Good communications is critical in pensions. It’s not just a nice to have and increasing DB trustees are reviewing investment advisers where it is poor.
Trustees need clear reporting from their investment advisers to meet their scheme's needs, says Donny Hay
Effective communication is said to be the most important of life skills. Sound communication creates understanding, while also building confidence and trust - the basis of any successful relationship. However, it seems that quarterly investment reporting has not really been on top of the agenda for most investment advisers.
This excellent Professional Pensions article highlights the low level of FM Re-tenders to date. Are trustees underestimating the time needed to complete this process? Given that the lead times from kick off to signed contracts can easily be c.6 months or more, the 9 June 2021 deadline isn’t far away, and if the documentation and tender hasn’t been completed the adviser cannot act for pension scheme, which would be nuclear. Please call us if you wish to discuss.
At a glance:
- Fiduciary management retenders must be completed by next June for mandates covering 20% or more of assets
- Covid-19 delayed some retendering plans, but the process can take up to six months
- Managers may become choosier as the deadline approaches
This article was published in Pensions Expert, by BENJAMIN MERCER | September 10, 2020
Interesting article by Pensions Expert around investment consultant manager selection, with input from Roger Brown of IC Select. Pension trustees have an important, but difficult, role to play in the good governance of their scheme. As an industry, pension experts should strive for increased transparency and clear presentation of salient information across all areas of impact.
A generic search for headlines on the performance of active managers paints an unhappy picture. ‘UK active fund managers suffer bloodbath in 2019’, the FT recorded last year, the latest in a long line of unhappy tales for stockpickers.
Markets have since undergone profound change, however, and as Pensions Expert reported in April, high levels of dispersion in equity returns signalled the beginning of a period of volatility that should have allowed active managers to shine.
Press Release:IC Select make another senior hire
Edinburgh, 10th June 2020 – IC Select, the specialist fiduciary management selection and oversight firm, has appointed Anne-Marie Gillon as director of the company to boost its client facing services.
Anne-Marie has joined after a 22-year career as an investment professional at Baillie Gifford. The past 12 years she focused on fixed-income and multi-asset products. In addition, Anne-Marie is a CFA charterholder as well as a trustee, currently at the Royal Blind Group pension scheme, which enables her to understand the intricacies and challenges that pension schemes face