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Thursday 19 July 2018

LATEST NEWS 

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.

The 20 per cent of highest income live around nine years longer than the 20 per cent of lowest income. During this decade, the gap in life expectancy increased by around two years


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


19/01/18

Allianz Global Investors has stopped accepting new fiduciary management clients in the Netherlands, as it could not meet pension funds’ requirement that their fiduciary manager must serve several Dutch clients


19/01/18

The Dutch Pension Federation expects further consolidation of the pension industry in the Netherlands, according to its policy agenda for 2018


18/01/18

Irish Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty and Sinn Fein Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald have called on the government to reverse the discriminatory 2012 changes to the state pension that had negatively impacted women


17/01/18

Pensions are expected to play a big part in the upcoming Italian election, which takes place on 4 March 2018


16/01/18

Trade union Unite has warned of industrial action over Irish Life’s plan to close its defined benefit pension scheme


16/01/2018

Norges Bank has excluded nine more companies from the Government Pension Fund Global, for issues including severe environmental damage and human rights violations


16/01/18

A majority, 69 per cent, of pension funds believe members are concerned about environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues


15/01/18

Part-time retirement is not the solution to get older people to work longer, but will instead lead to a reduction in the labour participation, according to Raymond Montizaan of Maastricht University, who researched the possible effects of part-time retirement on the labour participation of older employees in the Netherlands


12/1/18

Pension fund ABP has decided to no longer invest in tobacco and nuclear weapons


10/01/18

New proposals for a Pan-European Pension Product (PEPP) show that tax harmonisation across member states is "highly unlikely”, but a specific tax treatment for the scheme could be implemented


09/01/18

Irish managed pension funds returned an average of 0.5 per cent in December, making up for losses in November


08/01/18

The CIE Group of companies is facing an €80m pension scheme deficit which could leave up to 10,000 pensioners in crisis


05/01/17

Aegon Nederland has called for the fast flexibilisation of the Dutch pension system, so that employees can better plan their financial future


05/01/17

The policy coverage ratio of Dutch pension funds increased from 98 per cent to 106 per cent in 2017, according to Aon. This is above the legally required minimum of 104.3 per cent


03/01/17

The added cost transparency and ban on commissions for independent financial advisers as a result of today’s MiFID II implementation will encourage greater use of low cost passive funds among retail clients, supporting the growth of ETFs, according to Moody’s vice president and senior analyst Marina Cremonese


21/12/17

ReisWerk Pensioenen, the €300m Dutch pension fund for the travel sector, is looking for a merger with a larger industry-wide scheme or a switch to defined contribution (DC)


21/12/17

Almost half of Dutch pension funds (42 per cent) have formulated a policy in relation to climate change, according to research among 38 pension funds carried out by the Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development (VBDO) and AXA Investment Managers


20/12/17

The depreciation of the pound following the UK’s Brexit vote is the cause of such a small increase in occupational pension fund assets in the European Economic Area, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority said


19/12/17

Danske Bank’s Irish defined benefit pension scheme has taken out a €335m buy-in a ‘bulk annuity’ arranged by Irish Life Assurance


19/12/17

Almost 150,000 Finnish retirees took up the part-time pension in the 30 year period it was on offer, a new study has revealed


19/12/17

European institutional investors are targeting lower returns than their North American counterparts, but are much more confident about reaching targets, according to Schroders' research


18/12/17

Pension Bee, an online platform for pension savers, is looking to expand its business into the Irish pensions market, according to the chief executive Romi Savova


15/12/17

Dutch pension funds spent 0.45 per cent on asset management costs during 2016, according to De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB)


14/12/17

The European defined benefit and hybrid occupational pension sector has, on average, insufficient assets to meet pension liabilities on the national balance sheet, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority has found


14/12/17

Dutch annuities increased during the first half of 2017 from €756 to €787 a month, according to Aon


13/12/17

The Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund (AP4) has invested in financial technology firm iZettle, helping the company secure €40m


12/12/17

Norges Bank Real Estate Management, on behalf of the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global, has made its first foray into Asian real estate by acquiring 70 per cent of an office and retail portfolio in Tokyo, for JPY 92.7bn (€694m)


11/12/17

Irish managed pension funds have achieved disappointing returns in November, suffering a 0.3 per cent decline over the month, failing to build on gains made in September and October


08/12/17

Average costs for Dutch pension funds stood at €115 per member in 2016, the same as in 2015, according to a report by LCP


08/12/17

Fewer employees in the Netherlands are saving for an occupational pension through a pension fund or an insurance company, according to data by De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB)


07/12/17

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority is to announce the results of its 2017 Pensions Stress Test next week


06/12/17

The Irish government is reportedly expected to announce plans to increase the compulsory public sector retirement age to 70, an increase of five years


05/12/17

The French public sector additional pension scheme, ERAFP, has launched a call for tenders to award one action and two standby management mandates for hedging the foreign exchange risk of its assets


04/12/17

The new life expectancy coefficient will reduce pensions by approximately 4 per cent, the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has confirmed


