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Tuesday 22 January 2019

LATEST NEWS 

21/01/2019

The Danish pension fund Industriens Pension has invested over DKK 500m (€67m) in building 190 flats for rental in Aarhus


21/12/18

German and British citizens have clashed over the future of the state pension in their respective countries, research by the University of Kent has revealed


21/01/2019

The Dutch National Civil Pension Fund APB has invested €500m in sustainable mortgages from Vista Hypotheken to increase the sustainability of its mortgage portfolio.

The investment in Vista Hypotheken, a subsidiary of Rabobank, will lead to mortgage discounts for customers purchasing energy-efficient homes, the fund said in a statement


18/01/2019

The Italian government has approved reforms to overhaul the country’s welfare state, changing the pension system following the election pledges of the 5-Star Movement and the right-wing League, Reuters said


18/01/2019

Unionised labourers and workers in the food industry have grown their pension assets over the past years, with workers in their 50s on average have accrued more than DKK 1m according to Industriens Pension


18/01/2019

Sweden’s national pension funds AP1, AP2, AP3 and AP4 are improving their commitment to responsible investment and ownership following a change to the AP fund Act on 1 January 2019


17/01/2019

The Danish pension fund PFA has decided to build housing for students with sea views in Aalborg, following an extensive 2017 decision to invest in student accommodation, the fund said


17/01/2019

JØP and DIP returned negative 1.6 per cent in 2018 and were saved by its real estate investments, the Danish pension funds said in a statement


17/01/2019

Norges Bank has decided to exclude two companies from future investments due to unacceptable risk of human rights violations and product-based coal criterion


16/01/2019

Pension provider PensionDanmark has entered into a turnkey contract with entrepreneur KPC to build two sustainable apartment blocks on Islands Brygge in Copenhagen


16/01/2019

Danish pension provider Velliv and insurer Codan have entered a strategic partnership to strengthen both businesses’ future distribution of pensions and insurance services


16/01/2019

The Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund (AP4) is increasing its sustainability ambitions through divesting from nuclear weapons and oil sands


15/01/2019

The sale of Radius, a subsidiary of the state-owned power company Ørsted, which was limited to pension funds and utility companies, no longer has political support in the Danish government


15/01/2019

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance has been positive since 2014, following a mobilisation of investors which has had an impact on supply and demand, according to new research by Amundi


15/01/2019

Dutch pension fund PGGM has teamed up with Shell to explore a potential joint acquisition of the sustainable energy provider, Eneco, in a controlled auction


14/01/2019

German civil servants have better pension entitlement and will be cared for better than most employees, with most receiving double the number of their demographic counterparts, a study by the Ministry of Labour and Pension Insurance has found


14/01/19

The Spanish government has proposed to increase spending on pensions by 6 per cent as part of its 2019 budget proposal, it has revealed


14/01/2019

Danish pension provider Sampension’s customers saw red numbers after a year that was ruled by negative equity returns and market uncertainty


11/01/2019

One in four Swedes considers returning to the work force in some form after leaving the labour market, according to a survey by Swedish pension provider AMF


11/01/2019

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has published a report on the costs and performance of pension and insurance products, following a request from the European Commission to the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs)


11/01/2019

Danish pension scheme MP Pension struggled in the past year, returning -1.9 per cent over the year due to the unrest across the global market


10/01/2019

Danish pension scheme Industriens Pension saw its worst year for equity returns since the financial crisis in 2018, it announced


10/01/2019

The Stichting Pensioenfonds DSM Nederland (PDN) bought stocks in Apple just before the tech giant wrapped up its worst calendar year since the financial crisis, according to Barron’s


10/01/2019

Working past the retirement age could slow down or even reverse the demographic labour shortage Germany is facing, according to a study


10/01/2019

Unemployed men and the self-employed in Finland are more likely to take out early pensions than wage earners, according to a study by the Finnish Centre for Pensions (ETK)


09/01/2019

At least 240 funds will disappear from the Swedish Pension Agency’s fund market this year following stricter requirements for companies looking to keep their funds within the premium pension space


09/01/2019

The accused fraudulent Swedish businessman involved in the Falcon Funds scandal has been caught in Hungary after being on the run since November, according to Swedish paper Expressen


09/01/2019

The Dutch pensions industry needs to work together to create conditions that will gain broad support in society in order to fix the pension problems the Netherlands is facing, according to the Dutch pensions federation Pensioenfederatie


09/01/2019

Irish managed pension funds have had the worst year since 2008 with all funds delivering negative returns, losing 5.2% on average, Rubicon Investment Consulting said


08/01/2019

Pension funds must review their existing agreements with asset managers in order to provide long-term sustainable investments, according to a Dutch research paper


08/01/2019

The board of both of Shell’s pension funds have signed the International Responsible Business Conduct (IRBC) agreement, promising to contribute to solve problems relating to human rights violations or environmental damage


08/01/2019

Over half of Norway’s population aged between 45 and 60 have no idea how much they will receive in retirement and are in addition not saving for old age, according to Norwegian publication E24


07/01/2019

Pension saving schemes in Belgium were heavily affected by the poor stock exchange performance in 2018 and returned red numbers, according to newspaper De Standaard


07/01/2019

The public are "pessimistic" about the future of state pensions, with all age groups anticipating a low state pension and an increase in the state pension age by the time they hit retirement, Canada Life has revealed


07/01/2019

The new Dutch Value Transfer Small Pension Act which has come into effect this January cancels hundreds of thousands of pensions worth less than €2 in the Netherlands


07/01/2019

The Government Pension Fund Global, Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, should divest from fossil fuels and move to unlisted renewable investments, a climate report said


04/01/2019

Differences in administration fees in the Danish pension market could cost customers with high costs up to one third of their pensions, Danish scheme ATP found


04/01/2019

Danish pension schemes JØP and DIP have acquired two office properties north of Aarhus in one of the biggest trades of commercial real estate made by pension funds in Denmark


03/01/2019

The Irish Association of Pension Funds (IAPF) is raising the pension savings benchmark (PQS) by adding the new category Merit Plus, it announced


03/12/2018

Dutch hydraulic engineering Sector wide Pensioenfonds Waterbouw has selected BMO Global Asset Management (BMO GAM) as a partner for fixed income, the manager announced


03/01/2019

French president Emmanuel Macron has pledged more reforms in 2019, despite protests and falling approval rates, according to Reuters.


03/01/2019

Danish pension scheme AP Pension has finalised its deal with Swedish pensions and insurance provider Skandia to acquire its Danish branch


02/01/2019

The Danish pension scheme Industriens Pension’s administration costs came to DKK 22 (€2.94) per month per member after using refunded VAT from the federal tax agency SKAT


02/1/2019

The global economy and stock markets has led to a negative 2018 for Danish LD Pensions at the end of 2018, with the fund returning -2.5% on its large pool


02/1/2019

About 25 per cent of pensions in defined contribution funds are invested too carefully, a customer survey by Norwegian pensions and insurance provider Storebrand shows


21/12/18

The number of working retirees in Finland continues to grow, the Finnish Centre for Pensions has said


19/12/18

Federation of Unions, Educational Federation, Delta and Private Barnehager Landsforbund (PBL) have agreed on a new pension plan for PBL private nursery employees


19/12/18

Romanians will be able to take their money out of private pension funds for a reduced withdrawal fee, a draft bill by the Ministry of Finance has said


19/12/18

The British government has released guidance confirming that UK nationals living in the European Union (EU) will still receive their state pension in a no deal Brexit scenario


18/12/18

The complaint registered by Panhellenic Association of Pensioners of the OTE Group Telecommunications (PAP-OTE), against Greece on 30 April 2018, has been declared admissible by the European Committee of Social Rights


18/12/18

Automatic enrolment opt-out levels in the United Kingdom have “remained consistent” following the first planned contribution rise in April 2018, a new report has revealed


18/12/18

Norges Bank Real Estate Management, on behalf of the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global, has signed an agreement to acquire a 100 per cent interest in a Champs- Elysées property


17/12/2018

Dutch multi-sector fund Pensioenfonds PGB has chosen BMO Global Asset Management for a dynamic equity protection mandate to hedge tail risk and add flexibility


17/12/2018

PensionDanmark has acquired an existing office property in Herning, Denmark, which has been DGNB Sustainability Certified in the Silver category after an extensive renovation


