Reading Time: 5 minutes Intuitively we know that one of the largest single risks facing a defined-benefit pension fund is longevity – that of its members living longer. Techniques exist to quantify this risk, but for several reasons it remains difficult for pension funds to properly “deal” with this risk within their existing framework : 1. It doesn’t feel … More Live long & prosper : how DB schemes can manage longevity risk
Reading Time: 2 minutes The Financial Awards 2013 were held at the Victoria & Albert museum in London in October 2013. It was a doubly enjoyable evening as Redington were awarded consulting firm of the year, ahead of all our main competitors. Another recognition in a really great year and testament to a huge amount of hard work and teamwork. In … More One night at the V&A
Reading Time: < 1 minute If you’d like to read more about these ideas then why not check out my first blog which mentioned the ideas, from back in September 2012 here, or you can read more detail about how volatility control allows you to protect a portfolio against sharp falls, for a much reduced cost compared to a passive … More Short video: Driving to the conditions, equity volatility and how to control it
Reading Time: 3 minutes This Tuesday I’ve got the pleasure of moderating a panel discussion at the CBOE Risk Management Conference on the subject of option usage among institutional investors. Over the last few days I’ve been thinking about how to approach this topic with the panellists, who represent some of the largest and most sophisticated institutional investors across Europe … More The Role of Options
Reading Time: 4 minutes Ever since the world’s major central banks first started their various programs of liquidity injection and asset purchase, financial markets have for the most part existed in an odd world where, paradoxically, bad news on the economy was believed to hail increased asset purchases and therefore was positive news for the prices of equities, credit … More Why Bad News is no longer Good News (almost)
Reading Time: 3 minutes The Highway Code is full of great advice, designed to keep us safe on the roads, what is less well-known is that it also contains some very helpful advice on investment strategy, take for example sub-paragraph 146 of General Rules, Techniques and Advice for all drivers : 146 Adapt your driving to the appropriate type and … More What does The Highway Code say about investment strategy ?
Reading Time: 5 minutes Recent research by Deutsche Bank helps pension funds understand differences between the models commonly used by asset managers and advisors to allocate their assets Deutsche Bank (DB) recently published a substantial piece of work analysing different approaches to portfolio construction which makes a useful contribution to the existing material available on the issue. http://pull.db-gmresearch.com/cgi-bin/pull/DocPull/64-FF1A/74067871/0900b8c086a8e89a.pdf As … More What does diversification mean to you ?
Reading Time: 4 minutes A version of this article subsequently appeared in the July 2013 of Outlines on page 6 UK Pension funds and inflation UK defined-benefit pension funds tend to have liabilities linked to inflation, due to the contractual revaluation of benefit payments for active and deferred members each year, and the annual increases granted on pensions in … More Inflation risk – mind the cap (and floor)
Reading Time: 6 minutes It’s a question that’s been on my mind for a few weeks. Ever since the gold price saw moves which amounted to experiencing an entire year’s worth of volatility in a single day, I’ve been wondering whether such an asset deserves a place in the portfolio of a long term investor seeking diversified sources of … More Does Gold belong in an institutional investor’s portfolio ?
Reading Time: 4 minutes A lot of the criticisms of Risk Parity that I come across share similar themes, some of which are based on misunderstandings of what most Risk Parity providers actually do. These FAQ are designed to address some of the more common themes that we see and hear in the industry press 1. Is Risk Parity … More Six FAQ On Risk Parity