Timberland Investment case (PDF 813 KB)
Timberland investment has historically produced a steady stream of returns with premiums above inflation and low correlation to traditional asset classes. Apart from the strategic case, the recovery of the US housing market, expected increase in demand for timber from developing countries and an expected decrease in supply from Canada, a major timber exporter, have made the investment opportunity potentially more attractive. This paper explores the potential benefits and risks of investing in timberland, and how a pension scheme can incorporate this investment in its portfolio.
Allocation to Investment Grade Corporate Bonds – is it time to reconsider? (PDF 675 KB)
UK pension funds traditionally allocate to investment grade bonds as part of their matching allocation to hedge some liability risks and achieve a return above gilts. This paper revisits this against the backdrop of the current market conditions. We believe there are alternative approaches which can provide better liability hedging whilst maintaining, or even enhancing, the expected return of the overall portfolio.
2013 KPMG LDI Survey
We have yet again taken the temperature of the LDI market for UK pension schemes and have found that removing uncertainty, where cost effective, and focusing on seeking opportunities for growth appears to be the focus for UK pension schemes, with continued volatility and uncertainity around the direction of interest rates.
European responsible investment fund survey (PDF 1.1 MB)
In this first edition of European Responsible Investing Fund Survey, KPMG gives a snap shot of the European Responsible Investing Fund universe as at 31 December 2010.
The evolution of an industry: 2012 KPMG/AIMA Global Hedge Fund survey (PDF 1.43 MB)
This paper features analysis of KPMG and AIMA’s recent survey of 150 global hedge fund managers and highlights their insights and opinions on a range of issues that are changing the face of the industry.