Author: Chrissie Frank
RiskFirst and STOXX address the challenges of a £1 trillion market by providing independent benchmarks for liability-driven investing
iSTOXX Risk First LDI Indices can help pension trustees to address the challenges posed by liability-driven investing by improving manager monitoring and portfolio construction.
- The LDI indices serve as an independent point of reference for the UK’s defined benefit pension industry.
- The indices function as flexible, investable building blocks for LDI portfolios.
- A sophisticated methodology allows pension schemes to better match assets and liabilities over time.
- The indices support pension scheme trustees and advisors in their efforts to select, monitor and challenge LDI managers.
- STOXX, in collaboration with RiskFirst, calculates a range of LDI indices that match a wide selection of UK pension scheme liability profiles.
- The indices track the performance of corporate and government bonds denominated in GBP.
- Four different sets of indices are provided: nominal bond indices, inflation-linked bond indices, blended indices and non-gilt indices.
- The indices are constructed using a proprietary cash-flow matching model that incorporates best-in-class LDI techniques.
- Certain key features of LDI portfolio construction, such as rebalancing between real and nominal exposure, are embedded in the index to offer a truly differentiated LDI solution.
- The indices combine STOXX’s real-time fixed income index calculation capabilities with a unique set of data provided by RiskFirst.
The unspoken challenges
Current LDI practices pose a significant risk for pension trustees. While existing approaches do manage interest rate and inflation risks that UK pension schemes face, the absence of an independent and robust LDI benchmark creates a governance risk for trustees. Simple questions pose a challenge for trustees engaged in LDI:
- How can trustees independently assess the performance of their LDI manager?
- How can trustees compare the performance of one manager versus another?
- How much risk is the LDI manager taking?
- Who is responsible for creating the LDI benchmark?
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