BP strengthens in-house team with hires from PPF, Aon Hewitt

first_imgSmart joined in June from consultancy Aon Hewitt, which he joined in December 2012 as senior researcher for bond managers.Prior to that, he spent nearly three years as managing director at Switzerland’s Helvetica WMP.However, Smart spent the majority of his career at Lazard Asset Management, leaving Invesco in 1995 for his new role.Prior to his departure in 2009, he was the firm’s UK head of fixed income.Sara also joined in June, after nearly five years at the PPF as principal fund manager, in charge of asset allocation and investment strategy.In June, he told IPE the lifeboat fund would look into building its funded hedging strategy following concerns over the price of derivatives trades.Prior to joining the PPF, Sara spent more than nine years at HSBC Global Asset Management, starting his career at WestLB Asset Management in 1994.BP IM declined to comment on either appointment.Both appointments come after Sally Bridgeland resigned as chief executive of the fund.Bridgeland, who had been chief executive of BP Pension Trustees for nearly seven years, left in April and has since confirmed she will join Dutch outsourcing advisers Avida International.The fund slightly underperformed its 15% benchmark in 2013 – the last full year under Bridgeland’s tenure – returning 14.7%. BP’s £19bn (€22.7bn) pension fund has increased its in-house capacity, hiring new heads of fixed income and investment strategy.BP Investment Management (BP IM) has named Ian Smart as head of fixed income and the Pension Protection Fund’s (PPF) Opkar Sara as head of investment strategy.In his new role, Smart will be responsible for more than £3.3bn in fixed income holdings, spread across the fund’s £2.6bn fixed interest and £469m index-linked bond portfolio.It holds a further £201m in UK fixed income as part of its pooled investments.last_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: How to watch United States vs. Netherlands final

first_img Women’s World Cup 2019: Sweden defeats England to claim bronze medal And then there were two.The defending champion U.S. women’s national team will face the Netherlands for the Women’s World Cup title Sunday.  Megan Rapinoe injury update: U.S. star expects to be ‘good to go’ for World Cup final Women’s World Cup 2019: Megan Rapinoe takes aim at FIFA over prize money gap, finals scheduling It will also be live streamed on FoxSportsGo and fuboTV.Where is the game being played?The game is being played at Stade de Lyon in Lyon, France.When was the last time they played?The USWNT topped England 2-1 on July 2, while the Netherlands eliminated Sweden 1-0 on July 3.The U.S. has played the Netherlands seven times, with the Americans leading the series 6-1. The USWNT enters as the favorite as the team prepares to make it’s third straight final appearance. On the other hand, the Dutch team is making its first final appearance.Here’s everything you need to know entering Sunday’s matchup:How can I watch the Women’s World Cup Final?The game is scheduled for Sunday at 11 a.m. ET and can be viewed on Fox, FS1, FS2 and Telemundo. Related News Who will be on the starting rosters?While the official rosters have yet to be revealed, it is anticipated that USWNT star Megan Rapinoe will play after sitting out the semifinals against England with a hamstring injury.What are the odds?The U.S. is listed at -1 (-145), while the Netherlands is +1 (+125). The over/under is 2.5.last_img read more