No more room for traditional pension funds on both sides of the Atlantic?
In its latest Global Pension Study, MSCI said North American and Western European corporations showed the highest average ratio of underfunding in 2016.Read more
Risk management 2.0 – Time for a Recap!
It is now roughly 10 years ago since the credit crisis was unleashed. During this time, the financial sector has had to deal with a flood of new legislation and regulations in order to make the financial system more resistant to a new financial crisis.Read more
The 4 principles for currency management
Nowadays institutional investors hold well diversified portfolios with global investments. Given the fact that the investments are spread out all over the world, a currency dimension is introduced. The investors have exposure to different currencies. As institutional investors often have their liabilities in their home currency, this creates a discrepancy and introduces currency risk. This currency risk can be managed on a total fund level or on portfolio level.Read more
Interactive business cycle chart
Business cycles are one of the defining characteristics of realistic market behaviour (“stylized facts”) in asset prices, yield curves and volatilities, as well as in the broader macro-economic environment.Read more
Avoiding the pension fund event horizon: how close is close enough?
In his popular book “A Brief History of Time”, Stephan Hawking introduces the complex world of (astro)physics to a larger audience. One of the phenomena it describes are black holes, massive stars that collapse under their own gravity and attract everything in their vicinity towards their center. The book also describes the Event Horizon.Read more
Ortec Finance expands global presence with new Hong Kong office
Ortec Finance, expert provider of investment decision technology and solutions, today announced their continued global expansion with a new office in Hong Kong. The office will officially open in October 2017 with Mark Hoogendijk taking up position as Managing Director.Read more
IRR calculation in a multi-currency environment
The increased acceptance of the internal rate of return (IRR) means a growing demand for different IRR variants, such as a variant that accounts for the currency results that are gained from investing in a global market.Read more
Ortec Finance influencing the UK's biggest schemes
The UK’s £25bn (€27.1bn) Railways Pension Scheme (Railpen) announced last month that it had hired Ortec Finance for performance attribution analysis.Read more
RPMI Railpen appoints Ortec Finance to enhance investment decision making
RPMI Railpen (Railpen), which manages assets of around £25 billion on behalf of the 350,000 members of the Railways Pension Scheme, has adopted Ortec Finance’s Performance Attribution Solution.Read more
The importance of understanding the needs of a pension fund
Every salesperson worth their salt will be able to tell you in confident and charming terms that their product is ideal for you. Visit a range of car dealerships with nothing more than a basic idea of what you want and you will inevitably come away at the end of the day thinking "they can't all be perfect for me can they?"Read more