British Steel wins IPE’s Best European Pension Fund Award

first_imgThe British Steel Pension Fund was the big winner at this year’s IPE Awards, held at the Hotel Arts in Barcelona, taking home three trophies.In addition to winning the coveted Best European Pension Fund Award, the €19.3bn defined benefit scheme also won the Best Pension Fund in the United Kingdom and In-house Investment Team awards.Theo Kocken, founder and chief executive of Cardano, won the Outstanding Industry Contribution Award for his influence in the pensions industry with regard to risk management and preparing for future financial crises.PenSam’s Helen Kobæk walked away with the Pension Fund Achievement of the Year Award for her commitment to the development of social welfare benefits in Denmark. SILVER AWARDS    Active Management: PenSamPassive Management: West Midlands Pension FundBest Corporate Pension Fund: Santander UK Group Pension Scheme Common FundBest Industry-Wide Pension Fund: Pension Protection FundBest Public Pension Fund: The Church CommissionersBest Small European Pension Fund: Frjálsi Pension FundBest Sovereign Reserve Fund: FRR and NLB Penziski Fond BRONZE AWARDS Alternatives: Merchant Navy Officers’ Pension FundEquities: SEB PensionFixed Income: Bosch Pensionsfonds AG COUNTRY AWARDSBest Pension Fund in Austria: Allianz Pensionskasse (Pensionskasse) and VBV – Vorsorgekasse (Vorsorgekasse)Best Pension Fund in Belgium: IntegraleBest Pension Fund in Central & Eastern Europe: KB First Pension CompanyBest Pension Fund in Denmark: PFA PensionBest Pension Fund in Finland: Elo Mutual Pension Insurance CompanyBest Pension Fund in France: IrcantecBest Pension Fund in Germany: Deutsche Telekom Pensionswerke (bAV) and Ärzteversorgung Westfalen-Lippe (Versorgungswerk)     Best Pension Fund in Ireland: Construction Workers’ Pension SchemeBest Pension Fund in Italy: Fondo Pensione LaborfondsBest Pension Fund in The Netherlands: Nedlloyd PensioenfondsBest Pension Fund in Portugal: Fundo de Pensões Aberto BPI ValorizaçãoBest Pension Fund in Small Countries: Almenni Pension FundBest Pension Fund in Spain: Pensions Caixa 30Best Pension Fund in Sweden: SPKBest Pension Fund in Switzerland: Pension Fund SBBBest Pension Fund in the UK: British Steel Pension Fund The full list of winners GOLD AWARDS    Best European Pension Fund: British Steel Pension FundOutstanding Industry Contribution: Theo Kocken, CardanoPension Fund Achievement of the Year: Helen Kobæk, PenSamLong-Term Investment Strategy: Trafalgar House Pension Trust PenSam picked up two further awards for Active Management and Specialist Investment Managers.The fourth Gold Award – for Long-Term Investment Strategy – went to the UK’s Trafalgar House Pension Trust.Other notable winners included the UK’s Merchant Navy Officers’ Pension Fund (MNOPF), SEB Pension of Denmark and Germany’s Bosch Pensionsfonds, which each won two awards.The MNOPF won the Alternatives and Innovation awards, while SEB Pension took home the Equities and Smart Beta trophies.Bosch Pensionsfonds came out best in the Fixed Income and Diversification awards.Altogether, there were 43 awards from a record number of entries. THEMED AWARDSClimate-Related Risk Management: Environment Agency Pension FundDC/Hybrid Strategy: NESTDiversification: Bosch Pensionsfonds AGEmerging Markets: Royal County of Berkshire Pension FundESG: ERAFPInfrastructure: PensionDanmarkIn-house Investment Team: British Steel Pension FundInnovation: Merchant Navy Officers’ Pension FundPortfolio Construction: FRRReal Estate: Merseyside Pension FundRisk Management: Superannuation Arrangements of the University of London (SAUL)Smart Beta: SEB PensionSpecialist Investment Managers: PenSamlast_img read more

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Tracy’s Karate holds 104th tournament

first_imgBUCKSPORT — Tracy’s Karate of Ellsworth recently held its 104th tournament at Bucksport High School.The event was a big draw with more than 200 competitors in attendance. Students from dojos in Ellsworth, on Mount Desert Island and in Deer Isle, Belfast, Bucksport, Bangor, Yarmouth, Houlton, Presque Isle and even parts of Canada came together to compete for trophies in both fighting and throwing.Immediately following the conclusion of the tournament, all black belts traveled to the main school in Ellsworth for testing. Twenty students were promoted to various degrees in the black belt ranks. Eight of those students were first-time black belts, and seven were classified as juniors (16 years old or younger).The 20 black belts promoted to higher ranks were (first degree) Natalie Jagels, Lillian Noyes, Erin Leonardi, Haley Leonardi, Carlina Leonardi, Camden Hatch, Robert Giles and Colton White; (second degree) Marleigh Richardson, Caroline Tracy, Andy Hartt, Charlotte Hartt, Sadie Hartt and Jonathan Robinson; (third degree) Chris Dyer, Nick Parlatore, Cameron Sarchi and Mitch Wheeler; (seventh degree) Dean Murphy; (eighth degree) Kristy Tracy-Dawes.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textTrophy winners were Owen DiDonato, Ryan Gross, Jordan Brouty, Ziva Marceill, Lillian Noyes, Lauryn Noyes, Elura Dorr, Bridget Kutny, Amy Santos, Dean Murphy, William Wilson, Shawn Murphy, John Baranowski, Tom Anderson, Colton White, Lance Kennedy, Piper Marceill, Natalie Jagels, Aiden Benner, Paige Trader and Steve Trader. Black belt grand champions were Kristy Tracy-Dawes, Eric Tracy, Linwood Bridges and Matthew Edgerly.Dennis and Karen Tracy oversaw the events with the help of Tracy-Dawes, their daughter. The family has owned Tracy’s Karate since opening it in 1971.Tracy’s Karate will be holding its next tournament at Bucksport High School on Oct. 27.last_img read more

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United Way of Northeast Michigan Welcomes New Director: Sonya Thomas

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe United Way has a new face in office; Sonya Thomas was inducted into her new role as the United Way of Northeast Michigan Executive Director, Tuesday night.Taking over for former director, Germaine Stoppa’s position, Thomas said she’s excited about calling Northeast Michigan her new home while connecting with the community.Besides work, Thomas said she’s looking forward to enjoying the outdoors and other activities Northeast Michigan has to offer. So if you see Thomas out in the community make sure to give her a warm welcome.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Hoeft State Park gets nominated for ‘Best Michigan Park’Next AHS first ever marketing conference at ACClast_img read more

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