01/12/17

Dutch interest group for independent contractors in the construction industry, Zelfstandigen Bouw, has summoned Bpf Schilders, the pension fund for painters, and the state to court over the compulsory participation of independent painters in the pension fund, if a mediation attempt does not succeed by 1 January 2018


01/12/17

ABP, the biggest pension fund in the Netherlands, will increase the pension premium from 21.1 per cent to 22.9 per cent in 2018


29/11/17

Sinn Fein has tabled an amendment to Ireland’s Social Welfare Bill 2017, in the hope of reversing pension changes made in 2012


28//11/17

Norges Bank Investment Management has outlined the reasoning behind its divestment of the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global from oil and gas


27/11/17

UCITS and AIF registered net inflows totalled €57bn in September, down from net sales of €94bn in August, according to latest statistics revealed by EFAMA


24/11/17

The winners of the sixth Irish Pensions Awards were announced last night at a glittering gala dinner in the ballroom of Dublin's stunning 5 star Shelbourne Hotel


24/11/17

Two Dutch political parties, the liberal VVD and the Labour party, will ask questions in parliament about barriers in the Pension Law to a so-called carve out, the transfer of a part of the pension liabilities to another pension provider, such as an insurer


23/11/17

Pension schemes can achieve better results by rebalancing their investment portfolios less often and at less predictable times, according to studies by Dutch asset managers Kempen Capital Management and PGGM


22/11/17

Overseas pension funds are to be exempt from proposed tax changes to UK immovable property for non-residents of the UK


21/11/17

Norges Bank Investment Management has revealed its intention to divest the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) from oil and gas to reduce the risk of vulnerability of a permanent drop in oil and gas prices


20/11/17

Ireland’s Invalidity Pension, which is paid to people who are permanently incapable of work because of illness or disability, has been extended to self-employed workers, the Irish Examiner has reported


17/11/17

The Dutch pension fund of British American Tobacco (BAT) has cut its number of trustees from eight to six


17/11/17

Dutch Social Affairs Minister Wouter Koolmees will make arrangements with the pension industry to clean up very small pension pots of less than €2 a year


16/11/17

Romanians are now at risk of a decreased retirement income as a result of the government’s decision to cut the pillar II contributions to 3.75 per cent, PensionsEurope has noted


15/11/17

Ireland’s pension funds have consolidated the gains made in September with a strong performance in October


14/11/17

US firm Pfizer is to present its plans to freeze its Irish salary-linked pension scheme and introduce a new scheme to the Labour Court this weeK


13/11/17

A report considering the state pension anomaly in Irish law will not be presented to the Cabinet before its completion, Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty has announced


10/11/17

The life expectancy of Dutch 65-year-olds has decreased to 20.5 years in
2023, according to the latest figures by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS)


09/11/17

Even the most sustainable pension funds in the Netherlands do not
invest in accordance with the Paris Climate Accord, according to the
pension climate label


08/11/17

The Irish Airlines Superannuation Scheme recorded a sharp fall in transfer values in just over a year, it has been reported


06/11/17

The Dubai Crude benchmark, known as the Dubai Fateh, can be construed as a “leading indicator” of asset-price bubbles in oil markets, new research has found


02/11/17

The number of Dutch pension funds with a coverage ratio whereby pensions need to be cut is decreasing, but cuts are still a possibility for around two-thirds of Dutch pensions, according to data from De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB)


01/11/17

Over half of Dutch people, 56 per cent, want to work less in the years before their retirement, it has been found


31/10/17

Luxembourg domiciled funds reached €4trn, as of 30 September 2017, according to the Association of the Luxembourg Funds Industry


30/10/17

Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global returned 3.2 per cent in the third quarter of 2017, equivalent to NOK 192bn


27/10/17

Dutch pension fund ABP will invest over €330m in three solar parks in the United States, the fund recently announced


26/10/17

A number of Danish pension funds have been criticised for investing a combined NOK 144m in electric car manufacturer Tesla


25/10/17

The Swiss fund market remains clearly above the CHF 1trn mark, after initially breaking through the barrier in July for the first time


24/10/17

Seventy-two per cent of German institutional investors claim that safety is the most important factor when making investment decisions, according to research by Union Investment


24/07/17

The coverage ratios of the five biggest pension funds in the Netherlands increased during the third quarter following good investment returns


23/10/17

Denmark has dropped from an A to a B+ in the Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index but has still managed to retain its top position in the table


19/10/16

Dutch pension funds are not investing in impact fund FMO, according to
director asset management of the Dutch development bank FMO, Yvonne
Bakkum. She thinks this is probably due to the strict mandates of
pension trustee boards, which would make it difficult to try something
new


18/10/17

Dutch pension administrators APG and PGGM have successfully completed the first phase of a joint experiment involving the development of a pension administration blockchain application


17/10/2017

A new report has found that UK employers are “not pulling their weight” when it comes to sharing pension contributions with their workers, in comparison to European countries with similar DC systems


