Pensions Expert Article: Shots in the dark? The mounting evidence questioning the value of consultants’ manager research recommendations

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.

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DB investment governance post-Covid: What to delegate?

Research shows that getting DB Investment Governance right can add to investment returns.  For many this starts with deciding upon the most appropriate investment Governance model. Ray Martin, from IC Select, explains in this Professional Pensions Article. 
 

Press Release: IC Select make another senior hire

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

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IC Select launches Fiduciary Management re-tendering solution

Press Release:IC Select launches Fiduciary Management re-tendering solution

Edinburgh, 11th June 2020 – IC Select, the independent specialist fiduciary management selection and oversight firm, has launched a three-tiered solution to help trustees who are required to re-tender before the CMA deadline of 10 June 2021

Managing cost, resource allocation and, critically, the proportionate time to be allocated to this task will be paramount. Additions to these challenges arise when access to unbiased and accurate information is cumbersome and hard to find.

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Professional Pensions Article: IC Select appoints Ray Martin

Ray Martin has joined IC Select as a director following continued growth in demand for its services.
 

Martin brings 40 years of experience to the defined benefit (DB) investment governance specialists, having worked in previous pensions roles for blue-chip multinational companies. These include as global benefits director at Tetra Pak, head of pensions and benefits at Royal Bank of Scotland, and vice-president of pensions at DHL.

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