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Our next event on Thursday 10th May 2018 looks at how pension funds are invested, the risks attached and whether passive investment models may actually outperform. Please see the invitation with details of how to apply below.
 
 

Investing our pension savings – value for money or vehicle for rent extraction?

The Finance Foundation is delighted to announce our next thought leadership event, supported by AIG Europe Ltd.

Thursday 10th May, 2018

6.15pm – 8pm

Auto-enrolment and the shift from defined benefit to defined contribution pensions are transforming pension provision while at the same time transferring risk to the consumer. But can we be sure that consumers’ interests are being served by providers while so many issues around rent extraction, principal-agent, conflicts of interest and regulatory/governance oversight remain? Evidence from Australia suggests that returns to pension fund investments since compulsory contributions were introduced there in 1991 have been considerably less than if the funds had been invested in a single passively-managed vehicle.

Debating this will be Nicholas Morris, Adjunct Professor at UNSW, Sydney, whose book Management and Regulation of Pension Schemes – Australia, a Cautionary Tale is published in April this year, Christine Farnish CBE, former Chair of the Peer to Peer Finance Association and a past Chief Executive of the National Association of Pension Funds, Michael Johnson, research fellow at the Centre for Policy Studies, former investment banker and a leading national commentator on pensions, Nigel Aston, Global Head of DC Proposition and Strategy, State Street Global Advisors and Quintin Price, who was responsible for all Active Management at BlackRock globally until 2015.

This will be followed by a moderated Q&A.

This event will be hosted in the grand Elizabethan style library at One Birdcage Walk, Westminster, London SW1H 9JJ.

Registration is from 6.15 pm and the event will begin promptly at 6.30pm, with drinks served after the formal proceedings and the evening ending at approximately 8pm.

Please click here for directions.

RSVP:to Hilary Cooper This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to secure your place.                                                                  www.thefinancefoundation.org.uk