17/12/2018

Danish scheme MP Pension has decided to exclude 14 countries from further investments, a decision made based on systematic violation of human rights


14/12/2018

The Dutch minister of Social affairs and employment wants to allow for pensions to be shared in divorce to improve the position of women, de Volkskrant


14/12/18

A number of strikes are taking place across Belgium today linked to reforms planned for the country’s pension system amongst unrest with the purchasing power of citizens


14/12/2018

Swedish pension fund AMF tops the table for risk adjusted returns in Sweden, new figures from the Swedish National Audit Office show


14/12/2018

Danish funds Velliv, Lægernes Pension and Pædagogernes Pension (PBU) have won a bid to fund the construction of the new high court building in Copenhagen


13/12/2018

The Eerste Kamer der Staten General has accepted amendments to the Pensions Act which will change areas such as automatic transfer values, employee participation and premium payments


13/12/2018

Swedish pension fund AP7 has blacklisted Peabody Energy for violating the terms of the Paris Agreement, the scheme said


13/12/18

Norges Bank Real Estate Management, on behalf of the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global, has disposed of an office property in New York that it owned in partnership with TH Real Estate


13/12/2018

Danish funds PenSam and PKA are partnering up to make direct investments in infrastructure, with PenSam expecting to invest up to DKK 3bn in the first three years


13/12/2018

PensionsEurope welcomes regular fitness checks on supervisory reporting requirements by the European Commission and has called for aligned reporting standards


12/12/2018

A new amendment by the Dutch parliament to limit the use of external fiduciary management is unnecessary, the minister for social affairs and employment Wouter Koolmees said


12/12/2018

Danish pension fund PBU has put pressure on the shipping industry to ensure scrapping of ships is done in a safer way for people and the environment


12/12/2018

Responses to the consultation on Irish pensions reform show mixed feedback on the tax relief system, which makes public-sector pensions worth 80 per cent more than private, according to Irish Times


12/12/18

The Greek parliament has voted to scrap planned cuts to pensions that were due to come into effect in January 2019


11/12/2018

French President Emmanuel Macron has decided to cancel the planned tax increase for low-income pensioners and promised to increase the minimum wage, according to BBC News


11/12/2018

The Investor Agenda, which addresses ‘ambition gap’ in climate change, has reached a record 415 signatories ahead of COP24


11/12/18

A hard Brexit scenario could result in a £219bn increase in the aggregate buyout deficit of UK pension funds, according to Cardano


11/12/2018

The Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (Alfi) said the European Supervisory Authority’s (ESA) partial review of PRIIPs KID rules could have consequences for existing rules


11/12/2018

Danish pension fund manager, Sampension, has made a joint investment of DKK 1.9bn in Swedish Danica Pension


10/12/2018

Dutch financial institutions are no longer allowed to invest in companies which produce, sell or distribute cluster munitions or important parts for it, Pensioenfederatie announced


10/12/2018

Dutch pension fund manager APG has introduced the Brooklyn Pledge to Accelerate Change, addressing human rights within the supply chain of the apparel sector


10/12/18

French pension fund Fonds de Réserve pour les Retraites (FRR) has signed a global initiative to ensure a transition to a low-carbon economy


07/12/2018

Shipping giant A.P. Møller Mærsk has announced plans to cut net carbon emissions to zero by 2050 after talks with Danish fund MP Pension and other Climate Action 100+ investors


07/12/2018

Creating tax neutrality between saving and consuming income could motivate people to save more for retirement, an OECD report suggests


07/12/18

A fraudulent Swedish businessman, involved with Maltese-owned pension fund, Falcon Funds, which was only available to private pension savers in Sweden, has gone on the run from London


06/12/18

The Brexit Secretary, Stephen Barclay, has pledged to keep increasing the state pensions of UK nationals living in the European Union, even in the event of a ‘no deal’ scenario, but only if the EU reciprocates


06/12/2018

Member of the Dutch Parliament, Paul Smeulders, has submitted an initiative law to extend funds’ deadline to achieve the mandatory funding level and prevent short-term reductions to pensions


06/12/2018

Irish managed pension fund saw a slight growth in returns with an average gain of 0.8% in November, according to Rubicon Investment Consulting


05/12/2018

There is no doubt that a pension reform within Italy, as well as other key government pledges such as basic income is still going to be delivered on, Deputy Premier and Labour and Industry Minister Luigi di Maio said, according to ANSA


05/12/2018

There is a need for conducting CO2 stress tests on financial institutions to further embed climate risks in supervision, the Dutch Minister of Finance said in a letter to the House of Representatives


05/12/2018

Norwegian pension fund, KLP, has decided to exclude four companies to cut revenue from coal or coal-based activities and revoke its exclusion of two others


03/12/2018

The German Bundestag has approved the IORP II Directive, activities and supervision of institutions for occupational pensions, without changes


03/12/2018

Governments should engage with the subject of ageing to make the most of longevity benefits, the ILC Future of Ageing conference heard


04/12/2018

Pension funds are not implementing the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) because of a lack of capacity and knowledge, the Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development (VBDO) has found


04/12/18

Defined contribution fund charges appear competitive in the Netherlands and Sweden but are still lower in the UK when administration costs are added, a study from the Pensions Policy Institute (PPI) has found


03/12/2018

Retirement outcomes have improved through combining funded and pay-as-you-go pensions, automatic mechanisms and a strong safety net for pensioners, but the belief in systems and their ability to deliver is eroding, global policy forum OECD has found


03/12/2018

Young women in Finland have the lowest earnings, leading to lower pensions, according to statistics from the Finnish Centre for Pensions (ETK)


03/12/2018

The Netherlands' Pensioenfonds Metaal & Techniek (PMT) has drawn up a new equity portfolio for developed countries based on ESG criteria, and revealed that it will no longer invest in tobacco, fur, weapons or porn industry sectors


03/12/18

The UK's Prime Minister, Theresa May, has reaffirmed her support for the delivery and launch of the country's pensions dashboard


03/12/2018

Following close dialogue with pension fund manager APG, Shell announced today that it will, in the foreseeable future, set targets to reduce its net carbon footprint in the long term


03/12/2018

A survey on European pension plans shows an increase in innovation as fears of another economic shock and fading trust in European political institutions such as the EU is growing


30/11/2018

Swedish AP7 has announced its intention to award six to 10 mandates for asset management, accepting tenders until late December


30/11/2018

Pensioenfonds Metaal & Techniek (PMT) has reduced its CO2 emission intensity by almost a quarter over the past three years, the Dutch scheme announced


30/11/2018

Danish pension provider PenSam has sent a letter to its partners to disassociate itself from the income tax scandal that saw Europe’s taxpayers swindled by €55bn


30/11/18

The number of disability pension applications rejected in Finland has increased to 28 per cent over the last decade, according to the Finnish Centre for Pensions


29/11/2018

The twelfth annual European Pensions Awards are now accepting entries until 22 February for pension funds and providers across Europe who feel they have excelled in the past year


29/11/2018

Swedes benefitted from stock market development, Danish ATP ranks first in the 10-year review period and exchange rates are favourable for Norway, a comparison by the Finnish Centre for Pensions (ETK) found


29/11/2018

The Irish government is waiting until the eleventh hour to draft IORP II pensions legislations still unseen by trustees six weeks before the implementation date, according to the Irish Association of Pension Funds (IAPF)


28/11/2018

Norges Bank has decided to revoke the exclusions of companies Cairn Energy Plc and Kosmos Energy Ltd from the Government Pension Fund Global, going back on its 2016 decision


28/11/2018

The European Commission supports a launch of a cross-border tracking system for occupational pensions, pensions team leader at the Directorate General - Employment Social Affairs and Inclusion, Valdis Zagorskis, said at the CBBA-Europe annual conference


28/11/2018

The changing labour market is dependent on cross-border funds and new decumulation design, such as inflation indexed annuities to protect members, panellists said at the CBBA-Europe annual conference


27/11/2018

European member states should become more socially integrated in order to fight populism, according to a panel debate at the CBBA-Europe annual conference in Brussels


27/11/2018

We have to protect the reputation of the PEPP to build trust, the Transparency Task Force said at the CBBA-Europe annual conference


27/11/18

PensionsEurope, the body that represents national associations of pension funds, has welcomed the EU’s initiatives in sustainable finance that include establishing a unified EU classification system of sustainable economic activities and regulation on disclosure of sustainable investments and sustainability risks for pension funds


