BY YOUR SIDE.
ON YOUR SIDE.
Here at Linchpin, following some 40 years of experience investing, we offer independent investment strategy, implementation, and governance advisory services. At the more formal end, it might involve legal responsibility for providing proper advice, or it could simply be to provide perspective and challenge or assist you with a specific project.
But formal or otherwise, that role will always be to help you make good decisions; be they strategic asset allocation, advising on your investment managers, complying with relevant legislation, or setting a sustainable investment policy.
SORTING OUT THE GOOD,
THE BAD FROM THE UGLY...
For good decision-making, read good governance. That means a well-thought-out process, with adequate resources and the right mix of people – each person knowing what their role is. There also needs to be a regular monitoring process in place to ensure that you are using your process effectively. The aim is always to help you come to good decisions and, ultimately, generate good returns for your stakeholders.
Good governance processes also promote longer-term continuity and consistency, and a greater understanding of why things are set up as they are. It makes it easier to brief new members of a committee when they first join or provide an audit trail if needed.
Over fifteen years we have advised our clients on asset allocation processes, creating sets of investment beliefs, procuring managers, monitoring transitions, and reviewing sustainable investment and ethical policies. In essence, we act as a second pair of eyes to challenge and improve existing or proposed governance.
Successful investing also requires clarity of thinking. With so much noise and data getting in the way, it is easy to be distracted. We have the technical knowledge and perspective to ask the right questions of service and product providers, and to interpret if they lapse into the financial market gobbledegook.
Why turn to Linchpin for independent advice? The answer goes back to our core values of integrity and objectivity, our experience of what works and what doesn’t, and our ability to bridge the gap between investments and governance.
Against the backdrop of ever-increasing complexity and sophistication in financial markets, we remain staunch believers in the Local Government Pension Scheme. Behind are over six million members, many of whom are at the lower end of the pay scale. At a time of great change, making sure they get the pensions they expect – and deserve – really does matter.
So we are proud to help those with responsibility for managing LGPS Funds get the best out of the service providers - whether private sector or shared - who increasingly influence their future. We stand on your side to ensure that fund managers, accountants, investment consultants, and the pools work to your agenda, not theirs. We use our experience and knowledge to guide you through the detailed regulations which apply to public sector pension funds.
Since 2009 we have offered governance and investment services to LGPS and other public sector pension schemes. We are currently appointed to advisory roles with three funds and chair the Pension Board of another. We can advise on specific projects such as reviewing responsible investment policies. We comment actively in public forums and have no qualms about standing up when schemes come under attack. You can find out more on our News and Views page.