Pension funds can benefit from shared asset allocation info

Pension funds will be able to benefit from a new research initiative that provides a platform for European institutional asset owners to share intelligence and insights on their asset allocation activity and expected future investment intentions.

Project Louvre will gather intelligence on the asset allocations of institutional investor members (including pension funds, insurers and sovereign wealth funds) of professional associations in 17 European countries.

The research programme will be chaired by Jean-François Boulier, President of AF2i, the French investment industry association representing over 80 institutional investors with more than €2.2trn of assets.

European asset owner associations in multiple countries have already been invited to participate in the first research. This will provide member associations with access to combined insights covering allocations as at 2019 year-end – and providing a new breadth of insight into allocations as member associations enter the 2020s.

Coordinated by Insticube, the new initiative will see investment industry associations submit combined data on their members’ current and expected future asset allocation annually within a standardised format.

Insticube will collect and process the data from the 17 European associations, generating reports and analytics that will be made available to all participating industry associations and their underlying members.

As a result of this new initiative, institutional asset owners within major European markets will be able to access insights into the current and expected future asset allocation choices of similar investors in other countries, allowing them to benchmark their own investment activity.

Commenting, AF2i president and chairman of Project Louvre, Jean François Boulier, said: “In an increasingly complex and challenging market environment, the ability for institutional asset owners to compare and benchmark themselves against their peers is hugely valuable.

“Working with leading investment associations across Europe, we believe the Project Louvre programme provides a unique platform for collaboration and intelligence sharing, ultimately benefitting asset owners and their underlying stakeholders.”

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