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Finding Insights in the Flood of ESG Data

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Pensions & Investments spoke with Columbia Threadneedle Investments’ Malcolm (Mac) Ryerse, lead analyst (U.S.) of responsible investment, and Kirk Moore, global head of research, to discuss the wealth of ESG data now available and how their firm’s portfolio managers and analysts use the information to enhance and strengthen their fundamental analysis processes.

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Innovations in DC: The Engines of Retirement Savings

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This supplement covers tried-and-true ideas such as diversification and core options, and digs into new ways to improve defined contribution plans.

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The Case for Combining Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution Plans Under One Provider

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While defined contribution plans have displaced defined benefit plans as the retirement plan of choice for most private companies, many organizations still find themselves managing both.

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Investing in China: Finding Opportunity With a Long-Term View

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P&I roundtable of experts spotlights opportunities and cautions that investing in China requires a close watch on a sentiment-driven market, government policy and the ongoing trade situation.

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Senior Loans: A Closer Look

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Since the financial crisis, the senior loan market’s investor base has grown in depth and breadth to include large pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies and many other types of institutional investors. This supplement provides a 360 degree look at the senior loan market today and discusses why, with interest rates rising, senior loans are more compelling than ever.

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Americas Split From Rest of World on Future of Investment Management: Fidelity Survey

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Fidelity Institutional Asset Management's 11th global institutional investor survey put into stark relief how differently investors in the Americas, Asia and Europe think about important topics such as the role of technology in asset management and asset allocation

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Emerging Markets: Finding opportunity in uncertainty

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A panel of emerging market experts that includes Maria Negrete-Gruson, managing director and portfolio manager at Artisan Partners; Ricardo Adrogué, head of emerging markets debt at Barings; and Claire Franklin, portfolio manager at BMO Global Asset Management discuss the macro-environment, share company and country specifics, and offer insights on where to look past the headlines.

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Finding value in the corporate bond market

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Investment-grade bonds have historically offered a safe haven for institutional investors when the market starts swinging, but this year, the sector hasn't fared much better than other asset classes.

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Trends in Global Investing

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This supplement provides an up-to-date look at markets around the world, from equities to fixed income, currencies and more, as well as the risks and opportunities investors face.

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Alternatives can provide diversification and downside protection if done right

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Alternative investments can play an important role if approached in the right manner. Biagio Manieri, managing director at PFM, discusses why alternatives make sense and how investors should think about understanding them.

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Credit opportunities abound in emerging market debt amid headwinds

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The global economy faces risks on three fronts, but compelling investment opportunities can still be found in emerging market debt. At Eaton Vance, the team has identified three sets of headwinds: The interest rate environment in the U.S., rising oil prices and a slowdown in China.

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Getting Ahead of the Downgrade is a Key to Successful Pension Fund Management

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As more plan sponsors consider liability driven investment programs, the question of credit downgrades and their impact on an LDI portfolio inevitably arises. It’s an important issue, but more critical than a manager’s ability to avoid downgrades is the depth of fundamental research that goes into building an LDI portfolio that can anticipate downgrades and meet a client’s goals.

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ESG Investing: Momentum builds toward the mainstream

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In this supplement, our panel discusses the different facets of responsible investing, latest advances and the challenges investors face.

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Rising Rates Present Opportunity for Institutional Investors

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While there are some challenges in the current environment, rising rates are a constructive trend for fixed-income investors over the long term, according to Janelle Woodward, global head of fixed income at BMO Global Asset Management.

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Understanding the noise that comes with ESG investing

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In this Q&A, Philippe Jordan, president of CFM, discusses the research into the cost and value of ESG, and what can be done to standardize ESG to better measure returns.

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Emerging Market Debt: Into the Wild

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It’s been a volatile year for emerging market debt, but conditions have settled down over the last month or two.
That said, institutional investors looking to take advantage of the diversification and return possibilities that the asset class can offer need to fully understand the potential risks from fiscal, monetary and political perspectives — and they need to be patient.

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International Growth: Given US valuations, an active approach to international equities offers better opportunities for growth

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Having an international allocation has always been important to institutional investors, but today is a particularly good time to look beyond the U.S. to find growth.

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Investing in China’s Future: Emerging No More

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A lot of ink has been spilled about the development of China as a global economic power, but for institutional investors, it has remained an emerging market. Not for long, though. Institutions are rethinking their approach to China, and they are considering a dedicated allocation.

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Multi-manager target-date funds coming of age at just the right time

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Todd J. Cassler, president of institutional distribution at John Hancock Investments, talks about what goes into a multi-manager target-date fund, how the cost compares with other target-date funds, and what due diligence questions plan sponsors need to ask when considering such options.

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Advancements in Securitized Credit

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It’s late in the business cycle and the Fed is tightening. Equities have had an epic run. Investors have been chasing yield in the high-yield sector for years. So what’s next? Where does one look for return?

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Liquidity management gets responsible

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Most plan sponsors searching for investment managers include some questions about the managers’ approach to environmental, social and governance investing in their standard RFP. While these initiatives have long been associated with equity mandates, they are becoming increasingly used in fixed income as well.

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Target-date Funds Catching the Tailwind of ESG Investing

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Over the past 12 to 18 months, environmental, social and governance investment options have become more available in defined contribution plans, but asset growth has been rather limited. That's likely to change — and change quickly — when ESG-based target-date funds become a regular feature on retirement plan fund lineups.

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Trends in DC

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As baby boomers continue to retire in droves and millennial become a larger part of the workforce, defined contribution plan sponsors have had to take a broader look at their plans, with a focus not only on retirement income but also on offering solutions that take a more integrated view of participants’ broader financial life.This supplement provides an in-depth look at the challenges that plan sponsors face today and how they are tackling them.

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Top 8 ways to help employees reach financial wellness: Slideshow

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Here are eight ways you can work with your benefits provider to help you understand the needs of your workforce, design solutions that meet those needs and inspire your employees to take action.

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CIO Confidential

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Insights from the front lines of the world’s largest asset owners

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Financial Wellness

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This supplement gets to the heart of the matter and digs into the key areas of retirement, budgeting, debt, health costs and insurance to help plan sponsors better understand the issues participants are facing and how best to address them across a diverse workforce.

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