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Former head of Berkshire Pension Fund dies

September 29, 2020 | kzmwuuff | No Comments

first_imgNick Greenwood (left) collects the IPE Award for Emerging Markets from Erste Asset Management’s Christian Schoen at the 2015 awards ceremony in BarcelonaGreenwood’s team won several IPE awards for aspects of Berkshire’s investment strategy, including Best Emerging Markets Strategy in 2010 , 2012 , 2015 , 2016 and 2017 .The team was also recognised for Best Alternatives Strategy in 2017.Aoifinn Devitt, independent adviser to the Berkshire scheme, described Greenwood as “an innovative thought leader, with an appetite to consider what other institutions might regard as esoteric and frontier investments”.She added: “Nick was known within the industry for his refreshingly pragmatic approach, his drive, enthusiasm and creativity and his willingness and courage to embrace new ideas.“When listening to a manager presentation he was crystal clear in what he expected from them: to state who they were, why they were there and what they could offer to the fund.“He pushed boundaries and forged bold partnerships with providers, memorably hosting over 100 managers at an open day in Windsor Town Hall in 2012 at which he paced the stage, expounding on his vision for the pension fund’s strategy.”Prior to joining Berkshire in 2007, Greenwood was investment manager at the Environment Agency Pension Fund, also part of the LGPS.After leaving Berkshire last year, Greenwood joined specialist sustainable asset manager Osmosis Investment Management as chair of its investment committee. Nick Greenwood, former manager of the £2.2bn (€2.5bn) Berkshire Pension Fund, died earlier this month.He ran the Berkshire fund – part of the UK’s Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) – for 11 years before leaving last year after it became part of the Local Pensions Partnership.During his tenure at Berkshire, he implemented an innovative investment strategy involving allocations to a range of alternative asset classes such as farmland and emerging market infrastructure.In 2017, the pension fund bought a 20% stake in specialist UK alternatives boutique Gresham House and became the cornerstone investor for the asset manager’s flagship British Strategic Investment Fund, which targets UK infrastructure and housing. In 2016, it invested £15m in a fund aimed at directing institutional capital into the commercialisation of UK university research, known as the British Innovation Fund . In 2009, the scheme became the first in the LGPS system to hedge its longevity risk, sealing a deal with Swiss Re covering 11,000 pensioners.last_img read more

Obama’s former speechwriter visits campus

September 17, 2020 | nvxeoqvi | No Comments

first_imgOn Monday night, the USC Program Board Speakers Committee hosted noted screenwriter and speechwriter Jon Lovett in The Art of Bull$#!t, a commentary on American politics in which he reflected on his years in the White House.Funnyman · Jon Lovett, a former speechwriter for President Barack Obama, encouraged students to pursue careers on Capitol Hill. — Chandler Golan | Daily TrojanThe event, which was held in Taper Hall at 8:00 p.m., was open to all USC students and faculty.“We bring a multitude of speakers every year to discuss topics relating to education, diversity and cultural awareness,” Speakers Committee Director Amanda Schmitt said. “We’ve had people from Barack Obama to Stan Lee, and we were so excited to have Jon Lovett come speak about life in Washington D.C. and American culture.”Dubbed “Washington’s Funniest Celebrity,” Lovett was Obama’s former speechwriter for three years and wrote jokes for the president’s annual White House Correspondents Dinner. Prior to that, he was the chief speechwriter for Hillary Clinton during her presidential campaign.“Politicians are relying on comedy because it’s a way of breaking through to listeners when it’s so hard to get news to people,” Lovett said. “Humor is a way of saying we share the same view of what’s ridiculous or absurd. A laughing response is shorthand for, ‘I understand you.’”Lovett emphasized the continued influence of the media in politics and how it has evolved.“One of the things I learned when I first got into D.C. was how much the daily lives of senators was getting the press to cover what they want to talk about,” Lovett said. “For a long time, it was about finding a great pithy phrase for a sound byte. These days, what we share are honest, emotional, sincere expressions of either moments of surprise and moments of unexpected honesty, when the artifice of politics seems to break down.”Lovett said Hillary Clinton’s widely publicized display of emotion in New Hampshire during her campaign humanized her to the American people.“It was an honest, raw moment when people got to see a side of her they didn’t see before,” he said. “I think this shows we’re moving in the right direction because it demonstrates how the interests of politicians and ordinary citizens become more aligned.”Still, Lovett recognizes that solving many of the country’s most pressing issues are hindered by dishonesty in the public and private sectors alike.“We have serious problems, and we have serious things we need to do, but so much of our culture right now can’t be trusted,” Lovett said. “We’re drowning in partisan rhetoric that’s barely true. It’s dangerous and it affects every facet of our lives. Cynicism is a natural response to the kind of culture we live in.”Lovett stressed the importance of the younger generation in changing the country’s mindset from cutthroat partisanship to valuing honesty.“What gives me hope is ‘peopleship’ — a new generation is coming of age,” Lovett said. “The big test you guys are going to face when you leave here is the test of being the generation that fights for a renaissance of integrity, that fights for something true.”After three years of writing speeches for Obama, Lovett decided to pursue screenwriting. He is a producer on the HBO award-winning series The Newsroom and is the co-creator and head writer of the 2010 NBC sitcom 1600 Penn.“I left government because I wanted to write about things I cared about outside of the visible spectrum of politics, which is very small. There’s a lot you can’t talk about,” Lovett said. “I wanted to have an impact in a different way and talk about things in a different way.”Lovett encourages recent graduates to consider jobs on the Hill.“I think it’s great so many young people go into government,” Lovett said. “It’s a time in which you’re naturally optimistic and that’s a great energy in our government. In a way, we depend on every generation of young people to come into government and bring in a fresh perspective.”last_img read more