Building Better Pensions

09-10 NOV | WorldPensionSummit 2016

The only platform 'for and by' Pension Professionals, exchanging knowledge and innovative ideas on how to secure sufficient pension provision.

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Founded in the Netherlands in 2000, Cardano now has over 130 staff with backgrounds in the areas of risk management, investment management, research, actuarial and investment advisory. Following a successful first seven years during which we became the leaders in the area of risk management we launched Cardano in the UK (2007).

Our core interest is in understanding the causes and impact of risk in order to significantly improve financial performance and resilience. We believe that financial institutions, such as pension funds and insurance companies, amongst others, can best serve their members, by adopting a robust risk management approach. This involves taking acceptable risks to generate reasonable returns but avoiding the kind of excessive exposures that could be devastating.

Our approach to risk management also extends to overall pension scheme design, improving risk-sharing between stakeholders and across current and future generations. We currently work on behalf of over 1,300,000 pension fund beneficiaries with assets totalling over £120bn. In other financial institutions our clients’ assets total £20bn.

The genesis for Cardano Development started in 2007 with our support in the creation of The Currency Exchange (, promoting local currency financing. Cardano Development is a not-for-profit, independent foundation set up and supported by the Cardano Group and is aiming to improve the robustness and resilience of financial systems of developing and frontier countries through innovation in the area of finance and risk management. Working together with the world’s leading development finance institutions like IFC and the EBRD, our approach has already supported over 1,500,000 small business entrepreneurs and some 17,000 farmers in developing markets.

Cardano Education was formally launched in 2013, although for many years we have been producing articles, books, short films and more recently a feature length documentary focussing on growing the awareness and understanding about responsible financial management.

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