27/11/18

Two executives employed by a subsidiary company received €1.2m in benefits from the University of Limerick’s state-funded DB pension scheme, according to a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG)


23/11/2018

The Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has set the life expectancy coefficient for 2019, confirming a reduction of 4.278 per cent, the Finnish Centre for Pensions (ETK) said


23/11/2018

The winners of the seventh annual Irish Pensions Awards were announced last night at the highly anticipated annual gala dinner in the ballroom of the stunning 5 star Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin


22/11/2018

Norges Bank Real Estate Management has signed an agreement to acquire a €415.5m property located in central Paris, it announced


22/11/2018

The Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) has published a guide with steps to close the knowledge gap and help investors undertake scenario analysis


21/11/2018

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) chairman Gabriel Bernadino is confident that an agreement on Pan-European Personal Pension Product (PEPP) will be found before the end of the current European Parliament mandate


21/11/2018

The IORP II Directive’s disputed delegated acts is more about fine-tuning and will not have a disruptive effect on the regulatory framework, European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) chairman Gabriel Bernardino said


21/11/2018

Discussing the relationship between sustainable finance in the pensions and insurance space at the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) annual conference, European Commission chairman said most of the industry understands sustainable finance but does not invest enough to combat issues


21/11/18

EIOPA chairman Gabriel Bernardino has announced that Solvency II will be reviewed to "secure its future", allowing the directive to adapt to market conditions


20/11/2018

Dutch pension scheme Stichting Pensioenfonds PostNL has chosen Kempen Capital Management as its fiduciary manager and will receive advice on its total invested assets, Kempen announced


19/11/2018

The involved parties developing international covenants are working hard to get a green light in December, Netherland’s trade minister said in a letter to the government


19/11/2018

Sampension has signed a statement urging governments to respect the Paris Agreement, sent to world leaders prior to the G20 Summit in Argentina and COP24 in Poland


19/11/2018

Responsible investing is not a ‘quick fix’, pension fund manager APG said at a conference for sustainable investment and financing policy in the Netherlands


16/11/2018

Danish pension scheme LD Fonde sold off equities to protect itself from the volatile market, but still returned negative on most of its portfolios, it said


16/11/2018

EFAMA urges the European Supervisory Authority (ESA) to extend UCTIS exemption by two years to support the proposed amendments and PRIIPs KID flaws


16/11/2018

Pension funds must look at the representation on their boards, pensions and labour, associations have said, calling for more diversity in management roles in the industry


15/11/2018

French employer federation Medef has not asked for a raised retirement age in the pension reform currently being planned in France, Les Echos reports


15/11/2018

Danish fund MP Pension has decided to lift the quarantine Danske Bank was placed under following the bank’s commitment to replace its board of directors.


14/11/2018

The biggest risks posed to institutional investors are the economic growth dynamics and US trade policy, according to NN Investment Partners’ risk survey on 100 institutional investors


14/11/2018

Workers in Germany need the most savings in the world to maintain their current lifestyle in retirement and must set aside 21 per cent of their household income, according to Fidelity’s global retirement saving guidelines


14/11/2018

The pension fund APB’s manager, APG, will incorporate the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB), which scores companies’ performance on human rights, in its investment decisions


13/11/2018

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has published its report on the Implementation of IORP II in relation to the pension benefits statement (PBS).


13/11/2018

BNP Paribas is planning on undertaking an enhanced transfer value (ETV) exercise for its defined benefit pension schemes, it has revealed


13/11/2018

Pension funds across Europe are redesigning their investment management operating models to tackle the impact of the industry’s gradual shift from DB to DC pension plans


13/11/2018

APG, which manages the assets of APB and a series of other Dutch pension funds, has invested €250m in a Smart City infrastructure vehicle set up to pool pension fund investments


13/11/2018

Swedish fund AP4 has joined forces with the United Nation-led initiative Tobacco-Free Finance Pledge to highlight institutions and investors who have committed to divesting from tobacco


12/11/2018

The pensions industry should pursue a balance between economic and social objectives to achieve adequate and sustainable pensions, participants at the AEIP 2018 annual conference debated


12/11/2018

Almost 40 per cent of people in the European Union are not in full-time employment and require more social protection, the European Commission said, opening the AEIP 2018 Annual Conference in Brussels.


09/11/2018

The European Union's VAT Directive needs revision as the current interpretation leads to different treatment of pension plans and insufficient guidance, PensionsEurope and the European Association of Paritarian Institutions (AEIP) have said


09/11/2018

Over 70,000 pensioners in Ireland could see increases following a change to the method of calculating entitlement, according to the Irish Times


08/11/18

Registration is now open for the 2019 Sustainability Summit, which offers pension funds, insurance companies, charities and corporates the chance to learn and network alongside their peers


08/11/2018

Swedish fund AP2’s green bond portfolio is now worth SEK 5.7bn (€553m), ten years after becoming one of the first investors, a report shows


08/11/2018

Implementing the new reporting requirements for funds will enable analogous risk management methods, the German pensions association ABA said during a government hearing


08/11/2018

Institutional investors are investing more in private credit, accounting for 70 per cent of the market’s capital, an investor survey shows


06/11/18

Just 5 per cent of corporate pension funds in the UK have a specific climate change policy, despite 74 per cent of funds admitting that they recognise the potential impact of climate change


06/11/2018

The central labour market in Finland has decided to raise the employee’s contribution share by 0.4 percentage points next year, the Finnish Centre for Pensions (ETK) announced


07/11/18

The Danish funds JØP and DIP have put Danske Bank on an observation list after the money laundering scandal, saying they will look at the actions of the new management


06/11/2018

Irish pension funds saw an average loss of 4.2% in October, the worst month since January 2016, according to Rubicon Investment Consulting


06/11/2018

New regulations for employees in the public sector will allow members to combine work and retirement, Norwegian fund KLP said


05/11/2018

New EU pensions information taxonomy can be reconciled with Solvency II reporting and is closely aligned with the European Central Bank’s (ECB’s) requirements, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has said


02/11/2018

Starting next year, the Dutch state will become the first triple A rated country to issue green government bonds, the minister of finance said in a letter to the House of Representatives


01/11/2018

Women in Finland received 27 per cent lower pensions than men in 2011, but extending the working lives alone will not narrow the gap, researchers at the Finnish Centre for Pensions (ETK) said.


01/11/2018

EU investment professionals are engaging more with ESG factors but oppose a European Commission mandate, a CFA Institute survey has found


31/10/2018

Offering clear information and high returns are the most important aspects of a successful pension provider, according to Danish scheme members


31/10/2018

Folketrygdfondet grew by NOK 9.7bn (€1bn) in the third quarter of 2018, returning 8.4 per cent overall so far this year, 0.8 per cent better than the benchmark index


30/10/2018

UK Chancellor Philip Hammond is giving £5m to support the launch of a pension dashboard, an online platform where savers can view all their pension pots.


30/10/2018

ATP lost DKK 15.6bn (€2bn) following a life expectancy adjustment, despite growing DKK 4.4bn (€589m) and returning 5.8% on its investment portfolio relative to the bonus material


30/10/2018

The Swedish pensions industry questions the government’s new bill, saying it will cause low, volatile and expensive pensions and contradicts the purpose of the European Union


29/10/2018

The Church of England Pensions Board and Sweden’s AP7 are leading a $2trn group of investors in challenging 55 large European companies on their approach to climate lobbying


29/10/2018

Keva, which is responsible for the funding of local government pensions and the investment of pension funds in Finland, has returned €857m on its investments so far in 2018


29/10/2018

Danish PKA has invested DKK 2bn (€268m) in American solar power plants, its first direct investment in solar energy, the pension scheme said


26/10/2018

Approved retirement funds (ARFs) are worth between €8bn and €10bn, according to an estimate by the Irish Association of Pension Funds (IAPF)


25/10/2018

AMF is worried about the market decline despite returning 5.9 per cent between January and September 2018


25/10/2018

Fewer seniors are looking to continue working after reaching retirement age, while more people are looking forward to retirement, a survey shows


24/10/2018

Australian investment bank Macquarie, which owns Danish broadcaster TDC together with funds PKA, ATP and PFA and manages assets for MP Pension, is involved in a tax fraud scandal across Europe


24/10/2018

Large pension funds will not be obliged to set up an audit committee after being classified as organisations of public interest (OOB), the Dutch association for pension funds has said in a statement


