytics technology to provide them with high-level advice – something that was previously out of reach for all but the larger schemes. As such, this week saw the announcement that two UK consultancies, Quattro …

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SEI selects RiskFirst as a technology partner in the UK

SEI has appointed RiskFirst as a key technology provider for its UK fiduciary management business. The arrangement will see the companies work together to combine RiskFirst’s unique pensions technology expertise with SEI’s highly-regarded investment principles and capabilities. Among the publications which covered the news were: CNBC, Yahoo Finance, ISS Mag, Assetman.net, Institutional Asset Manager, Finextra, …

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