Author Archives: Alfred Slager

About Alfred Slager

Alfred Slager is professor of pension fund management at TiasNimbas Business School, and director of CentER Appplied Research at the Tilburg School of Economics and Management. His expertise includes international financial services, with a particular interest in investment management and pension funds. He regularly teaches courses to investment managers and pension fund trustees. Prior to this he worked as Chief Investment Officer at Stork Pension Fund, as investment strategist and policy advisor at PGGM Investments, and as manager research and investment manager at Fortis Investments. Slager regularly publishes on pension and investment management subjects and teaches executive courses for pension fund trustees.

Could sensible changes hurt the pension funds’ license to operate?

At a recent seminar of the Dutch Central Bank, organized for pension fund trustees, one workshop that I presented (in Dutch) dealt with the question of organisational changes in risk and investment management. There was a rather simple question to … Continue reading

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Challenging Investment Beliefs

At the EPFIF (International Pension Fund Investment Forum) on September 4th, the theme of the seminar was challenging investment beliefs; critically questioning the conventional or self-evident truths. Challenging Investment Beliefs from aslager My presentation focused on the challenging part. Investment … Continue reading

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Exploring Executive Offices of Pension Funds – and why it matters

At the Benelux Pension Fund Roundtable, I discussed the role of executive offices at pension funds. Trustees steadily expand the staff and resources for these executive offices. However, we find that these offices (the Dutch term is “pensioenbureau”) come in … Continue reading

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Working with investment beliefs

We regularly work with pension funds to clarify the investment philosophy, usually by debating the (existing) investment beliefs. This could be an interesting philosophical investment debate with no strings attached; but the relevancy to trigger such a debate is translating … Continue reading

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Scenarios as a tool for investment strategy development (part 1)

An investor with some (remaining) exposure to Greece, Spain or Italy would agree that we live in uncertain times. Predicting the future is a rather futile exercise, in response pension funds and investment managers are shifting towards the use of … Continue reading

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