13/10/17

Ireland’s plans to introduce a 6 per cent rate stamp duty on all commercial property transactions will have knock on implications for the value of pension funds, the Irish Association of Pension Funds has warned


13/10/17

Dutch pension funds have assets of €1.224bn, of which €152bn (12.4 per cent) is invested in the Netherlands


12/10/17

The new Dutch coalition government plans to introduce individual pension pots and a move from average to age-related pensions accrual


11/10/17

The Irish government has committed to an increase in the state pension from next year


10/10/17

Young people in Finland have more trust in the country’s state pension system than older generations, new research has shown


09/10/17

The Belgian government has approved a measure that extends the second pillar of the pension system, the additional pension, to the self-employed, it has been announced


06/10/17

More than half, 57 per cent, of Dutch pension funds still has not set any
sustainability goals, it has been revealed


06/10/17

The average coverage ratio of Dutch pension funds increased to 108 per cent in
September following a decrease in August, according to Aon Hewitt


05/10/17

Irish managed pension funds returned 2.5 per cent in September, picking up after making losses in August and July


04/10/17

The proposed Pan-European Pension Product (PEPP) could be available across Europe by 2019, it has been suggested


03/10/17

The increase of the Irish state pension age from 65 to 66 in 2014 had little impact on the retirement rate of those retiring at the age of 65


02/10/17

It is unjust that the differences between the higher and lower
educated in the Netherlands are not taken into account when
determining the state pension age, according to accountancy bureau
KPMG


29/09/17

The Swedish national pension agency has called for an overhaul of the country’s pension system, following the Falcon Funds debacle


29/09/17

The policy coverage ratio of 52 Dutch pension funds was under 100 per cent at
the end of the first half year of 2017, data by regulator De
Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) shows


28/09/17

A third of Finnish retirees now consider working in retirement, the Finnish Centre for Pensions has found


27/09/17

The UK's Brexit bill could rise by £10bn in order to address the pensions of retired European Union civil servants, it has been announced


26/09/17

Swiss citizens voted against reform in a referendum on Sunday in the country, with 53 per cent of voters rejecting the proposal


25/09/17

Eight in 10 Irish citizens with a pension are not confident that they will have enough income to fund their retirement, according to Friends First


22/09/17

The outcome over this weekend's Swiss pensions reform referendum is uncertain as the public is evenly divided on the issue, says a leading academic


22/09/17

The Irish Government is to publish a its plans for pension reform before the end of 2017


22/09/17

Bedrijfspensioenfonds Landbouw (BPL), the Dutch pension fund for the agricultural sector, has lost a summary judgment initiated by pensioner association MijnLandbouwPensioen


21/09/17

Dutch pension funds mimic each other when it comes to buying and selling government bonds, according to research by regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB)


20/09/17

The Maltese government has published rules on tax incentives to encourage the take up of pension schemes of occupational pension schemes


19/09/17

Norway’s sovereign wealth fund has reached the one trillion dollar mark for the first time


18/09/17

Two Finnish pension websites are trialling a live web chat service where users can ask customer service staff their question on pensions


15/09/17

The quality of the risk management of mortgage investments by Dutch pension funds varies, according to research by Dutch regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB)


14/09/17

The Danish pension fund ATP has agreed to purchase a stake in Copenhagen Airports, subject to regulatory approval


14/09/17

The average coverage ratio of the Dutch pension funds fell back to 106 per cent in August, after an increase in July


13/09/17

Irish people should receive the state pension at the age of 70 in order to protect the economy, it has been said


12/09/17

There is a gap of 450 lei across Romanian public social security pensions between different regions, the Agerpres has reported


11/09/17

Western Europe is second to North America, for having the highest average ratio of pensions underfunding to revenues, according to research by MSCI


07/09/17

The new Dutch pension system will not result in a higher demand for older employees, according to research by Willis Towers Watson among 68 organisations with a total of 320,000 employees


06/09/17

The number of pension funds in the Netherlands has fallen from 1060 in 1997 to 268 in 2017, according to figures by regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB)


05/09/17

Norway’s Government Pension Fund has been ranked as the world’s second largest pension fund in 2016, with total assets of $893,088m, Willis Towers Watson has revealed


04/09/17

Dutch pension funds and insurers will soon be able to bundle small pension pots rather than paying these out. The Dutch government hopes that the new rules will be introduced from 1 January 2018


01/09/17

If a flexible state pension age would be introduced in the Netherlands, no one would be able to retire more than a year earlier than they currently can, and the uptake will be minimal because most people do not want to live on a social minimum income, the SEO Economic Research has found


31/08/17

The number of Irish members of the defence forces retiring due to injuries or disability rose considerably in 2016


30/08/17

Danish pension fund ATP has revealed it is to increase the active ownership of its investments, Reuters has reported


30/08/17

Ireland’s social protection minister Regina Doherty is to call for a €5 weekly state pension increase in budget negotiations with finance minister Paschal Donohoe, it has been revealed


29/08/17

The Czech pension fund Penzijní Společnost České Pojišťovny administered savings in the tens of billions, according to the Prague Daily Monitor


