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Nicole Downer (Managing Director at MV Credit, a Natixis Affiliate) explained that we were closer to the end of the cycle than the beginning and showed how ESG is integrated across her team’s investment process – and has been for years (mainly as a risk mitigation tool).
- What types of companies do they lend to?
- Which industries do they work in and, crucially, avoid?
- How do they ensure they get their money back and are not just continually ‘refinancing’ or ‘rolling over’ debt?
- What do you do when a company is in trouble?
Conversations around risk are vital
For him, there are a number of vital conversations trustee boards must have with themselves and their employers to ensure everyone is clear on the pension fund’s objectives. While the conversations can be difficult, they are essential to ensure a pension fund remains on track to reach their end game.
Oliver also made the point that pension funds should be challenging their advisers, pushing them for the information, tools and resources to have a more informed discussion and make better decisions.
A broad conversation followed, as attendees shared their stories, pain points, key fears, and what they were doing to navigate the current environment.