first_imgAdvertisement Eddie Nketiah scored in Arsenal’s win over Everton on Sunday (Picture: Getty Images)Eddie Nketiah says there is no hostility between Arsenal’s strikers as competition for places up front for the Gunners heats up.Nketiah has returned to the Emirates after spending the first half of the season on loan at Championship side Leeds and has started the last two Premier League games, scoring in the 3-2 win over Everton on Sunday.The 20-year-old has lead the attack, with the trio of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Nicolas Pepe behind him, meaning Alexandre Lacazette and Gabriel Martinelli have missed out on starting berths.The Gunners have scored seven goals in the two matches Nketiah has started, and won them both, so it seems that manager Mikel Arteta will stick to this formula in the league.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe young forward says that 28-year-old Lacazette has not had his nose put out of joint by being benched, in fact their relationship is a healthy one as they battle for places in Arteta’s starting XI.‘Obviously he is a mature lad and a great player,’ Nketiah said of Lacazette. ‘He always tries to encourage me.‘He has been a young player in my position so he knows what it is like. There are no hostilities, he’s just always looking to help and improve and it shows the maturity he has.‘He has had a great career so all I can do is take the advice he gives me and try and implement it in my game and do what I do best.’ Metro Sport ReporterMonday 24 Feb 2020 1:36 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.6kShares Advertisement Eddie Nketiah insists there are no hostilities after replacing Alexandre Lacazette in the Arsenal team Alexandre Lacazette scored on his last start for the club, against Olympiakos (Picture: Getty Images)Things are certainly looking up for the Gunners under Arteta as the side are now unbeaten in 10 games in all competitions, winning four of their last five.They return to Europa League action on Thursday night, hosting Olympiakos in the second leg of their round of 32 tie, after Lacazette scored the only goal of the first leg in Greece.Nketiah has hailed the atmosphere at the club, especially among the forward line, with everyone trying to help each other improve.‘They’re really good guys off the field and obviously top strikers,’ said Nketiah of his Arsenal team-mates.‘I just try to focus on myself and learn from them, see the things they do well and try to take from it and improve. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘They’re always willing to give advice and talk to me whenever I need it. It’s great to have two great strikers to learn from. ‘I’m just trying to improve every day and listen to the people around me, my family and coaches, really improve, take each day as it comes and get better.’The narrow win over Everton on Sunday saw the Gunners rise to ninth in the table and keep their hopes of a Champions League place alive.Due to Manchester City’s ban from the competition, it is likely that fifth place will book a spot in next season’s Champions League and Arsenal are now just four points behind that position, where Manchester United currently reside.MORE: Thierry Henry reveals his Arsenal ‘dream’ and why he gets ‘tired’ watching LiverpoolMORE: Arsenal will do ‘as much as they can’ to convince Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay, admits Mikel Arteta Commentlast_img read more

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang broke an Arsenal record during the victory over Norwich (Picture: BT Sports)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang admits he is ‘really proud’ after breaking an Arsenal record previously held by Thierry Henry during the Gunners’ emphatic victory over Norwich City.The Gabon forward brought up a half century of Premier League goals for Arsenal in just his 75th appearance as Mikel Arteta’s side thumped Norwich 4-0 on Wednesday eveningIn doing so, Aubameyang eclipsed Premier League legend Henry’s record for the north London outfit.Aubameyang joined Arsenal in a £56million move from Borussia Dortmund in 2018 and has now scored 62 goals in 101 appearances for the club.ADVERTISEMENTAsked about breaking Henry’s Arsenal record, Aubameyang told Sky Sports: ‘[I am] really proud, really proud.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘First of all I’m proud of the team because we did a great job. I’m really happy and proud. 🔴 Fastest players to reach 50 PL goals for @ArsenalApps:79 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang83 – Thierry Henry87 – Ian Wright101 – Alexis Sanchez113 – Olivier Giroud pic.twitter.com/VlaeNasEoS— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) July 1, 2020 ‘My performance was good, I think. I’m always happy to score goals and help the team win games.’Aubameyang fired Arsenal in front against Norwich on Wednesday evening and then added the hosts’ third after Granit Xhaka doubled the Gunners’ lead before half-time.Cedric Soares then netted his first Arsenal goal as Arteta’s side secured an emphatic 4-0 victory to climb to seventh in the Premier League.Discussing Aubameyang after the win, Arteta said: ‘The way he works everyday he decides to get better. Hopefully he’s here for longer.