23/10/2018

Pensioenfonds Metaal en Techniek (PMT) has still not reached the desired policy funding level and might have to lower pension payments as a result, despite increasing the level from 101.9 per cent to 102.5 per cent in the third quarter of 2018


23/10/2018

Dutch APB is tired of telling its members that the pension system is failing them, as pensions for current and deferred members are not being raised in line with the labour market


22/10/2018

The CEO of Danish fund PKA will represent the country and the institutional investment industry in the new international climate commission Global Commission on Adaption


22/10/2018

The Dutch, Danish and Finnish have the best the pension systems in the world, according to the Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index for 2018


22/10/2018

Norges Bank Real Estate Management has partnered up with Prologis to acquire logistics properties in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and Seattle, Washington


22/10/2018

The UK should move towards a decumulation model similar to the Netherlands and and help consumers understand the flexibility and risks of drawdown, experts said at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) annual conference


18/10/2018

The ongoing pension reforms across several European countries should be pushed further, according to Quantum Advisory partner and actuary Stuart Price


18/10/2018

Ircantec has announced a socially responsible investment (SRI) strategy, promising to divest from traditional oil and gas bonds and reallocate funds to green bonds, as well as withdraw from companies with a weak capacity to adapt


18/10/2018

Pension savers that wish to engage with stewardship “can’t find their way” due to “poor signposting” on pension provider websites, according to ShareAction investor engagement manager Anne-Marie Williams


17/10/2018

The Swedish occupational pensions association Tjänestepensionsförbundet, AMF Pension, Alecta and AFA insurance have collectively published a letter for the government, questioning the effects and use of EU regulations


16/10/2018

The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has launched an industry initiative to address the market need for a stronger coverage of fund classification in Europe


16/10/2018

Stichting Pensioenfonds ING (ING) saw a slight increase in its market value but returned -0.9 per cent, as the real funding ratio and policy funding ratio remained the same over the last month, the Dutch fund announced


15/10/2018

Dutch Stichting Pensioenfonds voor de Woningcorporaties (SPW), the pension fund for housing corporations, has seen a slow rise in both policy funding ratio and coverage ratio as it aims to get out of a reserve deficit.

The policy funding ratio, 116.7 per cent at the end of September, was only up 0.3 per cent from August’s 116.4 per cent


15/10/2018

Swedish pension company, AMF, has moved SEK11.2bn (€1.1bn) worth of assets to guarantees in a bid to secure future pension payments, the fund announced


12/10/2018

The Danish union for army constables HKKF has chosen Sampension as its partner to serve its 1,500 members, the provider has announced


12/10/2018

A responsible investment benchmark by The Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development (VBDO) shows that the ten best-performing pension funds rise well above the rest, while the midfield is stagnating as they do not set long-term goals for responsible investment


11/10/2018

PensionsEurope supports EIOPA and ECB’s taxonomy of new pension data reporting but says it does not accommodate pension funds’ needs for more time.
The new regulations will however improve relevant information on occupational pensions, which the organisation supports


11/10/2018

Dutch people do not have trust in their pension system, scoring lowest on a State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) report on pension happiness, after years of reform debates


10/10/2018

Dutch Mortgage Funding Company (DMFCO) has hit €13bn in assets, making it one of the biggest managers of pension assets in the Dutch mortgage industry


09/10/2018

The Dutch pension fund Pensioenfonds PGB is reducing its investments in coal in a bid to fulfil policies and combat climate change, it announced


09/10/2018

A projected 10,000 new partial old-age retirements will be paid out in 2018 as every tenth person over 61 chooses to withdraw pensions early, according to The Finnish Centre for Pensions (ETK)


09/10/2018

French president Emmanuel Macron told pensioners they would be better off if they stopped whining about taxes, according to The Times


08/10/2018

The European Commission needs to postpone the UCITS exemption as it is ‘legally questionable’, while duplicative disclosures lead to confused consumers and investors, The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) said


05/10/18

Swedish AP1 is partnering with Arabesque for new ESG technology to measure sustainability and ESG data


04/10/2018

The Irish government must set a high enough quality bar for master trusts to avoid issues faced in the UK, according to a pensions expert


10/09/2018

The Irish auto-enrolment proposal is still not good enough and could be harmed by opt-outs after the launch, according to State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) and the Irish Association of Pension Funds (IAPF)


04/10/2018

The regulations that will come when the European Union's IORP II Directive is implemented will lead to a thorough review of trustee culture and activity, the Irish Pensions Authority said


04/10/2018

The new statistical reporting requirements from the European Central Bank (ECB) will lead to disruption, the Irish Association of Pension Funds (IAPF) has said


02/10/2018

Investment fund assets worldwide increased 4.4 per cent at the end of the second quarter of 2018, the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) said


28/08/2018

The German pension body ABA is critical of the federal council’s decision to welcome IORP II as it has not considered the implications it could have on pension funds’ investment decisions


28/09/2018

It is “inevitable” that the Dutch pensions market will move from its current system of collectivism to an individual pensions saving structure, Pensions Institute director David Blake has warned


28/09/2018

The controversial bill to raise the retirement age in Russia was passed in the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, according to Reuters


28/09/2018

Norges Bank Real Estate Management has acquired a 100 per cent interest in a Central London office property, the fund announced


28/09/2018

Norwegian Storebrand Asset Management has signed an investor pledge to eliminate tobacco assets across the globe


27/09/2018

European funds are becoming more interested in increasing their private equity portfolios, a survey report from PensionsEurope has found


27/09/2018

The Norwegian forum for responsible and sustainable investments, Norsif, has released a guide on ESG integration in Norwegian fixed income markets, saying it reduces risk


27/09/2018

Kommunal Landspensjonskasse (KLP) is excluding four companies for the risk of gross corruption, risk of violation on labour rights and for coal based activities


26/09/2018

The Dutch pension system is dislocated from the labour market, according to a letter outlining major flaws in the industry, signed by five of the biggest pension funds in the Netherlands


26/09/18

Kodak Alaris will continue to support a number of smaller DB schemes in Germany and around the world, despite their Kodak Pension Plan (no. 2) (KPP2) scheme being under threat of entering the Pension Protection Fund (PPF)


25/09/2018

Swedish AP2 is represented on the Financial Sector Commission on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, an initiative launched during the United Nations General Assembly in New York


25/09/2018

The Finnish Centre for Pensions (ETK) has published a report outlining the outlook over earnings-related pensions including the length of working lives, pension levels and pension financing over the past 10 years


24/09/2018

Private Finnish pension funds missed the benchmark for returns but managed to remain well-funded, a report by Finanssivalvonta (FSA) shows


24/09/2018

The value of assets managed by regulated third-party managers in Europe grew 10 per cent in 2017 to €25.2trn, according to a report by the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA)


21/09/2018

Dutch pension provider APG has seen its investments in sustainable real estate and infrastructure grow €1.3bn and €900m in one year


20/09/2018

Danish fund PensionDanmark joins The Investor Agenda together with 400 other investors to fulfil the Paris Agreement through corporate engagement, investor disclosure and policy advocacy


20/09/2018

Danish scheme MP Pension has decided to place Danske Bank in quarantine following the money laundering scandal in the bank’s Estonian branch yesterday.