29/08/17

Half of Dutch SME employers (51%) and 63% of SME employees are in favour of lowering the state pension age to 65 again, according to a poll of news programme EenVandaag and SME Netherlands among 600 employers and 9,000 employees


25/08/17

Dutch pensioners who have worked in Germany are receiving a lower retirement income due to a new tax treaty


22/08/17

Pressure to raise pension contributions by 4 per cent in Finland would increase in a stagnated wage growth scenario, analysis has found


21/08/17

A total of €3.4m has been paid in pension lump-sums, split across 17 Irish judges who retired in the past two years, according to The Times


18/08/17

The Dutch employers and unions do not yet have an agreement on the pension system and labour market


18/08/17

Pensioenfonds Zorg en Welzijn (PFZW), the Dutch pension fund for the health sector, is actively pursuing the seizure of assets of directors and health institutions who are paying no or too little pension premiums


17/08/17

The Swiss fund market has broken through the CHF 1trn barrier for the first time, following an increase of CHF 30bn (3 per cent) over the month, latest statistics have revealed


14/08/17

Pension funds have been warned of the risks of poor standards of food safety, antibiotic use and environmental management in the Asian meat, dairy and seafood sector, which threatens investments


11/08/17

Pensioner society ‘MijnLandbouwPensioen’ is seeking a summary judgement against Dutch pension fund Agriculture (BPL)


11/08/17

Variable annuities are off to a slow start in the Netherlands, as it is only offered by a handful of providers and few people choose a variable retirement income, Dutch daily newspaper Financieele Dagblad writes based on research by Focus Orange


10/08/17

Ireland’s Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty has also hinted at a rise in the state pension in the next budget


09/08/17

Existing cross-border pension and insurance contracts are at risk from Brexit, as companies may be left with a “stark choice” of either breaking the law or promises to customers due to Brexit, the Association of British Insurers has warned


08/08/17

The European Commission has expressed its concerns over Poland's plans to reintroduce a different retirement age for men and women in the country


07/08/17

Irish managed pension funds lost an average of 0.6 per cent in July, according to Rubicon Investment Consulting.

Based on its funds calculator, Standard Life had the best performance with a loss of 0.3 per cent. Davy Asset Management was the worst performer over the month, losing 1 per cent


04/08/17

The average policy coverage ratio of Dutch pension funds increased by 2.1% in the second quarter of 2017 to 101.9% at the end of June, but the coverage ratio of 37% of funds are still below the legally required minimum, according to De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB)


04/08/17

The pension fund of Dutch regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) has fully focused its investment policy on covering its liabilities


03/08/17

The deadline for entering the annual Irish Pensions Awards has been extended to 11 August due to phenomenal demand


01/08/17

Norges Bank Real Estate Management, on behalf of the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global, has acquired a 100 per cent stake in a property in central Paris


28/07/17

The Dutch pension fund of Avery Dennison has appointed NN Investment Partners as its new fiduciary manager, the fund announced earlier this week


27/07/17

PensionsEurope has welcomed the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority’s plans to streamline the reporting of pensions information to the regulator


27/07/17

Design and consultancy firm Arcadis has announced it is moving its Dutch pension fund to Het nederlandse pensioenfonds, the general pension fund of insurer ASR


26/07/17

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has launched a consultation on its proposals to streamline the reporting of occupational pensions information


24/07/17

Norges Bank Real Estate Management, on behalf of the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global, has acquired a 100 per cent interest in a Berlin office building


21/07/17

Employees of the Irish Independent have accepted the decision to continue contributions to the company pension scheme until 2023


21/07/17

There is no noticeable difference in the level of returns achieved by Dutch pension funds following an active investment strategy and those investing passively, according to research by De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB)


21/07/17

French workers in their twenties will need to save 26 per cent of their salaries in order to secure a retirement replacement rate that current French retirees enjoy


20/07/17

Early retirement for employees in tough manual labour jobs would cost the Dutch government between €125 to €200m a year, according to research by the Economic Institute for Construction (EIB)


19/07/17

Dutch pension fund ABP has bought 48 infrastructure projects for around €700m, the fund has announced


19/07/17

Norway has maintained its position as the top performing country in a global retirement index for the second year in a row, it has been revealed


18/07/17

Dutch employees in manual labour jobs find it increasingly difficult to continue working until retirement, it has been revealed


17/07/17

More than half (52%) of Dutch people do not save for an additional
pension, according to research by asset manager BlackRock


17/07/17

Financial education barely has an impact on the pension choices of Dutch consumers, it has been revealed


14/07/17

The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) has published a MiFID2 Best Execution Guide to take a practical view of the implementation of Directive’s requirements


12/07/17

Seventy per cent of Danish people do not know the cost of their pensions, according to research by PensionDanmark


10/07/17

Ireland’s mandatory retirement age should be abolished and all workers should be required to join a pension scheme, the Citizens’ Assembly has advised