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He can see what we are trying to do and hopefully he can evolve.’On his team’s performance, Arteta added: ‘They are so willing, we convinced them even more this is the right direction.‘We cannot give anything to the opponent. I’m really pleased with the understanding of the game.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Aubameyang drops contract hint after Saka signs new deal Arsenal dealMORE: Arsenal postpone Lacazette decision because of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 1 Jul 2020 8:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.5kSharescenter_img Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reacts to breaking Thierry Henry’s Arsenal record Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgManchester United have reportedly held talks to sign Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are adamant Ainsley Maitland-Niles is going nowhere before the transfer deadline and have rubbished rumours he could be set for a sensational move to Manchester United.Maitland-Niles was on the brink of a £30million switch to Wolves earlier this summer but Mikel Arteta made it clear that the versatile 23-year-old remained a key part of his plans for the future after an outstanding performance in the Community Shield.Reports this week suggested Arsenal and Arteta had backtracked on this stance, with United holding advanced discussions to land Maitland-Niles in a £20m deal plus bonuses and add-ons. Arsenal respond to rumours Ainsley Maitland-Niles could be joining Manchester United The England youngster was linked with Wolves earlier this summer (Picture: Getty)In an interview with BT Sport last month, Maitland-Niles heaped praise on Arteta and revealed how the Spaniard had given him the confidence to go out and express himself on the pitch.‘It’s fantastic, the manager gives so much belief in me and tells me to express myself and show the world how good I am,’ he said.‘It helps when you’re on the pitch so that’s all I can ask for.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe youngster said he was confident that Arsenal winning the FA Cup last season was a sign of things to come under Arteta.‘He made it clear when he came in that he wants to do things his way,’ Maitland-Niles added.‘Everyone needs to be on board and I think everyone’s done fantastic to be behind him as a manager and be together as a team.‘It showed at the end of the season when we picked up that trophy.‘I think the way he’s doing things is fantastic.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Why Mikel Arteta has held back new Arsenal signings Gabriel and William SalibaMORE: Chelsea midfielder Jorginho’s agent responds to Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain rumours Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 30 Sep 2020 3:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.2kSharescenter_img Comment Arteta reflects after Arsenal are beaten 3-1 by LiverpoolTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:14FullscreenArteta reflects after Arsenal are beaten 3-1 by Liverpoolhttps://metro.co.uk/video/arteta-reflects-arsenal-beaten-3-1-liverpool-2258966/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.After all, the Gunners are looking to raise funds for either Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey or Lyon’s Houssem Aouar and have been listening to offers for a number of their first-team stars, including Sead Kolasinac, Lucas Torreira, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut, according to Goal, Maitland-Niles is not on this list of players up for sale and Arsenal have brushed off the latest reports surrounding the England international as ‘pure speculation’.The Red Devils have also distanced themselves from rumours of a possible agreement for Maitland-Niles and are instead pursuing a deal for Porto left-back Alex Telles.Porto are demanding a fee of £18m for Telles and have turned down United’s two opening bids for the Brazil international. Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img Economy,  Infrastructure,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of funding through the Keystone Communities program to support 22 community revitalization projects across the commonwealth.“Community development has so many benefits for our municipalities, including improving the lives of local residents and attracting businesses to grow the local economy,” Governor Wolf said. “The Keystone Communities program encourages that development. These 22 projects will be a boon for those areas.”Administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), the Keystone Communities program is designed to encourage the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors in the community, supporting local initiatives that grow and stabilize neighborhoods and communities; ensure social and economic diversity; and enhance the overall quality of life for residents.