World Pensions & Investments Forum

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The World Pensions & Investments Forum is a research and policy-oriented conference organised by the World Pensions Council (WPC),[1] also known as the International Association of Pension Funds (IAPF), in partnership with regional and supranational organisations, large public and private institutional investors from G10 countries, the emerging nations of Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia and the MENA area.

The first edition of the forum was held in Paris at the OECD:[2] on that occasion, leading experts from the OECD, the University of Cambridge, the IMF, the World Bank and various US, UK and Mainland European institutions presented the latest advances in the fields quantitative asset allocation, financial risk management, socially responsible investing and corporate governance.

The second edition was held in Paris at the headquarters of the Society for the Encouragement of National Industry (SEIN) : discussions focused on long term investments,[3] infrastructure assets,[4] in the European Union and key emerging markets notably Russia, Mexico, Chile, Brazil and China and the rise of private equity and "real assets".[5]

The third edition was held in Hong Kong with the support of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China: the main plenary presentations and roundtables focused on pension governance, the role of trustees- notably in the Australian, Asian and UK contexts,[6] stochastic investment models, different approaches to life expectancy assumptions,[7] the growing role of private equity and infrastructure assets for both pension funds and sovereign wealth funds [8] notably in relation to Infrastructure-based development and, more generally, the analysis of concrete policy measures and regional and local best practices that could contribute to “solving the pensions crisis across the globe” [9]

The 4th edition (October 2014) and the 5th Annual World Pensions Forum (December 2015) were both held in Saint-Germain-des-Prés (Paris) – the latter in association with the United Nations COP21 Summit: plenary speeches and roundtables focused on ESG and Responsible Investment, modern indexing and factor-based strategies, pension fund and SWF co-investment, Blended Finance and securities lending. [10]

References

  1. ^ Mark Cobley : ‘Infrastructure Funds Fail to Bridge the Gap’, Dow Jones Financial News, 20 February 2012
  2. ^ Raquel Pichardo-Allison: ‘Dutch Regulations "Killing" Pensions’, Global Pensions/Professional Pensions, 7 February 2011
  3. ^ Valérie Devillechabrolle: Liaisons sociales/Protection Sociale Information, " Quelle stratégie pour les fonds de pension ?” PSI, 15 February 2012
  4. ^ Mark Cobley : ‘Infrastructure Funds Fail to Bridge the Gap’, Dow Jones Financial News, 20 February 2012
  5. ^ Lauren A. Burnhill : ‘Investors Take Note: First Funds Out-perform Follow-ons’, The Money in the Middle: Using Financial Intermediation to Achieve Social Impacts, 9 October 2012
  6. ^ Asia Insurance Review, “Conference Report: 3rd World Pensions & Investments Forum” Dec. 2013
  7. ^ Mark Cobley : ‘China and Brazil 'seriously' Underestimating Life Expectancy’, Dow Jones Financial News, 8 November 2013
  8. ^ M. Nicolas J. Firzli: Revue Analyse Financière, “3rd World Pensions Council forum held in Hong Kong” Q1 2014
  9. ^ Mark Cobley : "Solving the Pensions Crisis across the Globe", Dow Jones Financial News, 10 December 2013
  10. ^ David Weeks & Nicolas Firzli: ‘The 5th Annual World Pensions Forum’, Revue Analyse Financière, 2 May 2016
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