The quarantine means that MP Pension will not buy equities in Danske Bank before clarity and transparency has been increased around the issue, the fund announced


20/09/2018

Leading figures in the pension industry are discussing the current longevity issues and possible solutions in Europe at The International Longevity Risk and Capital Markets Solutions Conference in Amsterdam


19/09/2018

Pension funds will experience a major blow as Euro derivative trading costs could increase tenfold, analytics firm OpenGamma has found


18/09/2018

Dutch wealth could be increased if workers got the opportunity to withdraw money from their pensions, research from the Central Planning Bureau and Tilburg University shows


18/09/2018

PensionsEurope and ISDA have published a paper outlining the concerns for whether client clearing service providers will meet pension fund demands


18/09/2018

Increased administrative costs and regulations such as IORP II will cause trouble for small pension funds, an Aon advisor told Belgian L’Echo


17/09/2018

Only one in four people globally think sustainable investments hinder investment outcomes, a new study by Schroders has found


14/09/2018

The two Dutch collective defined benefit funds NN CDC and Ing CDC saw total returns of 2.0 per cent and 2.1 per cent in the second quarter of 2018, the funds announced


14/09/2018

Dutch pension manager APG will not invest further in coal-related infrastructure and it will half emissions by 2030, it announced at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco


14/09/2018

Industriens Pension’s record membership numbers has raised contributions from DKK 4.5bn (€603m) to DKK 4.9bn (€657m)


13/09/2018

Dutch pension manager APG increases its commitment in Småkraft with €300m as the hydropower operator plans on doubling its capacity by 2022


13/09/2018

Nearly 400 investors with $32trn in assets are partnering up for an initiative to tackle climate change and achieving the Paris Agreement goals


12/09/2018

Strict regulations for the upcoming Swedish premium pension marketplace will ensure a safe and sustainable system, Privata Affärer said


12/09/2018

Unemployment is a major risk for elderly workforce as more than half of the Finnish and Dutch working population exit the labour market before reaching retirement age, research shows


11/09/2018

Pension minister Daniel Bacquelaine wants to make it possible for Belgians to retire part-time from 2020, newspaper Sudpresse said


11/09/2018

Dutch APG and Corsair Infrastructure Partners have acquired a majority share in the Spanish toll road operator Itínere Infraestructuras for €1.3bn


10/09/2018

European funds came out on top on dealing with climate change duties, with five funds in Sweden and the Netherlands achieving leading ratings, a new study from Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP) has found


10/09/2018

Russian police detained 839 people for protesting Putin’s pension reform in demonstrations organised by jailed opposition leader


10/09/2018

Danish Lønsmodtagernes Dyrtidsfond (LD) has lost DKK 311m (€42m) so far in 2018, blaming a defensive investment strategy


07/09/2018

Flexible retirement solutions will not be the answer to increased labour and longer working lives, economist Axel Börsch-Supan said during a seminar held by the Finnish Centre for Pensions (ETK)


07/09/18

UCTIS and AIFs sales registered €28bn in Q2 2018, compared to €222bn in Q1, the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) announced


07/09/18

The Pensions Protection Fund (PPF) must pay at least 50 per cent of members pensions entitlement to individuals whose employers have fallen into the fund, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has judged


07/09/2018

Danish Sampension is the fifth Danish pension fund to join the G20 Task force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).


06/09/2018

Norges Bank Investment Management is dedicated to fulfilling United Nation’s sustainable development goals (SDG) as it announces a policy agenda to be implemented by 2030


06/09/2018

A record high 21 per cent of institutional investors are looking to increase their holdings of UK assets, the State Street Brexometer Index has revealed


05/09/2018

Swedish AP1 has invested in a SEK 1bn (€) 7-year bond in a series of sustainable development bonds issued to raise awareness for the critical role that water and ocean resources play in development around the world, the World Bank has announced


05/09/2018

Juristernes og Økonomernes Pensionskasse (JØP) and Danske civil- og akademiingeniørers Pensionskasse (DIP) has grown less than 1 per cent so far in 2018


04/09/2018

Sampension saw a growing level of activity from customers and members which led to increased contributions for the Danish fund


03/09/2018

The world’s largest pension funds has seen a 15.1 per cent increase in assets under management, reaching $18.1 trillion in 2017. This is a significant increase from 6.1% growth in 2016, according to the global 300 research from Willis Towers Watson’s Thinking Ahead Institute


03/09/18

Ireland’s auto-enrolment plans and unfunded pensions liabilities could lead to financial issues, the Irish Association of Pension Funds (IAPF) said


31/08/2018

Mortality rates in the Netherlands is slowing due to harsh winters, flu and hot summers, De Telegraaf wrote. The windfall, calculated by KPMG actuaries, is significant enough to impact the planned 2024 state pension age increase


30/08/2018

Pensionenfonds PGB is in talks with companies to push for more responsible investments, it said in an engagement report


30/08/2018

The German cabinet has agreed to shore up the pension system to reflect an increase in social spending.

Measures include maintaining the pension payment level for the coming seven years and is a result of record surpluses, full employment and a booming economy in Germany


29/08/2018

The Polish government has adopted the Employees Capital Pension Scheme, a DC fund which is expected to boost the stock exchange by PLN 12bn (€2.7bn)


29/08/2018

The European Commission has approved the acquisition of Swedish wind power company Stena Renewable AB by Norwegian Kommunal Landspensjonskasse (KLP) and Swedish AMF Pensionsförsäkring (AMF)


29/08/2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to dilute the pension reform which would raise the pension age after his popularity took a hit.


29/08/2018

Arbejdsmarkedets Tillægspension (ATP) was down DKK 17.7bn (€2.4bn) in the first half of 2018 after an update to life expectancy and bonus allowance


28/08/2018

PensionDanmark reached an investment return of DKK 1.1bn (€147m) before tax and a 1.9 per cent premium increase


28/08/2018

Danish pension fund PFA struggled with a market rate customer return between -0.5% and 0.0% for H1, but saw a strong customer influx


28/08/2018

Swedish KPA Pension saw a premium revenue of SEK 13.1bn (€1.2bn) in the first half of 2018 as the fund’s assets grew to SEK 178bn (€16.6bn)


28/08/2018

The Finnish Centre for Pensions (ETK) is investigating whether self-employed are fulfilling their pension insurance obligations


24/08/2018

The premium overview framework does not offer enough insight into austerity in the pensions industry, minister Woulter Koolmees has told the Dutch government


24/08/2018

NN CDC Pensioendsfond and Ing CDC Pensioensfond have announced a funding ratio of 120 per cent in July, fulfilling its recovery plan goal


23/08/2018

Pædagogernes Pension (PBU) is one of the best funds in Denmark, growing 1.19 per cent in the first half of 2018


23/08/2018

The UK government has warned that UK pensioners living in Europe, and EU pensioners in the UK, with EU-pension entitlements, may lose access to their pensions in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

In its technical note for banking, insurance and other financial services if there is no deal, the UK government explained that European Economic Area (EEA)-based customers of UK firms currently 'passporting' into the EEA, which allows firms to carry out many activities in EEA countries in the same way as their home country, may no longer be able to access financial services such as annuities, due to these UK firms losing their passporting rights after Brexit


23/08/2018

Norges Bank Real Estate Management has acquired a 49.9 per cent interest in an office and retail property in Boston


23/08/2018

The Irish government has launched a strawman consultation to create an automatic enrolment retirement system


22/08/2018

The Third Swedish National Pension Fund (AP3) had a total return of 3.3 per cent in the first six months of 2018, outperforming the benchmark portfolio


22/08/2018

Swedish Andra AP-fonden (AP2) returned 2.9 per cent for the first half of 2018, totalling SEK 352.4bn (€33.5bn) in assets under management


22/08/2018

Pensions association Aba has criticised the European Commission’s ESG proposal for misinterpreting laws and for misuse of transparency


21/08/2018

The Dutch minister of social affairs and employment said the pension payment balance is healthy despite reports showing that funds are not reaching the required funding level


21/08/2018

MP Pension is in dialogue with Brazilian mining giant Vale as locals around a Mozambique mine have been offered insufficient compensation


21/08/18

The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global returned 1.8 per cent, or NOK 167bn kroner (€17.2bn), due to a positive stock market in the second quarter of 2018


20/08/18

Swedish AP Fonden 7 is seeking a project manager for responsible investment


20/08/18

Pensioenfonds Hoogovens’ funding ratio has increased from 115.3 per cent to 117.1 per cent in July despite being negatively affected by the interest rate


20/08/18

Norges Bank Real Estate Management and UK developer Prologis has entered into a joint venture to acquire a logistics property in California


20/08/18

PKA and Danica Pension have been reported to the authorities for violating the regulations for competition after cooperating to win a pensions mandate


17/08/18

Pensioenfonds Zorg en Welzijn (PFZW) has decided to keep the pension premium stable at 23.5 per cent due to low interest rates, Dutch nu.nl reports


15/08/18

The number of Finnish graduates that will have accrued pension rights as a result of completing their degrees will reach one million by the end of 2018, the Finnish Centre for Pensions has revealed


14/08/18

The Irish Central Bank is working on a contingency plan to ensure that pension payments can continue to flow between the UK and Ireland after a possible hard Brexit


10/08/18

Romanian lawmakers are set to implement new pension legislation that will allow some pensioners to opt for a minimum social indemnity, according to Business Review


09/08/18

The European Commission has named the members of its high level group on pensions, following the appointment PensionsEurope secretary general Matti Leppälä