“For true economic growth to occur statewide, we need to not only support our businesses through economic development, but elevate our neighborhoods through community development as well,” DCED Secretary Dennis Davin said. “These two components are inextricably tied together, which is why the Keystone Communities program is so vital to improving people’s lives, pushing our business sector forward, and growing Pennsylvania’s economy.”The commonwealth strongly encourages community-based organizations, public agencies, business leaders, private developers, financial institutions, and private citizens to work in partnership with local government to develop a comprehensive approach to address community development and housing needs. These partnerships create more attractive places to live and will encourage business and job expansion and retention in Pennsylvania.The following list highlights Keystone Communities projects being announced today, totaling nearly $5.4 million in state support:Allegheny CountyWilkinsburg Borough: $475,000 to rehabilitate the Ardmore Linear Park located in WilkinsburgBeaver CountyCity of Aliquippa: $365,000 to demolish the three remaining commercial buildings on the redevelopment site on the eastern end of Franklin Avenue immediately adjacent to SR 51 and the entrance to the Aliquippa Industrial ParkBerks CountyBuilding A Better Boyertown: $300,000 to turn a vacant and blighted building at 45 South Reading Ave. into a restaurant and mixed-use property on the first floor and renovate the five upstairs apartmentsGreater Berks Development Fund: $500,000 for acquisition and preparation of a site located around the Buttonwood Street Bridge in ReadingBlair CountyAltoona-Blair County Development Corporation: $150,000 for a seating replacement project in the Mishler Theatre in the city of AltoonaCambria CountyCity of Johnstown: $400,000 for a façade improvement program resulting in the modification and rehabilitation of facades, and approximately 2,000 feet of sidewalk improvementsCameron CountyCameron County Industrial Development Authority: $31,150 for façade improvements for deteriorated storefronts in Emporium BoroughDelaware CountyLansdowne Economic Development Corporation: $95,000 for interior construction in a building located at 32 East Baltimore Ave. to open an arts incubator for more than 30 artists and creative professionalsElk CountyCity of St. Marys Redevelopment Authority: $50,000 to implement a façade improvement program preserving the historic features and characteristics of various buildingsErie CountyBayfront East Side Taskforce: $300,000 for critical repairs that will halt further deterioration of the aging housing stock for 30 homeowners in core residential neighborhoods, necessary to address violations of the city property maintenance code as well as structural and exterior maintenance issuesSisters of St. Joseph Neighborhood Network: $50,000 for facade improvements to be used within the Elm Street-designated Historic Little Italy neighborhood in the city of ErieLackawanna CountyScranton Tomorrow: $400,000 to transform a dilapidated vacant lot on Wyoming Ave. into a downtown business district pocket parkLancaster CountySACA Development Corporation: $50,000 for implementation activities associated with Lancaster’s Southeast Elm Street Plan, including neighborhood beautification projects and public art installationLuzerne CountyDowntown Hazleton Alliance for Progress: $300,000 to support Phase II rehabilitation work to a blighted property at 13-15 West Broad Street in Hazleton City, Luzerne CountyMercer CountyFarrell City: $500,000 to demolish four buildings and construct a shopping plaza on a half-acre site fronting directly across from the Farrell municipal buildingMontour CountyDanville Borough: $261,028 to combine three parcels in order to create a recreational park in the heart of downtown near public parking, shopping, restaurants, and brewpubs in the central business districtPhiladelphia CountyNew Kensington Community Development Corporation: $300,000 to make improvements to the commercial space at Orinoka Civic House, resulting in more than 7,000 square feet of new commercial spaceSchuylkill CountyPottsville Area Development Corporation: $50,000 for the implementation of a façade improvement program in the city of PottsvilleVenango CountyVenango County: $500,000 to establish a revolving loan fund for improvement projects in the county, the first of which is the creation of a craft brewery in the historic Oil City National Bank building in Oil CityWestmoreland CountyRedevelopment Authority of the County of Westmoreland (RACW), in partnership with the Westmoreland County Land Bank (WCLB): $200,000 to acquire, demolish and/or rehab blighted properties throughout Westmoreland CountyYork CountyHanover Borough: $25,000 to conduct a downtown streetscape design and beautification studyHanover Borough: $50,000 for a wayfinding project that will provide improved ability to direct pedestrians and vehicles to a variety of locations around downtown Hanover January 03, 2018 Governor Wolf Approves Support for 22 Community Revitalization Projects Throughout Pennsylvaniacenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgThe modern kitchen has stainless steel appliances.The hallways leads past the laundry and ground floor bathroom with shower and toilet, to the spacious downstairs living areas. