Pensions risk and investment management evening

Pensions risk and investment management evening open programme (PRIME OP)


Navigate the pensions landscape with confidence

Understanding the nuances, practicalities and governance challenges associated with investment and risk management, with its often mystifying jargon and terminology, is by far the most challenging and arguably the most important, aspect of managing a pension scheme. Cass Business School has partnered with the Pensions Institute and the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) to equip pension professionals with the skills and knowledge required to confidently navigate today's risk and investment management landscape.

A comprehensive grounding

Targeted at those with little or no formal training in risk and risk management, this executive education programme offers a comprehensive grounding in the risk and investment governance strategies and techniques associated with managing defined benefit and defined contribution schemes.

The content

PRIME OP takes delegates through the following topics, using a combination of education and panel Q&A sessions:

  • Defining and addressing the global and UK pensions crisis
  • What constitutes best practice investment governance
  • The macroeconomic background to pensions
  • Fixed income
  • Equities
  • Risk and risk management
  • DB investment strategy: Asset allocation
  • Derivatives and alternative assets
  • Portfolio management
  • DB investment strategy: Liability driven investment
  • DC investment strategy and governance
  • An introduction to behavioural finance and manager selection.

Programme delivery

Delivered over 12 evening modules, the PRIME OP programme is taught by highly-respected academics from the Cass Pensions Institute and Finance Faculty, pensions specialists at the NAPF and leading practitioners from the pensions industry.

The programme is accredited by the Pensions Management Institute, the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and the CFA Society of the UK, which means that, on completion of the course, delegates will also receive formal accreditation towards their continuing professional development.

Participants can choose to register for all 12 sessions or select three or six sessions of their choice.

The programme doesn't include an examination. However delegates will receive a formal certificate of completion at the end, in respect of the modules they have attended.

Candidate profile

PRIME OP is particularly relevant to:

  • Lay and professional trustees
  • Pension scheme managers
  • Asset management business development and client service professionals
  • Trainee actuaries
  • Trainee investment consultants
  • Scheme lawyers
  • Scheme accountants
  • Pensions journalists
  • Those with a professional interest in the risk and investment management aspects of managing a pension scheme.

How to apply

Download the application form