08/08/18

Russia is open to plans for a referendum on whether to increase the state pension age after protests over the proposal continue, it has been suggested


06/08/18

Irish managed pension funds made an average gain of 2.1 per cent over July, according to Rubicon Investment Consulting


03/08/18

The policy coverage ratio of Dutch pension funds increased by 0.6% to 108.4% during the second quarter of 2018, according to new figures by De Nederlandsche Bank


03/08/18

Pensions provider Conduent has announced it will cease its operations in the Netherlands, forcing the Dutch pension schemes of PepsiCo and Makro to find new administrators


02/08/18

Private-equity group Cinven is set to buy AXA Life Europe (ALE), a specialised platform which designed, manufactured and distributed AXA’s Variable Annuity products across Europe


01/08/18

Finland’s OP Financial Group is undertaking a buyout of its OP Bank Group pension fund with Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company


31/07/18

Dutch pension provider APG has backed a campaign to halt the deforestation in Brazil’s Cerrado region launched by the Farm Animal Investment Risk and Return Initiative (FAIRR Initiative)


30/07/18

Protests in Russia over plans to increase the state pension age in the country continues over the weekend, with tens of thousands turning out, it has been reported


27/07/18

Loodsen, the €899m pension scheme for Dutch marine pilots, is seeking a new administrator after PGGM said it would not extend its contract beyond 2020


27/07/18

Pensioenfonds Hoogovens, the pension fund of Dutch steelworks Hoogovens, has taken several steps to ensure it can continue as an independent scheme


25/07/18

PensionsEurope secretary general/CEO, Matti Leppälä, has been appointed to the Europan Commission’s recently created high-level group of experts on pensions


25/07/18

The Swiss fund market value remained almost unchanged throughout June 2018, dropping by 0.1 per cent, equivalent to CHF 1bn


24/07/18

The UK lags behind its European peers when it comes to adopting a flexible retirement approach, where a person may work part-time before fully retiring, a survey by Aegon has found


23/07/18

The Dutch pension fund of AkzoNobel does not need an additional €400m contribution from the employer in order to grant indexation, according to a report commissioned by the company’s central works council (COR)


23/07/18

The five biggest pension schemes in the Netherlands saw their coverage ratio improve during the second quarter of 2018, it has been revealed


20/07/18

The Russian government has voted in favour of increasing the state pension age, resulting in protests and a drop in President Vladimir Putin’s approval ratings


19/07/18

Norges Bank Real Estate Management, on behalf of the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global, has acquired a logistics property in Orange County, California


18/07/18

Regulatory compliance and reporting has moved from a secondary consideration to primary criteria for institutional investors selecting managers, according to Greenwich Associates


16/07/18

The planned merger of Universal Social Charge (USC) and Pay Related Social Insurance (PRSI) planned by the Irish government, could be used to plug the nation’s pensions black hole, it has been revealed


13/07/18

The Netherlands could expand the options in the decumulation phase of occupational pensions as it says, annuities are suitable as a standard option, but a one-off lump sum should also be made possible


13/07/18

The difference in life expectancy based on income has grown significantly between 2005 and 2015, according to Dutch pension thinktank Netspar


12/07/18

Irish managed pension funds made an average loss of 0.6 per cent over June, according to Rubicon Investment Consulting


11/07/18

Employees of the multi-national company AkzoNobel have begun a strike after Dutch trade unions asked the firm to pay an additional €400m into its pension fund


10/07/18

Norges Bank has excluded a further four companies from the Government Pension Fund Global and have placed three others under “active observation”, for environmental damage and gross corruption


09/07/18

Russian government lawmakers receive on average more in monthly pension payments than a Russian worker's salary, State Duma pension data has shown


06/07/18

Online pension provider BeFrank and the Premium Pension Institution (PPI) of Nationale-Nederlanden have officially started operating under the same name, BeFrank


06/07/18

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


05/07/18

The Irish government has been accused of using complexity “as a defence for paralysis” with its latest consultation on how to introduce auto-enrolment into the country


04/07/18

Net sales of UCITS have risen by €5bn to €43bn in April, driven by equity and bond funds, the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has found


03/07/18

Europeans are the least likely cohort of people to underestimate the cost of living in retirement


02/07/18

Russian citizens have stepped up protests against the government’s decision to increase the retirement age by five years for men and eight years for women


29/06/18

Stichting Pensioenfonds Cindu International has signed an intention agreement with Centraal Beheer APF to transfer its liabilities and assets to the general pension fund (APF)


29/06/18

Dutch pension investors who receive independent financial advice have more confidence in reaching their required retirement income than investors who do not receive financial advice, according to research by Dutch life insurer Brand New Day among its own clients


28/06/18

Finnish earnings-related pension payments increased by €1bn in 2017 to €27bn, up from €26bn in 2016, according to the Finnish Centre for Pensions


27/06/18

Norwegian aircraft mechanics have called off planned strikes after reaching a deal with their employers


26/06/18

A transgender women who was denied her state pension by the UK courts has had the decision ruled as unlawful by the European Court of Justice


25/06/18

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has said that the persistent low yield environment remains the main risk for both the pension fund and insurance sectors


25/06/18

A new Finnish doctrinal thesis has argued that pensioners who live in countries with a high standard of living experience lower levels of income sufficiency


22/06/18

The winners of the eleventh annual European Pensions Awards were announced last night at the highly anticipated annual gala dinner at the prestigious Marriott, London Mayfair


22/06/18

The image that many large employers and pension fund trustees in the Netherlands have of a European pension fund is often based on incorrect prejudices, which means they often do not consider a European scheme when looking for a future proof pension arrangement


22/06/18

The average age that Dutch employees retire increased during 2017 to 64 years and 10 months, 5 months higher than in 2016, according to new figures by the Dutch Office for National Statistics


21/06/2018

Norges Bank Real Estate Management, on behalf of the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global, has acquired a 25 per cent stake in a long leasehold in London


20/06/18

The Swiss fund market value dropped by CHF 19.5bn over May, with the volume of assets standing at CHF 1,117.2bn, data compiled by Swiss Fund Data AG and Morningstar has revealed


19/06/18

Eighty-nine per cent of workers are unaware of how much money is needed to fulfil their own retirement ambitions, according to research by deVere Group


18/06/18

The number of European pension funds considering climate change risk in their investments has more than tripled since last year, according to research by Mercer, but there is still “further to go”


15/06/18

Good investment returns have resulted in a marked improvement of the financial position of Dutch pension funds in 2017, meaning funds can start providing partial or full indexation again, De Nederlandsche Bank has said


15/06/18

The Dutch Minister for Social Affairs and Employment Wouter Koolmees has agreed an action package with the Society of Labour and the Pension Federation, to ensure more women and young people obtain a seat on the trustee boards of pension funds


15/06/18

Almost one in 10 Finnish pensioners have had to cut down on necessities such as healthcare and medicine as they struggle financially in retirement, it has been revealed


14/06/18

European pension funds are preparing to “significantly increase” allocation into alternative income assets, Aviva Investors has found


14/06/18

Greenpeace has staged a protest in Sweden against its state pension funds’ investments in fossil fuels, Reuters has reported


13/06/18

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) is a “poorly understood concept” and is at risk of being “lost in translation”, it has been suggested


12/06/18

The European Union must launch a “charm offensive” on multi-national companies in order to increase the usage of employer controlled, cross-border pensions, or IORPs, it has been said


11/06/18

Changing demographics and current labour market trends mean that a “no policy change” scenario is not an option for European pensions, and member states should not resist evolution, it has been said


11/06/18

Irish managed pension funds returned 2.4 per cent in May, according to the latest data from Rubicon Investment Consulting


08/06/18

The Dutch Investment Institution (NLII) has after four years not managed to advise pension funds and insurers on interesting investments and it will therefore seize its activities


08/06/18

The returns of different Dutch DC arrangements varied considerably during 2017, according to research by LCP Netherlands


08/06/18

Sweden’s AP7 has appointed KBI Global Investors (KBIGI) to its green impact equity mandate, with an initial €75m awarded to KBIGI’s water strategy


07/06/18

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) must have a “strong role” in the supervision of the Pan-European Pension Product (PEPP), EIOPA executive director Fausto Parente has argued


06/06/18

Around 82 per cent of Finnish pensioners find the pension system to by fully or partially reliable, it has been reported


05/06/18

Time is running out to book your table at the European Pensions Awards 2018, tables are selling fast


05/06/18

Institutional investors in Germany are split in two camps when it comes to sustainable investments, according to research by Union Investment in collaboration with Professor Henry Schäfer from the University of Stuttgart.

