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Mandate roundup: UK pension pool confirms £1bn smart beta allocation

first_imgBrunel Pension Partnership, one of eight asset pools formed by UK local authority pension funds, is investing almost £1bn (€1.1bn) in a multi-factor equity fund run by Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM).The £30bn asset pool appointed LGIM as its passive equity fund manager in April and has been transitioning assets since then.Mark Mansley, chief investment officer at Brunel Pension Partnership, said it considered the LGIM Diversified Multi-Factor Equity fund to have “several distinct advantages, including relatively simple construction, purity of approach and excellent track record”.“These are combined in a sensible way which avoids many of the issues of some multi-factor approaches,” he added. LGIM developed the product with smart beta index provider ERI Scientific-Beta.  Mark Mansley, chief investment officer, Brunel Pension PartnershipLaunched in July last year, the multi-factor equity fund is a commingled life fund for UK institutional clients and allocates between Scientific Beta indices according to regional weights determined by LGIM.Noël Amenc, CEO at ERI Scientific Beta, said Brunel’s investment in the fund was “a major vote of confidence in our approach”.Family office seeks securitised credit investmentsA family office based in Germany is carrying out a preliminary search for securitised credit managers via IPE Quest’s Discovery service.According to DS-2487, any potential mandate would be for $5m (€4.4bn), to be invested via an open-ended UCITS vehicle.The family office is interested in a global, liquid strategy. It said the portfolio should tend to be “in the high grade” spectrum but it would not rule out other securities, such as regulatory capital or mezzanine. However, it should not be a pure mezzanine fund. There should be no investment in loans.The investor has indicated a return target of 3-5%, but said this was not a hard constraint.The deadline to respond to this pre-RFP search is 22 November.Danish foundation on the hunt for global EM managerThe Danish National Research Foundation is looking for a global emerging markets equity manager to run a €30m mandate.The Dkr6bn (€804m) foundation said it would consider managers’ long-term ability to deliver future risk-adjusted excess returns, and the strength of their reference clients and key staff.Candidates must also be able to demonstrate that they take environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues into account.The mandate will be benchmarked against the MSCI Emerging Markets index. The foundation said it would not accept regional or country specific strategies, and the procurement also did not cover strategies whose main focus was on emerging market small caps or frontier markets.The foundation wants to invest via a UCITS fund. The deadline to apply is 29 November.German state awards ESG engagement mandateThe German federal state of Lower Saxony has awarded an engagement services sustainability overlay mandate to Hermes EOS.The mandate relates to around €2bn of assets held by the state, its pension fund and special remediation funds.  It covers corporate bonds, convertibles and equities – government bonds are excluded.The overarching focus of the mandate is on the implementation of an active approach to calling on companies to respect ESG criteria. The state said it was not interested in investment approaches that excluded or selected companies based on ESG criteria.Four providers applied to run the mandate, according to a tender notice.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest, Discovery, or Innovation tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest , please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email jayna.vishram@ipe-quest.com .last_img read more


PNG picks train-on squad for Oceania titles

first_imgThe championships will be held at Mounties, Mt Pritchard in New South Wales from February 25 to March 5.PNGBSA vice president, John Chan said the squad will be trimmed to four men, four women, two juniors and two referees.“Final selection will be based on attendance, commitment, attitude and dedication to training and meetings as well as other requirements which will be discussed at Monday’s meeting,” said Chan.The train on squad is: Men’s – Arua Simoi, Brian Fong, Djorne Fong, Kelly Yambi, Monty Fong, Nathan Fong, Noel Ramos, Ralph Kaina and Willie Vaieke.Women’s : Geua John, Helen Samuel, Damita Bray, Madeleine Kaina, Waisina Chan, Hane Vaieke, May Vare and Dolly Berua.Juniors: Angello Fong, Edward Lakae, Emmanuel Kapi, Kenny Onoma and Miria David.Referees:  Danny Earls, Ida Keni, Joey Chan, Jon Cavanagh, Richard Whitchurch and Sean McCarthyChan added that all Port Moresby-based players must attend a meeting next Monday at 6pm at the Lamana Q Club where a training program and other information will be given out.He said players based in the  provinces will have the information sent to them.last_img read more


Kamala, Indumathi Remain Out as Indian Women’s Football Squad Announced for Friendlies

first_img Bala Devifootballindian footballIndian women’s football team First Published: October 30, 2019, 5:08 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. National Women’s Championships second highest goalscorer Kamala Devi and Indian Women’s League (IWL) winner with Sethu FC Indumathi Kathiresan remained sidelined as the All India Football Federation (AIFF) announced the Indian women’s national team for the friendlies in Vietnam.The team is currently at the national camp as they prepare to play two FIFA friendlies against Vietnam on November 3 and 6. Kamala Devi, who is one of the seven Manipuri players who went on protest over differences with head coach Maymol Rocky and assistant coach Chaoba Devi, scored 20 goals at the Nationals last month in Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh. While two of the protesters – Bala Devi and Panthoi Chanu – have made it back to the squad, the rest – Kamala, Kshetrimayum Margaret Devi, Kashmina MS, Umapati Devi and Ranjibala Devi – are yet to see the light.In a telephonic conversation with News18.com, Kamala had said after the Nationals, “If I get a call-up on merit, I can speak and sort things out. I don’t want to say sorry and ask them to call me back into the national setup.”On the other hand, Indumathi has been reportedly sitting out due to her employers, Tamil Nadu Police, not giving her a clearance to play football for the state or the country.Karthika Angamuthu, a midfielder with Sethu FC, has received her first call-up for the national team.Here is the full squad announced by the AIFF:GOALKEEPERS: Aditi Chauhan, Panthoi Chanu, M Linthoingambi DeviDEFENDERS: Jabamani Tudu, Ashalata Devi, Michel Castanha, Sweety Devi, Ranjana Chanu, W Linthoingambi DeviMIDFIELDERS: Roja Devi, Grace Lalrampari, Karthika Angamuthu, Manisha, Ratanbala Devi, Ritu Rani, Sangita Basfore, Sanju, Sumithra KamrajFORWARDS: Anju Tamang, Dangmei Grace, Daya Devi, Bala Devi, Renu last_img read more