There is increasing pressure on pension funds to invest in the real economy, whether through infrastructure, which can make investment sense, or into state-owned enterprises, which will hardly ever do so.

Erich Potgieter, head of retirement funds at consultants Willis Towers Watson, says this concept is nothing new: there are already vehicles in place to invest in infrastructure. Futuregrowth, for example, started the first such fund a quarter of a century ago, and Old Mutual began its socially responsible Ideas Fund at about the same time...

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