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2013: Asset Classes and Key Drivers

As we close the year of the Snake, and move into the year of the Horse, Redington’s co-heads of ALM and Investment Strategy, Dan Mikulskis and Steven Yang Yu, review major asset class moves, just as they did last year.

UK Inflation

Long term inflation expectations increased, with the 30 year zero-coupon RPI swap ending the year around 0.5% higher than it started at 3.74%.This compares to the lows of around 3.2% in 2012 and recent highs over 4% seen in 2008. Real yields generally fell back into negative territory over the course of the year.

The main driver of the inflation move was January’sConsumer Prices Advisory Committee (“CPAC”) conclusion to its investigation into the formula effect gap between CPI and RPI. The final decision, which was contrary to market expectations, was for no change to the RPI index.Despite no change to the inflation calculation methodology, the announcement increased RPI inflation expectations by around 30 basis points.

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Psychometric-Based Investment Suitability & Enhanced Trust

By Paul Resnik, Co-founder and Director of FinaMetrica

It's difficult to trust someone who delivers negative surprises. What we see in the successful branding of cars and clothing for instance, is a consistency of client experience. Be it premium or utilitarian, purchasers mix and match based on their needs and perspectives; e.g. “I need a premium car because I have five children to chaperone around but 'Marks and Sparks’ will be fine for my underwear”.

In both cases I am likely to be a happy customer if my expectations have been met. My trust in the brand's promise is maintained or weak...Read More

Effective LDI in a Rapidly Changing Environment

John Dewey, Managing Director, Client Strategy Team, BlackRock Solutions

Unprecedented events have become a regular feature in the financial markets since the Lehman default in 2008, putting further pressure on already stretched funding ratios and heightening the need for an effective LDI approach.

Pension schemes and other institutional investors continue to face challenging times. Economic conditions remain tough and despite some progress, persistent uncertainty in relation to the eurozone continues to weigh on investors’ minds. This in turn has led to a toxic combination ...Read More

Milliman Protection Strategy and liability-driven investing

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Lifestyle Actuary

The trappings of fast paced city lifestyles rarely take into account the charm and elegance that a room, a dinner or a cup of tea can afford; characteristics lost to a by-gone era of debutante balls and black tie for dinner.

The Luddite

Sam Richardson looks into the up and coming and the outgoing of the technology and gadgetry world in 2014.

Travelling Actuary

This month Travelling Actuary Eve Hartridge takes us to Greece's very own Emerald Isle located in the heart of the Ionian Sea, Corfu.

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