07/07/17

The value of Ireland’s public sector pensions are worth between €2.4m and €3.7m, The Irish Times has reported


05/07/17

Earnings-related pension insurance companies Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company and Etera Mutual Pension Insurance Company are to merge at the beginning of 2018, it has been revealed


04/07/17

The Finnish Centre for Pensions has launched a Facebook-based campaign on earnings-related pensions


04/07/17

Norges Bank Real Estate Management, on behalf of the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global, has purchased a stake in a property in Washington DC, USA


03/07/17

The abolition of the so-called mean premium in the intended new Dutch
pension system will become cheaper because of the low interest rate,
the Central Planning Bureau (CPB) has calculated


30/06/17

The European pensions industry has welcomed the European Commission's proposals to introduce a pan-European pensions product (PEPP)


29/06/17

The European Commission has revealed its plans for a Pan-European Pension Product (PEPP) designed to give savers across the Union better options when saving for retirement


28/06/17

Less educated people in the Netherlands retire more than a year later than higher educated individuals, according to research by Raymond Montizaan of the Research Centre for Education and Labour market of the Maastricht University


27/06/17

Ninety five per cent of European pension funds haven’t considered the financial impact of climate change on investments, Mercer has reported


26/06/17

The four biggest Dutch pension funds are investing a total of almost €250m in French energy firm Engie, which owns the controversial Belgian nuclear plants Doel and Tihange, according to Dutch news programme EenVandaag


23/06/17

The European Fund and Asset Management Association has appointed William Nott as president for a two-year term, it has been announced


23/06/17

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


22/06/17

Two thirds of divorced women in the Netherlands (69 per cent) do not discuss
the division of retirement savings during the divorce, according to research by Motivaction for Mijnpensioenoverzicht.nl, the Dutch website providing individuals with a personal pension overview


21/06/17

The minimum retirement pension is to increase twice before the end of the year, the Bulgarian parliament has decided


20/06/17

European cover ratios for defined benefit pension schemes “remain a concern” for a number pension funds, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority has said


20/06/17

The pension fund of Dutch daily paper De Telegraaf has offered to sell
its equities in Telegraaf Media Groep (TMG) to the Belgian Mediahuis,
which wants to take over the Amsterdam-based publisher


19/06/17

A Pan-European Personal Pension Product (PEPP) should have minimum investment periods to ensure it is truly a long-term product and allow providers the benefits of being able to invest long-term, according to Insurance Europe


19/06/17

Almost half of Dutch freelancers (43 per cent) are not saving enough for
retirement, according to the Economic Statistical Bulletin (ESB)
published on Thursday


16/06/17

The Social Welfare and Pensions Bill will be detrimental for employers seeking to maintain their defined benefit pension plans, Ibec has said


15/06/17

A third of Finnish people who are in receipt of a partial old age pension are not working, according to data released by the Finnish Centre for Pensions


13/06/17

An unnamed German pension fund has awarded AEW Europe €100m of equity to be invested in commercial and residential real estate


12/06/17

PensionsEurope has provided a framework for a modern pensions solution that draws on necessary features of a good pension system such as adequacy, sustainability, reliability and efficiency


12/06/17

Cross-border funds’ automation rates reached new highs of 86.7 per cent in the last quarter of 2016, the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has found


09/06/17

The Dutch pension fund for the healthcare sector, Pensioenfonds Zorg
en Welzijn (PFZW), has lost €1m due to the bailout of Spanish bank
Banco Popular


09/06/17

The Swedish government has appointed Cardano to advise on the structural overhaul of its pension system


08/06/17

Luxembourg-based subsidiary La Mondiale Europartner has agreed to transfer its existing book of international pension plan business to Zurich Eurolife S.A.


08/06/17

Pensions Europe has set out six key principles for ensuring good member outcomes in defined contribution schemes, in a new report, published today


07/06/17

The average gender pension gap in Europe has risen to 40 per cent, Mercer has reported


05/06/17

Auto-enrolment pension provider Smart Pension has received an investment of millions of pounds from one of Norway’s wealthiest families


05/06/17

The Irish government has refused to back down on its plans increase public servants’ pension contributions


05/06/17

Self-Employed Construction is suing the Dutch pension fund for
painters BPF Schilders. The interest group demands that the pension
fund no longer obliges freelance painters to join the fund and pay
premiums


02/06/17

Dutch pension funds should take an example from insurers when it comes
to investments in Dutch stock-listed companies, according to the
Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp


02/06/17

Ireland's largest pension provider Irish Life will be closing its defined benefit pension scheme despite having a €150m surplus


01/06/17

ASGA Pensionkasse has awarded Stafford Capital Partners a $100m mandate for investments into timber and agriculture


31/05/17

A case study on Denmark’s retirement system has highlighted the importance of frequently reviewing and updating retirement systems, the World Economic Forum has said


30/05/17

A new Dutch pension system needs to continue to be based on compulsory membership of collective pension funds, but with more options for individual members, writes the Pension Federation


26/05/17

Dutch pension funds expect to overcome their financial difficulties through high investment returns, according to the recovery plans of 181 funds with a deficit, which De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) reviewed in the past months


24/05/17

The Irish government has formally informed trade unions that it wants some public service staff to make higher contributions to their pensions


23/05/17

The Danish government has scrapped plans for an increase to the country’s retirement age, according to reports.

