Our Pension Philosophy

The transition from gainful employment to retirement is a critical and important step in our financial lives – often largely reliant on the Bermuda Government’s mandatory pensions investment scheme.

The responsibility of the Pension Administrator is just as important. For many, pensions investments represent a large part of the retirement savings strategy, so it is imperative that the entities entrusted to oversee these funds account for them in the best possible way.

At Argus, we embrace our duty as a Pension Administrator, offering products that meet the complex and unique needs of employees as they plan and prepare for retirement. As stewards of our clients’ capital, we comply with all legislation and leverage our professional relationships with experts in the field to identify global best practices, as we seek to meet or exceed the highest standards.

By identifying growing trends in asset allocation, ensuring performance and fees are at acceptable levels, aligning interests with all stakeholders and having a robust governance model, we can accomplish this while remaining fully transparent.


Global Best Practices Description The Argus Approach
Performance Returns are in alignment with targets, strategy structure and peer group. The board has defined acceptable performance as 1st or 2nd quartile against an international peer group on a rolling 3- and 5-year basis.
Fees Fee structure is clear, understandable and represents good value relative to the fund structure. Our fee structure is fully disclosed and visible on our website, updated monthly. It is reviewed regularly relative to local and US market fee structures.
Diversification Portfolios are appropriately diversified to manage risk, without being overly concentrated or having duplicate exposures. In addition to the traditional classes of Fixed Income and Equities, the AIS funds invest in Real Estate, High Yield and have the ability to invest opportunistically.
Structure The AIS funds are designed to be an all-weather structure. With low tracking error, a low fee structure and a simplistic suite of options to meet a broad range of client needs, this combination allows the components to fit together seamlessly, ensuring ongoing and consistent returns in alignment with the portfolio objectives. As an umbrella mutual, the AIS funds have a prospectus, are audited annually, and have an independently calculated NAV.
Benchmarking Our benchmark ensures performance reports have relevance to the investor. It provides the best ability to communicate performance and provides transparency. Performance against the benchmark is monitored weekly and reported monthly to investors on the fact sheets.
Market Dynamics The structure provides sufficient flexibility to allow modifications, providing optimal performance during changing market conditions. 1) The AWM quarterly macro meeting is an input in rebalancing. Longer term, the asset allocation is updated bi-annually with 10-year forecasted returns.

2) Provision through opportunistic allocation allows Argus to invest in market dislocations.
Investment Policy Statement (“IPS”) An IPS establishes a formal document and process as the basis for good governance and connects that investment structure with the board. The IPS is updated annually and approved by the board.
Diligent Rebalancing Systematic rebalancing retains alignment to the risk structure of the portfolios and adds value over time. The IPS requires a review of rebalancing needs on a semi-annual basis.

Due Diligence

Global Best Practices Description The Argus Approach
Transparency All costs and structure are fully disclosed so that investors understand all the components of the product. Costs, structure and relevant benchmark information is included on the monthly fact sheets.
Governance /
Due Diligence /
The Argus governance structure ensures accountability, adequate structure and oversight to ensure the underlying objectives are adhered to. There is a distinct process to monitor performance and pension industry developments with a specific process to address performance which does not meet set policy and standards. Quarterly Investment Committee reviews a comprehensive reporting package, with ultimate accountability to the Argus board. The Investment Policy Statement is reviewed and updated annually. The asset allocation is reviewed and updated if required bi-annually.
Conflicts of Interest Provision of investment services withoutany actual or perceived conflicts of interest such as use of proprietary funds, trail fees, or other commissions of any form. The AIS funds meet this standard. The limited trail fees received by the AIS funds are passed onto the client.

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Argus Wealth Management Limited is registered under the Investment Business Act 2003 (Bermuda), and licensed to conduct Investment Business by the Bermuda Monetary Authority.