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AXA Investment Managers extends support of EDHEC-Risk Institute research into impact of regulation and institutional investment

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AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) has renewed its partnership with EDHEC-Risk Institute for its research chair on “Regulation and Institutional Investment”.

The next study to be produced as part of the 3-year extension will examine Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution arrangements, including the adequacy of risk-sharing mechanisms, and the appeal of hybrid solutions given the regulatory, social and economic environment.

As pension funds continue to face multiple challenges from lengthening life expectancy to extreme market volatility, and as regulatory initiatives evolve at an accelerated pace, the interaction between regulation and institutional investment has become a key issue. As a significant partner to institutional investors, AXA IM has therefore committed to a further three-year research partnership with the EDHEC-Risk Institute to raise awareness and propose solutions that address such regulatory driven challenges.

The scope of the May 2012 study will address competing European retirement models, with the research extending to the Asia Pacific region during the course of the three-year partnership. During the first term of the partnership initiated in 2007, the chair published three key studies covering the impact of regulation on the Asset Liability Management practices of European pension funds and on the accounting and sponsor risks in occupational pension plans.

Erwan Boscher (pictured), Head of Solution Management, AXA Investment Managers, says: “Sponsors that shy away from traditional DB arrangements are interested in pension schemes that are treated like DC arrangements on an accounting basis, but still match the fundamental need for guarantees and good financial management of pension plan participants. Through this research programme, the EDHEC-Risk Institute will focus on regulation and hybrid pension schemes by carrying out a comprehensive survey of corporate sponsors and pension fund managers to examine the relationship between regulation and the provision of pension benefits. This research will therefore bring valuable insights not only to our institutional investor clients but for society as a whole.”
 

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