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Fixed income securities (bonds) are typically issued to meet the longer term financing needs of the issuing entity, often to finance a specific investment project. Governments issue bonds, as do companies, and even some individuals have issued bonds in the past, for example, the pop star David Bowie.
Do high yielding shares really perform better than low yielding shares? What about investing in companies with high payout ratios? And what is the difference between cash, profit and earnings anyway? Pension fund may have fallen out of love with equities but they still form a core holding in many schemes. In this series relating to equity income we dig into the investment research to provide some answers to these questions.
Derivatives have a reputation for complexity and danger and often conjure up an image of casino capitalism. Warren Buffet even called them financial weapons of mass destruction.
Although risk can be variously defined, borrowing from Donald Rumsfeld's infamous “knowns and unknowns” quote, a well-prepared investor must not only factor in the risks that are known and readily quantifiable, but also the "known unknowns" and the "unknown unknowns"...
Liability Driven Investment (LDI)
Given that the principal aim of any defined benefit pension scheme is to meet its liabilities as they fall due, for those schemes in deficit LDI provides a means of potentially preventing the deficit from deteriorating further and ultimately eliminating it.
Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance
There is a groundswell of opinion that pension scheme trustees and other institutional investors should be more activist in considering environmental, social and corporate governance issues (ESG) when making investment decisions.
Rather than making simplified assumptions about the way investors approach investment decision making, behavioural finance instead analyses the way in which cognitive biases and the social aspect of human behaviour systematically enter the decision making process...
Pensions Knowledge Centre
This area pulls together a collection of pension-specific news, information and resources. We launch this area with three short videos in which Chris Wagstaff, Member Nominated Trustee Director of the Aviva Staff Pension Scheme, discusses the key governance issues trustees face today.
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