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2022-07-13 13:00:00
2022-07-13 14:00:00

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The economic backdrop has changed markedly over the past 12 months – with the UK facing the pressures of inflation, rising interest rates and slowing economic growth.

Such pressures have had a mixed impact on pension schemes. On one hand, investing in traditional asset classes such as equities and fixed income has been more challenging but, on the other, scheme funding has improved as both rising yields and higher levels of inflation have reduced liabilities, bringing endgame nearer for some.

This webinar will look at how schemes should respond to the changing economic environment and how fiduciary managers can help them meet the new challenges they face.

Our speakers will look at liability-driven investment and how scheme hedging should change as a result of higher inflation and rising yields.

They will also assess the strategic investment opportunities the current environment provides – particularly in areas such as distressed, illiquid and private market investments – as well as the opportunities it provides with regards to ESG and sustainability.

In addition to this they will assess how schemes that are closing in on endgame should prepare and the changes to the portfolios they should consider.


Simon Partridge, FIA

Simon Partridge, FIA

Director, Head of Fiduciary Management Solutions

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Simon is Head of Fiduciary Management Solutions and leads the evolution and growth of the firm’s fiduciary management offering for UK pension schemes. Based in London, he works with prospective clients to design custom solutions, bringing together our fiduciary strategy, investment and client teams.

Simon is a qualified actuary and has 18 years’ experience serving UK defined benefit and defined contribution pension schemes.

He joined Russell Investments in 2021 from BlackRock where he worked in a variety of client-facing roles for 11 years. There, he co-founded the fiduciary client team and was responsible for business development and served as relationship manager on key accounts.

Before that, Simon was an investment consultant at Mercer where he advised UK pension schemes on setting objectives, strategy design and manager selection. He started his career as a pensions consultant at Watson Wyatt.

MA, Mathematical Sciences, University of Oxford

Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries

Investment Management Certificate

Ajeet Manjrekar

Ajeet Manjrekar

Lead Strategic Adviser

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Ajeet focusses on working with trustees to understand their specific investment and governance needs in order to design innovative solutions to achieve their funding objectives.

As a qualified actuary with extensive experience in both investment consulting and asset management, Ajeet is part of the senior management team with responsibility for the quality and evolution of our client-driven services.

He re-joined us in 2016 having spent the last few years in Deutsche Bank’s asset management businesses. Prior to that, he was a lead investment consultant advising several of our defined benefit and defined contribution clients.

Jonathan Stapleton

Jonathan Stapleton

Editor, Professional Pensions

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Jonathan is editor of Professional Pensions and has been reporting on UK occupational pensions since 2001. He has won a number of awards during his career, most recently the SPP Trade Journalist of the Year Award in 2019. He is also holder of the PMI's Retirement Provision Certificate.



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