A new guide has been published today (Tuesday) by the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) to help pension funds fully understand transition management (TM) and what to consider when choosing a transition manager.
Transition management – the process of managing changes to a pension fund’s portfolio of assets – has attracted more attention in recent years. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published, in February 2014, the findings of a review into transparency management, which highlighted the importance of transition management, but also the need for more rigorous governance by investors and improved transparency and communication at some TM firms.
This Made Simple guide, sponsored by Russell Investments, is the latest addition to the NAPF’s Made Simple series. It looks at the benefits of transition management, the costs and risks involved and how to mitigate and manage them. It also helps pension funds decide whether they should employ TM and provides tips on choosing a suitable manager.
Joanne Segars, Chief Executive, NAPF, said:
“Pension funds’ interest in transition management has been growing in recent years due to a difficult market environment, in which transition management can offer some significant cost savings and greater scrutiny from the media about transparency in the process.
“Before embarking on TM, pension funds need to understand how transition management would benefit their fund, the costs and risks associated with the service and whether transition management is really right for them. These are just some of the areas the NAPF Made Simple Guide, produced in association with Russell, sets out to address.”
Chris Adolph, Head of Transition Management EMEA, at Russell Investments, commented:
“Transition management can offer many benefits to pension funds, but choosing the right transition manager can be challenging and this is why it is important that pension funds have the right information at their fingertips. This guide sets out, in a clear and accessible format, the main points a pension fund should know about transition management; including, whether using a transition manager is right for you and guidance on selection criteria for your transition manager.”
Transition Management Made Simple (PDF version) is available to download FREE from the NAPF website. The hard copy guide costs £18 for NAPF members and £35 for non-members. It can be ordered online at www.napf.co.uk.
The NAPF Transition Management Made Simple Guide was launched at the NAPF Local Authority conference at the Cotswold Water Park Four Pillars Hotel, Tuesday 20 May 2014.
Notes to editors:
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The NAPF is the leading voice of workplace pensions in the UK. We speak for 1,300 pension schemes with some 16 million members and assets of around £900 billion. NAPF members also include over 400 businesses providing essential services to the pensions sector.
Other recent made simple guides include topics such as Benchmarks and Indices, ETFs, Fiduciary management and Emerging Markets.
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