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019There is a media room with storage cupboard and an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area opens to the back patio. The designer kitchen includes soft-close drawers, stone benchtops and a walk-in pantry. Outside the patio has a ceiling fan and downlights and looks out over the fenced back yard and established lawn.Facing north, the patio also gets plenty of breezes off Moreton Bay. Back inside, internal stairs lead up to a family room with extra linen cupboards. The home at 56 Ewan St, Margate is on the market.STROLL to the ocean or to the park from this two-storey family home on the market in Margate. The property, at 56 Ewan St, is on a low maintenance block on one of the highest points on the Peninsula. Abode Properties marketing agent Brendan Philp said the new home had a versatile floor plan with large open areas, plenty of storage options and received Moreton Bay breezes.At the front of the home, a porch shelters the entry and opens to a hallway with double linen closets. The low-maintenance backyard is fully fenced.The master bedroom has a private balcony, walk-in robe and an ensuite with separate toilet, laundry chute, spa bath and double basins. The three other bedrooms have built-in robes and the main bathroom has a separate bath and shower. The home has quality carpet and tiles, touches of timber and ducted airconditioning throughout.The double lockup garage has storage space. The property is close to beaches, schools and shops. The home is being marketed by Brendan Philp from Abode Properties for $739,000.last_img read more

first_img46 Nolan Rise, Brookfield.A five-bedroom, three-bathroom home on a sprawling 1229sq m block of land at Brookfield has sold at auction for more than $1 million.The luxurious home, at 46 Nolan Rise, Brookfield, is in a premier hilltop enclave of Nolan Rise. 46 Nolan Rise, Brookfield.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019Brisbane Real Estate – Indooroopilly selling agent Kel Goesch said the home sold under the hammer for $1,026,000 on March 18.Mr Goesch said the starting bid was $980,000, with a small crowd of 15 watching on. He said only two bidders were present during the auction, including a young family who bought the home. 46 Nolan Rise, Brookfield.Mr Goesch said standout features of the home included the north easterly view across Kenmore Hills to Mt Coot-tha.The fully renovated home has an inground swimming pool and ample outdoor entertainment areas both upstairs and down.center_img 46 Nolan Rise, Brookfield.There is a separate lounge and dining room along with a downstairs rumpus or children’s wing.Outside there is an impressive sandstone feature wall and absolute privacy.The home is close to parks, shops and schools.last_img read more

first_imgNot a city hotel, but a suburban Brisbane home.Not a bad move for the Brisbane’s suburban elite.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair or facebook on Kieran Clair — journo The ensuite continues the high-quality theme.There’s even a city view from the huge upstairs front balcony. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoFinishes throughout are of an excellent standard. There’s a big outdoor space for entertaining with an expansive outlook.But the clincher has to be the reported “accommodation for a minimum of 5 vehicles” — a number that could be stretched with some clever car manoeuvres.center_img This Brisbane home has plenty of space for car-lovers to show off their collection.Suburban Brisbane has seen a number of substantial homes hit the market of late with glass-walled pools to bowling alleys all on offer.But if you’re a car-lover who loathes step-based cardio classes, then 31 Waroon St, Stafford could be the house for you.Positioned on a 630sq m allotment, the two-level contemporary home provides five-bedroom, three-bathroom accommodation across 578sq m of floor area.The finish is high end with Bosche appliances, butler’s pantry, security-gated entry and ducted airconditioning all listed among the inclusions. ‘There’s nothing else for it — we’re going to have to buy more cars!’In addition, the timber panelled internal lift will allow the owner to exert little effort in rising from the garage to the upper level.last_img read more

first_img. The kitchen features a volcanic lava bench.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours agoIf only the walls could talk.“The seller wanted to take the property to auction, and it sold prior,” said Mrs Hickey.“He wanted to move his asset portfolio so this was the right time to sell the property, he never actually stayed there.”The seller reportedly bought the residence about a year ago on a golfing weekend from its previous owner, a celebrity doctor, who was responsible for luring the star tenants.But those days are now over.“The buyers are a local family, and they are moving in,” Mrs Hickey said.“They are going to make a few changes to the property, add on a couple of garages.”As it is, the two-level property’s features include a magnesium pool, tropical landscaped gardens, master suite with private balcony, and 24-hour security. CELEB GETAWAY: 6256 Spyglass Hill, Hope Island has sold for $2.86 million.IT’s been a rock star residence but now the proverbial red carpet is being rolled up for more family-friendly occupants.The Sanctuary Cove mansion on Spyglass Hill has been an escape for a multitude of stars, from the Jolie-Pitts before their split, to Pink, Harry Styles, Dave Grohl, Paris Hilton and Johnny Depp. STAR POWER: Some of the celebs who stayed at the Sanctuary Cove residence.“It was a very popular house for celebrities to stay in because it’s very private, it’s on 2000sq m, no one can see into the house,” said Wendy Hickey of Hope Island Resort Realty, who marketed the property with husband Warren Hickey. The five-bedroom, six-bathroom luxury home sold for $2.86 million, slashed from the $3.5 million its wealthy Chinese seller originally wanted.center_img It’s completely private from prying eyes.“Because it’s in a gated community in Sanctuary Cove, the open homes were quite challenging, we had to be aware of open home,” said Mrs Hickey.The sale comes after a change in marketing agents — the property was first listed in April this year.It was on the market for about 40 days with the Hickeys before it sold.The couple handled the highest sale on the Gold Coast this year — a “secret home” at Hope Island changed hands for $16.75 million. The property is one of Sanctuary Cove’s two largest blocks.last_img read more

