Ep. 22 The Long-Short | Settling a debate: should UK DC schemes have easier access to alternative investments?

Published: 06 April 2022

The Long-Short is a podcast by the Alternative Investment Management Association, focusing on the very latest insights on the alternative investment industry.

Each episode will examine topical areas of interest from across the alternative investment universe with news, views and analysis delivered by AIMA’s global team, as well as a host of industry experts.

Recently, the UK government divided opinions in the pensions and asset management communities by underscoring its commitment changing the rules around how defined contribution pension schemes can invest in less-liquid products, including the launch of a new investment vehicle—the Long-Term Asset Fund—and the removal of some performance fees from the charge cap.

To untangle exactly what is being proposed and what it means for the alternative investment industry, pensions schemes, and everyday savers, The Long-Short podcast welcomed guests from each side of the aisle. 

Karen Hurst, Senior Policy advisor for the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, explains why some in the pensions community are hesitant, while Nick Smith, Director, Private Credit, at the Alternative Credit Council, outlines why asset managers endorse the changes.

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