The survey of over 200 institutional investors found that 65 per cent said they were taking account of sustainability criteria in their investment decisions, compared with 48 per cent in 2013


04/06/18

A leaked document of a pension agreement between union FNV and employer organisation VNO-NCW has revealed the most important points up for consideration


04/06/18

Dutch insurer and pension provider Aegon will merge its premium pension institutions, Aegon PPI and Cappital, under the name Aegon Cappital


01/06/18

Nearly nine out of 10 employers contribute more than the “traditional” 5 per cent into their defined contribution pension schemes, research from the Irish Association of Pension Funds (IAPF) has found


31/05/18

The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has published a new stewardship code to help asset managers


30/05/18

Pensions in Serbia could be increased by up to 25 per cent by the end of 2018, Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic has said


29/05/18

The Irish Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty is to open a consultation on the future of the state pension


29/05/18

Currency market fluctuations caused by volatility has left British expat pensioners £12bn worse off, new research has found


25/05/18

High income Irish households gain the most from pensions tax relief, according to research by The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI)


25/05/18

Pensions Europe has welcomed the European Commission’s latest legislative proposals for the implementation of its action plan on sustainable finance


25/05/18

Dutch pension fund ABP is to arrange a follow up of its test whereby 21,000 members gained insight into their personal pension pot


24/05/18

The Romanian government should safeguard the private pension system, Pensions Europe has said, following reports that it plans to halt Pillar II pension contributions


24/05/18

Dutch pension fund PME is no longer investing in coal producers, which is the next step in the metal fund’s sustainable and responsible investing policy


23/05/18

AHK Romania, the Romanian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry has voiced its support for the private pension fund system, Pillar II


22/05/18

Women’s pensions in Europe are nearly 40 per cent lower than their male counterparts due to childcare commitments, divorce and traditional family policies, it has been reported


21/05/18

The Romanian government has been urged to leave the legislation surrounding the Pillar II pension scheme unchanged, following plans by the government to suspend contributions for six months so that employees’ full contributions can go directly to the state budget


18/05/18

The new Dutch financial testing framework (nieuwe Financieel Toetsingskader or nFTK) is insufficient in a few areas, according to De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB)


18/05/18

Dutch pension fund ABP is still on course with the execution of its policy for sustainable and responsible investing


17/05/18

The Swiss fund market increased by CHF 32bn over April rising to CHF 1,137.3bn, according to data compiled by Swiss Fund Data AG and Morningstar


16/05/18

Danish pension fund PKA has entered into a partnership with turbine maker Vestas and Swedish utility, Vattenfall, for a 353 MW wind energy project in Sweden


15/05/18

European asset managers are opting for automation as their top cost-saving strategy in 2018, SimCorp has found


14/05/18

The Swiss government’s Federal Council has been briefed by the financial market policy forum on proposals to strengthen the country’s financial centre


11/05/18

The average coverage ratio of the Dutch pension funds increased from
108 per cent to 110 per cent during April, according to Aon’s Pensions Thermometer


11/05/18

Holland Casino made a one-off payment of €4.3m to its pension
scheme when it transferred to the general pension fund (APF) Stap last
year


10/05/18

Norges Bank Investment Management has supported a shareholder resolution seeking to reduce methane emissions, it has announced


09/05/18

The pension and life insurance firm Irish Life has made a net profit of €28m in Q1 2018, €26m down on last year, following its April pension strikes


08/05/18

Irish managed pension funds returned 2.3 per cent in April, following two consecutive months of losses, according to Rubicon Investment Consulting


04/05/18

Cyprus, Malta and the Netherlands have the largest gender pension gaps of above 44 per cent in the European Union, the European Commission has found


04/05/18

European commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, would like a compulsory pension and disability insurance for contract workers


04/05/18

Dutch pension scheme ABP saw its asset management costs increase from 60.9 basis points to 64.5 basis points in 2017


03/05/18

The at-risk-of-poverty (AROP) rate in Europe is twice as high for self-employed retirees than those who were employed throughout their working lives, according to a report by the European Commission (EC)


01/05/18

The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global made a loss of 1.5 per cent in the first quarter of 2018, Norges Bank Investment Management has revealed


30/04/18

The Dutch pension fund for the transport sector, Pensioenfonds Vervoer, is exploring the fiduciary management market, although the fund has emphasised it has no problems with Robeco, its current fiduciary manager


27/04/18

The average policy coverage ratio of the Dutch pension funds stood at 107.8 per cent at the end of March, according to figures by De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB)


26/04/18

The Irish government has said that granting pensions to community employment scheme supervisors could cost over €500m


25/04/18

The United Nations' staff pension fund has around $1bn invested in firms not compatible with core UN principles, the Guardian has found


23/04/18

Pensions and insurance specialist Clive Cowdery has secured $2bn in commitments from investors for a new fund to assist companies that are unable to cover long-term payouts and pensions, it has been revealed


20/04/18

Pension liabilities in Ireland were estimated at €436.3bn at the end of 2015, according to the Central Statistics Office


20/04/18

The coverage ratio of the five largest pension funds in the Netherlands fell during the first quarter of 2018


20/04/18

Dutch pension provider APG is selling InAdmin, its DC pension administration subsidiary, to RiskCo. It will take over the administration of defined contribution (DC) pensions of about 175,000 participants


19/04/18

The Swiss fund market increased by CHF 4.9bn over Marc, data compiled by Swiss Fund Data AG and Morningstar revealed


18/04/18

The European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) have named three new members to its board of appeal


17/04/18

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has successfully identified four out of five retirees who will retire on a disability pension, two years before they retire, the Finnish Centre for Pensions has revealed


16/04/18

Members of Dutch pension fund Pensioenfonds Zorg en Welzijn (PFZW) will be able to get a better insight into their financial future via a new tool: the Future Explorer


16/04/18

The youth departments of the four political parties making up the Dutch coalition government have called for the compulsory participation in a pension for all workers, including freelancers and contract workers


13/04/18

Denmark’s PKA has revealed it has excluded 35 oil and gas companies from its portfolio because it believes the companies are not taking the steps to meet the Paris agreement


13/04/18

Dutch people from 18 to 37 years would like to make changes or ask questions about their pension via app or chat, pension provider BeFrank concludes based on research into communication needs


13/04/18

The average coverage ratio of the Dutch pension funds decreased further during March from 110 per cent to 108 per cent


12/04/18

Pension schemes including Sweden's AP7, the Church of England Pensions Board and the South Yorkshire Pension Fund have voted down Rio Tinto’s accounts in protest against the company’s links with lobby groups that obstruct climate change policy


11/04/18

Irish Life employees are to stage a 24-hour strike over the closure of their defined benefit pension scheme this Thursday, 12 April 2018


10/04/18

Finnish female retirees who live abroad get a "much smaller" pension from the government than their male counterparts, the Finnish Centre for Pensions has revealed


09/04/18

The number of partial disability pensions are on the increase in Finland, according to the Finnish Centre for Pensions


06/04/18

Irish managed pension funds saw losses of 1.9 per cent over March, making a loss for the second consecutive month, according to Rubicon Investment Consulting


05/04/18

Dutch average pension funding ratios fell from 110 per cent to 108 per cent in March, as fears over a US and China trade war hit the stock markets, according to Aon


03/04/18

Irish Life employees are to stage 24-hour strike action over the closure of their defined benefit pension scheme


29/03/18

Dutch pension fund ABP needs to put pressure on Shell to further improve its climate goals, according to a group of 67 Dutch professors


29/03/18

The information security of Dutch pension funds has improved, but is not yet at the required level, according to regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB)


28/03/18

The final Brexit deal between the EU and UK must consider the impact on the pension sector, while a ‘no deal Brexit’ could cost pension funds millions, Pensions Europe has warned


27/03/18

The average monthly pensioner income in 2017 was €1,656, €20 higher than in 2016, the Finnish Centre for Pensions has revealed


26/03/18

Pan-European Personal Pension plans are the “only solution” for certain sectors and some parts of Europe, it has been said


23/03/18

Stichting Pensioenfonds voor de Woningcorporaties (SPW), the Dutch pension fund for the housing sector, and pension provider APG have developed a new service to provide members with better insight into their financial future


