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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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Trichet’s high conviction speech

Brilliant blog by Izabella Kaminski in ft.com/alphaville, finding strong similarities between Jean Claude Trichet’s swan song at the ECB defending the bank’s record, and Jack Nicholson as Colonel Nathan Jessup, delivering his speech in the courtroom to defend his decisions … Continue reading

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10 Tips for Crisis Management

Pension funds experienced an uncomfortable déjà-vu when financial markets appeared to be heading towards a new abyss last week. Somehow, markets rebounded but experts fear that there might be worse to come. Business leaders and investors increasingly voice their concerns … Continue reading

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