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Viewpoint: Global custody for pension schemes – are you paying more than your neighbour?

Pension schemes take a highly sophisticated approach to managing their assets. Their approach to managing their advisers and service providers has become more sophisticated, too, but there is more that can be done.

Investment pool duo launches new funds claiming £4.6bn in LGPS assets

UK investment pools Border to Coast Pensions Partnership and ACCESS have launched new funds for their partner schemes, claiming a combined £4.6bn (€5.4bn) of Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) assets.

Viewpoint: Do your best to heed SFDR RTS despite delay, complexity

The sustainable finance disclosure regulation represents a steep learning curve for most firms, says Emma Bickerstaffe, ESG & sustainability director at asset management consultancy MJ Hudson.

MJ Hudson announces JV conceived by Sarah Smart

MJ Hudson, the service provider to the asset management industry, has announced the creation of a joint venture with SmartCats Consulting, owned by well-known industry figure Sarah Smart, who became chair of the pensions regulator in June.

Mandate roundup: Swiss scheme seeks passive bond manager for $1bn

The local authority had appointed MJ Hudson to provide advice on the initial invitation to tender; the firm was also on the evaluation panel, the notice said.

Asset management roundup: TISA MiFID II reporting platform goes live

The Investing and Savings Alliance (TISA) today announced the launch of TISA Universal Reporting Network (TURN), a platform aimed at easing regulatory reporting requirements of MiFID II that is now available across Europe.

UK consultants push for improved sustainable investment practices

Several investment consulting firms in the UK have set up the Investment Consultants Sustainability Working Group, with the aim of seeking to improve sustainable investment practices across the investment industry.

Pension funds see ARPs performance drop 21%

Some alternative risk premia (ARPs) products are down 21% for the year as pension funds continue to see mixed returns from their diversifying strategies.

BlackRock hires in readiness for boom in fiduciary activity

Alex Pollak to join the asset manager’s UK fiduciary business as head of clients ahead of an expected increase in tenders.

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