22/03/18

Stichting Norit Pensioenfonds (SNP), the Dutch pension fund for American industrial firm Cabot Norit, has proposed liquidation per 1 January 2019 and would then like to join the pension fund for the agricultural sector (BPL)


21/03/18

Sweden’s AP2 fund has revealed it has invested SEK 99bn to the foreign equity asset class , all with environmental, social and governance (ESG) exposure


20/03/18

The Swiss fund market dropped by CHF 2bn over February, with the volume of assets standing at CHF 1,102.6bn, data compiled by Swiss Fund Data AG and Morningstar has revealed


19/03/18

Spanish pensioners took to the streets of Barcelona this past weekend calling for an increase to their pensions, according to Euronews


16/03/18

French rail workers are set to start a wave of strikes next week to fight off government pension reforms


16/03/18

The Dutch pensions sector has started to communicate so much better during the past few years, that the compulsory Uniform Pension Insight is no longer needed, according to Leo Lentz, a professor in communication sciences


15/03/18

The assets under management at the seven Dutch general pension funds
(APFs) increased to €9.4bn at the end of 2017


14/03/18

Collective defined contribution (CDC) schemes saw returns of around 7 per cent, or more, over the last decade in the Netherlands, according to APG head of pensions Dr Alwin Oerlemans


14/03/18

Irish managed pension funds lost 1.8 per cent during February, according to Rubicon Investment Consulting


13/03/18

The European pensions sector is “under pressure to address urgently” sustainable pensions promises, chairman of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) Gabriel Bernardino has said


12/03/18

Norway’s Government Pension Fund has sold its 50 per cent share in an office property in Paris for €128m


09/03/18

The majority of Dutch people are not ready for a financially healthy future, according to research by Rabobank, carried out by the National Institute for Budget Education (Nibud)


09/03/18

The average coverage ratio of the Dutch pension funds fell from 111% to 110% in February, according to Aon’s Pensions Thermometer


08/03/18

PensionsEurope has welcomed the European Commission’s Action Plan on financing sustainable growth, which includes an amendment to the IORP II Directive


07/03/18

The Swiss fund market increased by CHF 11bn, equivalent to 1 per cent, over January to CHF 1,103.0bn, remaining well over the CHF 1trn mark


06/03/18

The average age of a Finnish person retiring on an old-age pension increased by around one month over 2017, to 61.2 years, according to the Finnish Centre for Pensions


05/03/18

The Italian election result, which has seen anti-establishment party Five Star Movement and Eurosceptic Northern League make big gains, has had a “fairly restrained” impact on Italian markets, experts have said


02/03/18

Around 4,000 Dutch poultry sellers will be joining Slagers, the industry-wide pension fund for butchers, which will increase the number of active members in the scheme by 30 per cent


02/03/18

Dutch pension provider PGGM will be part of a consortium that will carry out the reinforcement of the Afsluitdijk, a dam between the IJsselmeer and the Wadden Sea, and the expansion of its drainage capabilities


01/03/18

The Irish government has announced a major overhaul of the pensions system, which will see the introduction of auto-enrolment from 2022


28/02/18

Seventy-five per cent of people under the age of 35 in Italy feel their pensions knowledge is limited or non-existent, according to research by State Street Global Advisers


28/02/18

Pension systems in Nordic and Scandinavian countries are performing well due to “tying pension eligibility to life expectancy”, Aberdeen Standard Investments head of retirement Greg McClymont has commented


27/02/18

Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) has announced plans to establish an investment and distribution business in Dublin, Ireland, making it a key European Union business hub


27/02/18

The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global returned €107bn (NOK 1trn) in 2017, as the pension scheme’s market value surpassed US$1trn for the first time, according to its annual report


26/02/18

The Third Swedish National Pension Fund (AP3) returned 8.8 per cent after expenses in 2017, compared to 9.4 per cent in 2016, a 0.6 per cent drop


23/02/18

Dutch unions CNV and FNV have expressed their concerns about the financial situation of the AkzoNobel pension fund during a conversation with the company


23/02/18

The Dutch Trade Union Federation for Professionals (VCP) believes pension funds and young people should do more to increase diversity on pension fund trustee boards


22/02/18

Zurich and Talanx are set to join forces to help more workers save into a company pension


21/02/18

Norges Bank Real Estate, in its partnership with AXA France, has agreed to sell the SZ Tower located in Munich on behalf of the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global


20/02/18

Norges Bank Real Estate Management, in its partnership with AXA France, has signed an agreement to sell a Paris office property, on behalf of the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global


19/02/18

The Croatian government should introduce plans to double the amount of money its citizens pay into pension funds to turn around its deficit, according to the Association of Pension Fund Management and Pension Insurance Companies (UMFO)


16/02/18

Dutch pension investor APG has bought the data analytics team on sustainable investing from Deloitte Nederland


16/02/18

A sufficiently broad and innovative supply and giving members the right to shop around are essential in getting the most out of the Pan-European Personal Pension product (PEPP), the Dutch Association of Insurance and the Association for Premium Pension Institutions (PPIs)said in a joint advice to the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union


15/02/18

Roughly 12,500 Finns were granted a partial old-age pension in 2017 in its inaugural year, according to the Finnish Centre for Pensions


14/02/18

Swedish pension funds AP2, AP3 and AP4 are among a $2.4trn investor coalition that is calling on food multinationals to provide more alternatives to animal proteins


14/02/18

Collective individual defined contribution (CIDC) schemes have the advantage over collective defined contribution (CDC) schemes, a study by the University of Utrecht has found


13/02/18

AXA IM has announced its intention to consolidate its European liability driven investment (LDI) teams, bringing its capabilities under one unit covering the UK, France and the Netherlands


12/02/18

The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has backed the use of a life-cycling default option for the Pan-European Personal Pension Product (PEPP), following an academic study by the SDA Bocconi School of Management


09/02/18

Dutch pension providers, schemes and insurers should no longer communicate about a fixed amount, but about three possible scenarios: standard, optimistic and pessimistic, according to Wouter Koolmees, Minister of Social Affairs


08/02/18

The support for the compulsory occupational pensions in the Netherlands is waning, according to research by Motivaction, carried out for Aegon


07/02/18

Employees who want to work past the traditional retirement age could be incentivised by being able to defer their state pension and receive higher benefits once retired


06/02/18

The Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry reported a new all-time record at the end December 2017


05/02/18

The Netherlands continued to have the highest ratio of pension assets to GDP in 2017, with 194 per cent, it has been reported


02/02/18

Only 21 per cent of Dutch people believe they will eventually have saved enough for retirement, according to an international study by Mercer on financial security among over 8,300 people


01/02/18

The European Commission should avoid a “prescriptive one-size-fits-all” approach to its sustainable investment rules, according to Pensions Europe


01/02/18

The number of Dutch pension funds that can provide some indexation has increased during 2017, De Nederlandsche Bank has said


31/01/18

The European Commission’s code of conduct on withholding tax (WHT) could financially benefit pension funds, it has been said


30/01/18

Defined benefit and defined contribution schemes allocate an average 21 per cent of their fixed income portfolios to alternative credit strategies, according to Invesco


29/01/18

The current proposals for the Pan-European Personal Pension Product (PEPP), which could see existing IORPs as PEPP providers, entails a risk of “damaging existing well-functioning pension systems”


29/01/18

The financial situation of the five biggest pension funds in the Netherlands has improved slightly during 2017


26/01/18

Archimedes, the Dutch pension fund of oil companies Q8 and Gunvor, has transferred to multi-sector pension scheme PGB


25/01/18

Auto-enrolment could protect pensioners living in poverty at retirement, members of the Chartered Accountants Ireland have agreed


25/01/18

Norges Bank Real Estate Management and Prologis Inc has acquired a logistics property in San Francisco, with Norges Bank making the investment on behalf of the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global


24/01/18

The level of hidden charges in investment management highlighted through the disclosure requirements of MiFID II has been blasted by investment consultancy, The Lang Cat


24/01/18

Around 42,000 Irish pensioners will not receive compensation for the income lost via the 2012 state pension loophole, the government has ruled


23/01/18

A pension fund for Members of the European Parliament has a deficit of up to €326.2m, it has been reported


22/01/18

The pension deficit of defined benefit schemes listed on the Irish Stock Exchange dropped by €1.4bn in 2017, Mercer has found


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