first_imgGreat Britain: Westcode Inc and Sabre Rail Services Ltd have formed Westcode (UK) Ltd as a joint venture to produce air-conditioning and automatic doors.On August 8 GATX Capital Corp and Lombard North Central plc set up GL Railease Ltd as a joint venture offering lease financing to the privatised domestic passenger businesses.Japan: SKF AB has announced plans to establish a research centre in Japan to help increase its local market share.Switzerland: FIAT-SIG Schienenfahrzeuge AG has sold its passenger coach gangway business to German manufacturer Hübner Gummi & Kunststoffe GmbH in Kassel.USA: GEC Alsthom Transportation Inc is to take over the Hornell plant formerly owned by American Passenger Rail Car Co, and previously Morrison Knudsen; after modernisation, GEC Alsthom plans to produce signalling equipment.Bombardier Transit Corp is to invest $18m to double the capacity of its Plattsburgh works, following orders for 680 R-142 metro cars for New York and American Flyer trains for the Northeast Corridor; a development centre will be set up at a local former Air Force base, with a 64 km/h test track.Standard Car Truck Co has bought Durox Co; Standard Car subsidiary J & D Supply will be merged into its new acquisition.last_img read more

first_imgIn the UK, the reduction was 2 percentage points. However, a slower rate than previously seen, given average equity allocations, fell by 27 percentage points over the last 10 years.A decrease in exposure to domestic equities continued as European funds diversify, and was matched with an increase to emerging markets.Almost half of the European funds now have allocations to these markets, a 13 percentage point increase from last year.The predicted shift of scheme fixed income allocations towards corporate bonds has also yet to materialise on a macro level.However, Mercer singled out Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden as markets where this was prominent.The UK’s shift to using index-linked instruments continued, with the proportion of fixed income assets matching inflation now 69%, up from 55% over the last two years.Overall, the funds allocated 13% to domestic equities, 21% to non-domestic and 52% to fixed income.Alternatives grew to 9% while property made up 3% of allocations. However, the impact of these asset classes varied significantly across the 14 countries.Swiss funds allocated 14% of assets to real estate, while Danish funds 20% to alternatives.In comparison, French schemes only allocated 1% to each and held 22% in domestic equities.Belgium still remained the country with the highest average allocation to equity, followed by Ireland and Sweden.Norway and Germany led the way in terms of fixed income, with schemes allocating more than 65% of assets.Within alternatives, 41% of the funds had allocations to real assets, such as core property and infrastructure, with an average allocation of 6%.Growth-orientated fixed income allocations were held by 27% of schemes and mainly consisted of emerging market debt and high yield.Almost a fifth (17%) held hedge fund allocations. However, Mercer reported no fund-of-funds searches for the second year running, as schemes tire of the double-layer fee approach and allocate directly.Mercer saw a 3 percentage point increase in the proportion of schemes conducting LDI strategies from last year, but stressed this was dominated by schemes larger than €500m.Only 12% of funds said they had not considered the strategy at any level, a figure that hit 29% last year.Mercer’s European director of strategic research, Phil Edwards, said that, despite the relatively small increase in LDI use, the management of risk remained a concern for trustees.“The complexity and governance challenges around LDI may have acted as a barrier for smaller schemes in the past,” he said.“Given the range of pooled and delegated LDI approaches now available, we expect to see the gap in take-up between large and small schemes reduce over time.” The proportion of European pension funds ruling out implementing liability-driven investment (LDI) strategies has plummeted over the last year as awareness increases, research shows.Mercer’s annual European asset allocation survey found increasing allocations to matching assets, typically used in derivative-based LDI strategies.Overall, the consultant’s research, conducted across 1,200 schemes in 14 European countries, found a return towards the alternative asset class, after seeing a fall in the year previous.It also reported a slowdown in the falling exposure to equity markets, with the average allocation only falling by 1% across Europe.last_img read more