10 Tips for Crisis Management

Pension funds experienced an uncomfortable déjà-vu when financial markets appeared to be heading towards a new abyss last week. Somehow, markets rebounded but experts fear that there might be worse to come. Business leaders and investors increasingly voice their...

Best Practice Termination of Investment Mandates

Whenever Charles Ellis writes, I take notice. His classic book “Investment Policy: How to Win the Loser’s Game“ was for me the definitive eye opener. Starting out in the investment industry, managing mandates while working through several investment courses, the...

Prospect Theory and Pension Funds

Interesting interviews with Daniel Kahneman were recently posted, about prospect theory and other key developments in behavioral finance. According to Thayer Watkins, Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky coined the phrase “Prospect Theory” for their...

Emerging beliefs

One of the key messages of the book Investment Beliefs that Kees Koedijk and I wrote, was the importance to articulate your views on how financial markets work. However much we’d like it to be, investing is not a hard science, and academics bicker over the...

Jelle Mensonides on risk management

The assets of pension funds have plummeted during the crisis. With a huge drop in both share prices and interest rates, liabilities of the pension funds went up dramatically as well. Many funds got into serious trouble, and needed to come up with emergency measures....