The Local.dk reported that the country’s Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen announced the plan to increase the retirement age from 67 to 67.5 would not go ahead because he would not be able to secure a parliamentary majority


22/05/17

Four in 10 entrepreneurs and directors are sometimes kept awake at night by how their own or their employees’ pension has been arranged, according to recent research by non-profit foundation Decision Makers Survey (DMS)


19/05/17

Dutch pension fund ABP has increased its investments in fossil fuels by €2bn last year, despite its ambition to increase its sustainable investments


19/05/17

Irish Solidarity Teachtaí Dála have criticised the current Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s high pension entitlements


18/05/17

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority has launched its second pension stress test for schemes across the European Union


17/05/17

Norges Bank Real Estate Management, on behalf of the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global, has in partnership with The Crown Estate acquired three properties in central London


16/05/17

The French public service additional pension scheme, ERAFP, is tendering a €200m real estate mandate


15/05/17

Pension administrators need to transfer pension records as completely
as possible in case of a pension transfer and should retain them much
longer than the legal term of seven years, the Dutch pension ombudsman
Piet Keizer recommended in his annual report of 2016


12/05/17

European and French small caps were the top performing funds in 2016, Lyxor Asset Management has revealed


11/05/17

The French national pension fund for the self-employed (Caisse Nationale d’Assurance Vieillesse des Professions Libérales) has selected Societe Generale Securities Services as its custody services provider


10/05/17

Dutch pension fund ABP is on track to reach its concrete objectives for sustainable investing by 2020, according to its Sustainable and Responsible Investing Report 2016


09/05/17

Public sector employees in certain pension schemes should make larger contributions into their scheme, the Public Pay Commission has suggested


08/05/17

The average coverage ratio of Dutch pension funds increased by 1 per cent in April from 104 per cent to 105 per cent


5/5/17

The European Commission has announced that a new three-year temporary exemption from central clearing of OTC derivatives for pension funds


5/5/17

The Dutch pension fund for the health sector, Pensioenfonds Zorg en Welzijn (PFZW), has started investing in green bonds over the past year


04/05/17

Swiss pension funds and insurance companies are being given an opportunity to participate in a modelling programme to gauge their alignment to the sustainability target of keeping climate temperature changes below 2 degrees, as outlined in the Paris Agreement


03/05/17

Public sector workers could pay considerably more in pension contributions if unions maintain that the final value of their pensions must be untouched, the Irish Independent has reported


02/05/17

The policy coverage ratio of Dutch pension funds increased by 2.2%
during the first quarter of 2017 to 99.7%, according to regulator De
Nederlandsche Bank (DNB)


28/04/17

Young people will probably have to pay for older people for decades
more to come under new Dutch pension plans, believes Jan Berghuis,
employee chair of Dutch metal pension fund PMT


27/04/17

The shortlist for the 2017 European Pensions Awards has been revealed


26/04/17

A report by Better Finance on pension savings has been criticised by PensionsEurope for comparing “apples and pears” as it does not differentiate between retail products and pension arrangements in the second pillar


25/04/17

Over half, 54 per cent, of working adults in Ireland do not have a company pension scheme available to them, new research has found


24/04/17

The cost of paying pensions to retired public sector staff in Ireland is now €3.3bn, a government report has noted


21/04/17

The coverage ratios of the five biggest Dutch pension funds have increased slightly during the first quarter due to the higher interest rate, the funds’ Q1 results show


20/04/17

Former chair of PensionsEurope and current board member Joanne Segars is to step down from PensionsEurope to pursue a portfolio career


19/04/17

The pension fund for the Dutch Employee Insurance Agency (UWV) has signed a concept agreement to appoint Kempen Capital Management as fiduciary manager from 1 October 2017


19/04/17

A majority of institutional investors believe Brexit will be hard and many UK-based financial firms will establish subsidiaries in the European Union such as Malta


18/04/17

British Prime Minister Theresa May has called for a snap General Election to be held on 8 June 2017, which those in the pensions industry have said throws UK pensions policy “up in the air”


13/04/17

The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global returned 3.8 per cent (NOK 298bn) in the first quarter of 2017, Norges Bank Investment Management has revealed


12/04/17

The Dutch Social Economic Council (SER) advocates personal pension
pots, where members find out the level of retirement income only ten
years before retirement


11/04/17

Bulgarian centre right party GERB has agreed on a minimum monthly pension amount with the United Patriots coalition of parties, BTA has reported


10/04/17

Over £150m of the Northern Irish policing budget has been paid to officers under the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) injuries scheme, the Irish News has found


07/04/17

Irish pension managed funds returned 0.9 per cent during March, according to Rubicon Investment Consulting


