From aiCIO Magazine's Summer Issue: CEOs are demanding that their pension funds be de-risked to avoid large contribution surprises, yet de-risking means lowering equity exposure when underfunded pensions need equity-like returns.
Bruce Tomlison, Sunsuper's portfolio manager, has expressed his support of smaller hedge fund managers in favor of larger ones; consultants have an all-embracing approach, saying "it would be foolish to completely shun the large guys."
From aiCIO Magazine: For years, there's been a shift toward
alternative assets, but much of the recent action in transition
management is toward decreasing plans' reliance on U.S. equities—in
particular, de-risking pension plans through liability-driven investing (LDI) strategies
UK pensions are increasingly transferring risk to insurance companies, driven by M&A activity, a growing number of closures and part-closures of defined benefit pension schemes, and concerns over longevity risk.