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Friday 22 February 2019


Funding level of Dutch schemes stable in June

Written by Tineke de Vries

The average funding level of the Dutch pension funds remained stable at 111 per cent during June.

The policy coverage ratio, which is used to determine pension discounts and indexation, increased to 109 per cent, according to the Pension Thermometer of Aon.

After a decrease of around six basis points in May, the interest rate fell by an average of around 2.5 basis points in June. Due to the slight decrease in the interest rate, the value of pension schemes’
liabilities increased by around 0.4 per cent.

The assets of the pension funds rose by around 0.1 per cent. Driven by the slight interest rate decrease, the fixed income portfolio increased in value. The sentiment on the equity markets was driven by the trade
conflict between China and the United States and the monetary policy of the FED and the ECB.

Emerging markets equities decreased by 4.2 per cent, while developed markets equities fell by 0.1 per cent. Real estate rose in value by around 1.5 per cent.

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