Private pension (DB)

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Cash-balance liabilities: A new investment framework
A cash-balance plan is very different from a traditional pension, and the differences can have a major impact on interest-rate sensitivity. With this in mind, we propose a focus on capital preservation, consistent income, and liquidity.
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2023-08-31
Can credit investors turn the resumption of volatility and cycles to their advantage?
Why the new volatile market regime may offer significantly more opportunities for longer-term global credit strategies.
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2023-07-31
Low turnover portfolios and the climate risk challenge
In this short video, Fixed Income Portfolio Manager Mahmoud El-Shaer outlines the Global Credit Buy and Maintain team’s approach to incorporating and managing climate risk in low turnover credit portfolios. He also highlights how the team leverage the work from our partnership with MIT and the Woodwell Climate Research Center.
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2023-01-31
Three steps to effective climate-focused engagement
Fixed Income Portfolio Manager Mahmoud El-Shaer explains how effective engagement can enable asset managers to accurately assess issuers’ climate-related risks and positively influence their actions.
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2023-03-31
Nearing the finish line: Ideas on end-state investing for corporate DB plans
As corporate plans approach their fully funded “end state,” new goals will need to be set. Members of our LDI team share their research on this transition and the required realignment of asset allocation strategies, including changes in return-seeking and liability-hedging portfolios and key liquidity considerations.
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2023-04-30
Preserving funded-ratio stability in volatile markets
Faced with extreme market volatility in the early months of 2022, what can corporate DB plan sponsors do to potentially provide stability in their portfolios while still pursuing longer-term funding aspirations? Multi-Asset Strategist Amy Trainor offers thoughts on rerisking, hedge ratios, and liability-hedging and return-seeking allocations.
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2023-03-31
What if…? Contemplating five big questions for 2022
Could there be policy, inflation, or market surprises in 2022? Multi-Asset Strategist Adam Berger weighs the possibilities and the portfolio implications.
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2023-02-28
Building a terminal credit portfolio: a practical guide
We propose a three-step process for de-risking, which aims to lock in improvements in funded ratios while providing a clear path for transitioning towards the terminal portfolio.
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2022-11-30
The evolution of derisking: Assessing new and time-tested liability-hedging ideas
As defined benefit plans contemplate the best path to their eventual “end state,” members of our LDI team update their liability-hedging research with a blend of traditional benchmark ideas and new opportunities to capitalize on changing market conditions and a broader investment universe.
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2022-09-30
A framework for net zero in low turnover credit
Fixed Income Portfolio Manager Mahmoud El-Shaer explores why a net-zero approach may offer an effective roadmap for managing climate risk in low turnover credit portfolios.
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2022-06-30
UK DB schemes: protecting gains, awaiting opportunities
With funding levels high but long-duration credit looking expensive, schemes looking to de-risk may wish to take advantage of the relatively attractive risk/return profile of short-duration credit.
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2022-07-31
Mapping the impact of climate change
In this three-minute video, we share the climate-exposure risk-analysis tool we have developed in partnership with Woodwell Climate Research Center. This software helps our investment teams track and assess physical climate risks facing capital-market assets around the world.
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2021-12-31