06/04/17

AGP will carry out the pension administration for the Dutch pension
fund for architecture firms from 1 January 2018


05/04/17

Dutch ship chandler Terneuzen Bonded Stores (TBS) and pension fund Foodservice disagree over whether the company is obliged to pay into the fund


04/04/17

Pfizer Ireland employees that are members of union Siptu have settled a dispute with the company to allow 35 new entrants to access its defined benefit pension scheme


03/04/17

Sweden’s AP1 Fund has invested $250m into a new environmentally focused fund launched by Osmosis, a sustainable investment manager


31/03/17

Oil trader Vitol Anker has liquidated its Dutch pension fund and
transferred the pensions to Belgian insurer Integrale in Luxembourg


30/03/17

The retirement income from the average Dutch DC pension pot has risen
from €687 to €756 in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to
Aon Hewitt’s Pension Comparison Tool


29/03/17

It is of “paramount importance” that the pension rights accumulated before and after Brexit of EU and British beneficiaries are protected, Pensions Europe has said


29/03/17

The Greek government will reportedly cut pensions by up to 1 per cent in 2019 as part of an EU bailout deal, Reuters has reported


28/03/17

A good pension in the public sector “no longer” true and a “draw for staff coming into employment” the Irish Department of Transport has reportedly said


27/03/17

Dutch pension fund PME will expand its sustainable investments as it
aims to sustainably invest 10 per cent of its assets by 2021


24/03/17

For the first time in ten years the average retirement age of Dutch
employees has not risen


23/03/17

Germany is to increase its state pension by 3.6 per cent from July 2017, Reuters has reported


22/03/17

There have been 3,600 applications to receive the new partial early old-age pension over the month of February, the Finnish Centre for Pension has revealed


21/03/17

The French public service additional pension scheme, ERAFP has acquired an office space in Amsterdam through LaSalle Investment Management


20/03/17

Small Dutch pension funds still have plenty of room to achieve substantial economies of scale, according to De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB)


20/03/17

Sixteen new financial institutions have joined Dutch pension fund Stichting Bedrijfstakpensioenfonds Zorgverzekeraars (SBZ), which opened up its membership to other parties last summer


15/02/17

German airline Lufthansa has reached an agreement with its pilot’s union on pay and pensions


14/03/17

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority has launched an engagement survey on the idea of a pan-European occupational defined contribution framework


13/03/17

The average coverage ratio of Dutch pension funds increased from 103 per cent to 104 per cent in February, according to Aon Hewitt’s Pension Thermometer


10/03/17

Pension funds are not obliged to distribute a voluntary one-off employer contribution among the employees of all the companies that are part of the fund, the court in Amsterdam has decided


09/03/17

It takes a total of 10 workers to pay one persons’ pension in Greece, experts have said


08/03/17

UK Chancellor Philip Hammond has left UK pensions largely untouched in his Spring Budget, which although welcomed by some has been described as a “missed opportunity” by others


08/03/17

The UK government is to introduce a 25% charge on transfers to Qualifying recognised overseas pension schemes (QROPS) from midnight tonight, the UK Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced in his Spring Budget, in a bid to crack down on tax abuse of foreign pension schemes


08/03/17

Poland is planning on launching a reformed pension system from the beginning of 2018, The Warsaw Voice has reported


07/03/17

The Dutch pension fund of Bavaria will be liquidated and the pension arrangements will be moved to the APF of Central Beheer Achmea, the pension fund has announced


06/03/17

Pension fund Butchers is allowed to continue its ‘provisional pension arrangement’, judges decided in an appeal brought forward by Dutch regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), who wanted the fund to adjust the arrangement


03/03/17

Norges Bank Investment Management has revealed the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global returned 6.9 per cent in 2016, equivalent to NOK 447bn


01/03/17

Pension funds within the euro area had a total of €2,446bn in assets in the third quarter of 2016, the European Central Bank has revealed


28/02/17

Due to strong demand, the deadline for the European Pensions Awards has been extended until 10th March


28/02/17

Dutch pension fund Meubel has appointed IT company Centric as its pension administrator


27/02/17

The Dutch government should share the financial burden for the supervision of pension funds, the country’s Pension Federation said in a letter to the Dutch Ministry of Finance


24/02/17

Sweden’s AP1 Fund returned 9.3 per cent in 2016, equivalent to a net investment income of SEK 27bn after expenses, it has revealed


23/02/17

Emergency legislation is needed to protect private sector defined benefit pension schemes, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions has said


23/02/17

World Pensions Council director general Nicolas J. Firzli examines why for European pension funds, the election of President Trump, could offer "remarkable opportunities"


21/02/17

Europe’s five largest pension funds have €7.5bn invested in companies with activity in and around illegal settlements in occupied Palestinian territories, Danwatch has claimed


21/02/17

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority has said it is going to take a more active role in supporting the authorisation and setting up of cross-border IORPs


21/02/17

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) is to explore profit sharing products for the Pan-European Personal Pension Product (PEPP)


