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  • Not all active managers are created equal: what to look for and why download

    White papers 15 July 2015

    This paper challenges the notion that active fund management – in aggregate and after fees – is a negative sum game. Indeed, the reward for selecting exceptional managers who deliver net outperformance can be a significant uncorrelated source of investment return.

  • The Future Book: Unravelling Workplace Pensions download

    White papers 15 October 2015

    The Pensions Policy Institute, commissioned by Columbia Threadneedle Investments, has published a new compendium of DC statistics, “The Future Book”, setting out available data on the DC landscape, projections of the future aggregate value of DC assets, commentary and analysis of current trends.

  • Alternative beta as true diversifiers download

    White papers 18 January 2016

    Alternative betas can play the role of a true diversifier in a broad-based portfolio. They include various equity style factors and can be found across asset classes such as stocks, bonds, credit, currency and commodities.

  • Alternative Beta: There is another way download

    White papers 15 February 2016

    As institutional investors urgently seek ways to truly diversify their portfolios, alternative beta strategies offer a low cost, liquid alternative to multi strategy and fund of hedge funds...

  • Is your default fund fit for purpose? Are we setting retirees up for failure by default? (Paper I) download

    White papers 17 May 2016

    In the first of three papers, entitled: Is your default fund fit for purpose?: Are we setting retirees up for failure by default?, Chris Wagstaff considers the importance of fit-for-purpose default funds and good default fund design.

  • Brexit: Panel Discussion download

    White papers 12 July 2016

    Mark Burgess, Chief Investment Officer, EMEA, and Global Head of Equities, discusses the short and medium-term impacts of the UK referendum vote to Leave the European Union.

  • [Full paper] What constitutes a first class pensions system? Adopting a global perspective of what defines a good retirement outcome download

    White papers 6 September 2016

    In this paper, Chris Wagstaff takes a comprehensive look at pension systems worldwide; identifying those enduring principles with universal application that characterise an ideal pensions system and ultimately contribute to that all-important holy grail: generating a comfortable retirement for savers.

  • [Summary] What constitutes a first class pensions system? Adopting a global perspective of what defines a good retirement outcome download

    White papers 6 September 2016

    In this paper, Chris Wagstaff takes a comprehensive look at pension systems worldwide; identifying those enduring principles with universal application that characterise an ideal pensions system and ultimately contribute to that all-important holy grail: generating a comfortable retirement for savers.

  • Mind the gap: Overcoming the cognitive barriers to saving for retirement download

    White papers 6 September 2016

    In this paper, Chris Wagstaff considers how reasonably simple behavioural interventions can be used by policymakers, regulators and the pensions community to improve saving decisions.

  • Alternative Risk Premia: Constructing a true diversified portfolio download

    White papers 6 September 2016

    As investors seek to both improve risk-adjusted returns and meaningful diversification of their portfolios, they can take advantage of a portfolio of approximately 25 to 40 risk premia using a combination of risk parity, risk targeting and tactical asset management.

  • Dynamic Real Return Fund Reaches Three-Year Milestone download

    White papers 6 September 2016

    At the end of June the Dynamic Real Return Fund celebrated its three year anniversary. The Fund targets performance of CPI plus 4%, in line with the long-run return of equities but with less than two-thirds of the volatility. The solution is offered to institutional clients at 0.50% OCF (including additional expenses).

  • Asian fixed income: can Asian buyers conquer all? download

    White papers 21 February 2017

    2016 will be remembered for its political events and Asia contributed its fair share. The shock of Brexit and the US presidential election added to the uneasiness that prevailed throughout the year.

  • Will 2017 herald a commodity bull market? download

    White papers 21 February 2017

    After commodity prices bottomed in early 2016, demand is outstripping supply once again, suggesting the next bull market may be approaching. Across commodity markets as a whole, we expect 2017 to be another positive year.

  • Europe: the scene is set for an(other) historic year download

    White papers 21 February 2017

    The rise of the populist vote will continue to dominate the political agenda in 2017 as we see elections across Europe. The risks and uncertainty involved in these votes is far more material than it has been in recent cycles.

  • Behavioural Interventions Series: Paper Three Committed, Disengaged, Suspicious or Falsely Secure - What type of pension saver are you? download

    White papers 21 February 2017

    Saving for retirement is for most a complex and inaccessible topic, which is perhaps why many people switch off rather than engage with it head-on.

  • Why European Institutional investors are investing in US Municipal Bonds download

    White papers 21 February 2017

    European institutional investors have been buying increasing amounts of the municipal bonds sold by US states and cities to fund public projects.

  • So long, bond bull market download

    White papers 21 February 2017

    Key drivers shaping bond markets have changed. Keeping a global perspective and knowing which macro signals to watch for can help you prepare for changes in bond yields. The world is slowing adjusting to the idea that monetary policy will transition to stimulative fiscal policy.

  • [Summary] 2017: Brave New World download

    White papers 1 March 2017

    Why active managers are well placed to take advantage of social, economic and political regime change.

  • [Full paper] 2017: Brave New World download

    White papers 1 March 2017

    Why active managers are well placed to take advantage of social, economic and political regime change.

  • In Credit: Rising US rates and Dutch courage download

    White papers 20 March 2017

    In the US, the Federal Reserve did as expected and lifted interest rates for the third time this cycle – by 25bps to 1%.

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