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AXA IM adds to UK fixed income team

AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) has bolstered its UK fixed income team with the appointments of Mark Benstead and Philip Chow as portfolio managers.

Banstead will be responsible for credit strategy having previously worked for Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets, while Chow will work on rates strategy having previously worked for F&C as director, UK fixed income.

AXA IM head of fixed income UK and Asia says: “These appointments further add to and strengthen the skills already present within the team. With the additional support of the credit research resources, this puts us in a strong position to continue to deliver performance for our clients and develop the higher value added products that we know the market is seeking.”


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Guide: how to… communicate with your pension members

Effective communication of your pension scheme is a large part of getting auto-enrolment right. Delivering the same message to all employees is not necessarily the way to go. To assist you with the communication of your pension scheme, we have provided some key areas to think about, such as:

  • What to consider when segmenting your workforce
  • How to communicate to pension scheme members at the right time in their member lifecycle
  • What topics you should be discussing with your pension members
  • The new pension freedoms and the importance of communicating them


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