20/02/17

A €450m annuity transaction has been agreed between a leading global corporate and AXA France Vie on an Irish defined benefit pension scheme, Business World ie has reported


20/02/17

Allowing people to draw their state pension two years earlier or five years later will increase the Dutch government’s pension costs in the short term, according to calculations by the Central Planning Bureau (CPB)


17/02/17

A correction of the actuarial interest rate is needed to create more stability in the Dutch pension system, according to Dutch pension fund PMT CEO Benne Van Popta


17/02/17

Estimations of the European Union’s €63.8bn pension liability are “burdened with considerable uncertainty”, according to think tank Bruegel


16/02/17

Swiss pension funds need to adjust their asset allocation to avoid the threat of a funding shortfall, according to the Swiss Bankers Association (SBA)


15/02/17

The German government is making provisions to equalise the pensions gap between East and West Germany by January 2025


14/02/17

Dublin Bus staff and members of the Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union, (SIPTU) have announced their decision to take industrial action over pension issues


13/02/17

European policymakers must act now to tackle the “unprecedented challenge” of the pensions strain that the union faces, according to Insurance Europe


10/2/17

The Irish Pension Bill, as proposed by Fianna Fáil, has been voted for by 82 votes to 51, defeating the government, RTE reported


09/02/17

Over 35,000 people had their pensions cut as a result of changes to the state pension in 2012 by the previous Irish government, Age Action has reported


08/02/17

Danish state pension fund ATP has announced a gross investment return of DKK 15.3bn before tax and expenses, following a “turbulent year”


07/02/17

Irish TDs are set to debate a bill that looks to give greater protection to members of defined benefit pension schemes tonight, 7 February 2017.


07/02/17

European head-quartered companies are paying over two times more per employee into their UK pension schemes than FTSE350 counterparts, Barnett Waddingham has found


07/02/17

French public service pension fund ERAFP has updated its shareholder engagement guidelines and its policy for voting in general meetings to reflect the changes to its SRI charter


06/02/17

Norwegian oil firm Aker BP has reported surprisingly higher-than-forecasted fourth quarter earnings as a result of a change in the company’s pension scheme, Reuters has reported


03/02/2017

Dutch pension fund Philips Pensioenfonds gained 10.2 per cent on investments over the course of 2016, despite a 2.8 per cent loss in the last quarter


02/02/17

Net inflows into UCITS and AIF assets dropped by €40bn in November 2016, according to the European Fund and Asset Management Association


01/02/17

Croatia’s mandatory pension funds (OMF) returned more than 5bn Kuna last year, according to the Association of Pension Funds


31/01/17

Those in the industry wanting to apply for the European Pensions Awards have just over three weeks left to apply with applications closing on the 24 February 2017


30/01/17

For the first time Finland and Italy have been featured in a study of the top 22 countries for pension assets by Willis Towers Watson


27/1/17

Norges Bank Real Estate Management has sold three logistics properties in San Francisco Bay on behalf of the Norway Government Pension Fund Global


26/1/17

Shrinking month-end liquidity pools have left European pension funds most at risk, a panellist at a summit in Luxembourg explained.


25/01/17

The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global has revoked its exclusion of American arms manufacturer Raytheon Co


24/1/17

A plan to reduce the pensions gender gap has been agreed by Sweden’s pensions review committee Pensiongruppen, the Swedish government has revealed


23/1/16

The combined deficit of defined benefit pension schemes in listed companies of Ireland’s Stock Exchange soared by 50 per cent to €4.5bn in 2016


20/1/17

Ireland’s Republican Party Fianna Fáil has revealed that it will propose legislative measures to stop solvent businesses closing their defined benefit pension plans


19/01/17

The European Commission is seeking to amend regulations around EU derivatives reforms that could wipe €3bn off European citizens’ pensions every year


18/1/17

Maltese pension fund Falcon Funds is facing a criminal investigation in Sweden after the Swedish Pensions Agency claimed it had been unable or unwilling to pay 2.4 billion Swedish Kroner (€247m) of savings to 22,000 investors


17/1/17

Pensioners in Finland have enjoyed an income uplift of a third in the past 20 years, the Finnish Centre for Pensions (ETK) has reported


17/01/2017

UK trustees need to take IORP II implementation seriously, despite Brexit, explains the UK's Society of Pension Professionals chairman of the European sub-committee, Tony Bacon


16/01/17

Ireland’s leading pension provider with over one million customers, Irish Life, has said it is willing and ready to invest in social housing projects, the Irish Independent has reported


13/01/17

The Credit Suisse Swiss Pension Fund Index reached an all-time high at the end of December 2016


12/01/17

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia (GZS) has claimed that proposals by trade unions for milder pension reforms would cost an additional €1bn


11/01/17

Finland’s earnings-related pension reforms have taken effect with pension accrual rates changing immediately


10/01/17

French public service pension fund ERAFP has awarded a private equity portfolio management and infrastructure mandates


09/01/17

Tata Steel’s defined benefit pension scheme closure could compromise jobs at German steelmaker Thyssenkrupp, it has been revealed


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