Crossing the Rubicon

The latest news and opinion from Rubicon Investment Consulting

May sees Irish Pension Funds rebound from April losses

It was all eyes on Europe this month, as profit-taking hit the bond markets and concerns continued over Greece's future. Equity markets mostly delivered positive returns however, on the back of low interest rates and strong corporate earnings. Ongoing euro weakness improved the return on overseas assets for Irish investors. …

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Introducing the Rubicon Managed Fund Asset Allocation Survey

Rubicon Investment Consulting are very pleased to announce (in case you haven't heard already) that we have recently expanded our core asset allocation monitoring service and now offer a like-for-like replacement for the Mercer Managed Fund Asset Allocation Survey. Rubicon Investment Consulting is a wholly independent firm with many years’ …

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Irish Pension Funds decline for first time in 15 months

Irish pension managed funds delivered negative returns on average for the first time since January 2014. During April, Irish pension managed funds declined 1.3% on average. Kleinwort Benson Investors took the top spot with a return of -0.2% for the month, while Zurich Life propped up the league table with …

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QE Boosts Irish Pension Fund Returns

Irish pension managed funds delivered further positive returns during March, as a very weak euro offset negative foreign equity market returns over the month. As the ECB began their €60 billion per month asset purchase programme, Eurozone bond yields plummeted and the euro fell sharply against all major currencies. This, …

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Confidence in the Global Economy Boosts Pension Funds

Irish pension managed funds delivered further positive returns during February, as all of the main global equity markets made gains over the month. Optimism over the global economic outlook was a main driver of markets. The ECB's action on quantitative easing and an extension of the Greek debt deal saw …

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Pension funds rise as Eurozone QE finally announced

Irish pension managed funds delivered strong returns during January, as most global equity markets made gains over the month with the notable exception of the US. European markets rose on the announcement of quantitative easing by the ECB, and by the sharp fall in the Euro following the breaking by …

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2014 was another bumper year for Irish pension funds

2014 was all about the central banks. Interest rates were at historic lows and quantitative easing was widely used to stimulate economic recovery. Both equity and bond markets responded well to the proactive stances taken. During 2014, the average Irish pension managed fund return was 15.6%. Returns for the year …

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We've had a makeover

If you've visited our site before, you've probably noticed already that we've had a makeover. We hope you like it. If you've never been here before, then you're very welcome. What was wrong with the way it was before? Well, there was nothing wrong with it, but we felt that …

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