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April-May 2017

Today’s resilient pension funds should be able to cope with any storms that the West’s unstable political scene has whipped up. But there are still dangers ahead requiring caution


April-May 2017

From diversification to consolidation, Andrew Williams explores the transition management trends across Europe


April-May 2017

Peter Carvill explores how the relationship between schemes and sponsors is shifting, and how it varies across Europe


April-May 2017

Sandra Haurant looks at the current state of the equity markets given the high levels of political change, and what this means for pension funds


April-May 2017

Lynn Strongin Dodds questions whether investors’ attention should now be focused
on the small and mid cap section of the stock market


April-May 2017

The Dutch pension system is consistently ranked highly as an example for other countries to follow. But its recent general election saw pension challenges placed firmly in the spotlight. David Adams explores the current developments occurring within the Dutch pensions market, and the changes that may yet occur


April-May 2017

The Netherlands boasts one of the world’s largest and most vibrant pensions investment landscapes. Stephen Bouvier gets the lowdown from two leading investment managers


April-May 2017

David Adams speaks to Eric Uijen, chairman of the executive board at Dutch pension fund PME, about the changes on the horizon


April-May 2017

Natalie Tuck speaks to Norges Bank Investment Management on the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global’s investment strategy and ESG policy


April-May 2017

Talya Misiri speaks to the Swedish pension dashboard Minpension’s head of development Patrik Malmquist on the success and development of the tool


February-March 2017

Swiss pension funds may currently be well funded, with a solid saving habit engrained in the population, but controversial measures to stimulate the economy, high conversion rates and an ageing population may dent this security. Louise Farrand examines the improvements being considered to the current pension system


February-March 2017

Swiss Funds & Asset Management Association managing director Markus Fuchs explores how a rethink is necessary in the world of Swiss investment


February-March 2017

Talya Misiri considers the key elements that characterise the changing nature of retirement across Europe


February-March 2017

Nick Martindale examines the growing use of fintech within the pensions sector and the potential it has to completely overhaul the industry


February-March 2017

The occupational pensions sector is undergoing many changes across Europe. The resulting foggy picture means that future-proofing DC scheme design has become a precarious task


February-March 2017

Quoniam Asset Management’s Thomas Kieselstein explains to European Pensions how best to implement factor investing, while Sandra Haurant examines how factor investing has evolved and where it may be heading


February-March 2017

Francesca Fabrizi speaks to Frances McNally,manager of Ireland’s Construction Executive Retirement Savings master-trust scheme, about the latest developments within the fund


February-March 2017

Adam Cadle explores the developments within the high yield versus investment grade debate and where the popularity lies


February-March 2017

Marisa Kurk discusses why pension fund investors need to precisely determine and achieve best execution within FX transactions, while Lynn Strongin Dodds reveals why managing currency volatility is currently rising up the agenda of pension fund investors


February-March 2017

With 2017 set to be another big year for global politics, Natalie Tuck examines what pension funds need to look out for and how they can mitigate risk


February-March 2017

Mark Reinisch, Berenberg London - Asset Management, explains how a dynamic risk overlay can protect investors from market corrections


April-May 2017

With high-yield spreads at their tightest in three years and not that far from all-time lows, there is now an obvious question in the market: Where are we in the cycle and is there still upside?


April-May 2017

James Walsh muses over the methods to ‘Brexit-proof’ the UK pensions industry, and considers the possibility of a Scottish independence referendum ahead


December 2016-January 2017

Adam Cadle talks to NOW: Pensions CEO and former ATP vice president Morten Nilsson about how the UK AE provider has continued the Danish pension fund’s success story


December 2016-January 2017

European Pensions reveals the need to rethink fixed-income investing in order to mitigate today’s challenges, and the fixed income strategies pension schemes are adopting in the search for new sources of income


December 2016-January 2017

After a long and arduous process, the IORP II Directive is to be published in January 2017. PensionsEurope CEO Matti Leppälä states how the directive has got to this stage and what the future involves


December 2016-January 2017

Adam Cadle speaks to Finnish pension fund Keva’s investment team and director of
finance Allan Paldanius about its structure and investment strategy


December 2016-January 2017

Consolidation and collaboration between Nordic pension funds has been an ongoing theme for years. Peter Carvill examines this trend


December 2016-January 2017

European pension funds are increasingly looking at more unusual investment areas and asset classes to beat the low interest rate environment. Lynn Strongin Dodds explores just how unusual some of these investments are


December 2016-January 2017

The UK’s auto-enrolment experiment has been a success up until now. Will it prompt others in Europe to follow suit?


December 2016-January 2017

After a somewhat rollercoaster ride in the global emerging markets equity space, Sandra Haurant looks at what the sector has to offer following political change


December 2016-January 2017

Observers have often dismissed the IAS 19 accounting measure as a fi ction. But a series of tricky accounting rule changes against a background of falling bond yields and lagging investment returns have the potential to cause real mischief, discovers Stephen Bouvier


December 2016-January 2017

Although it has been a steady year for pension cases seen in the European courts, the ones that have made the headlines have been significant


December 2016-January 2017

The past year has been a busy time for the European pension fund sector. But what does the industry think has been the biggest change/development of 2016 for European pension funds?


December 2016-january 2017

Reporter Talya Misiri reflects on the biggest European pensions news stories from 2016, including Brexit, MiFID II, IORP II and more


September 2016

Chantal Thompson and Koert Bruins explore the legal challenges regarding the application of VAT to pension schemes


February/March 2016

Switzerland’s pension reform legislation is once again likely to be amended due to governmental changes. Peter Davy explores the reasons why and analyses the state of the Swiss bond market


February/March 2016

Peter Davy talks to Martin Roth, head of asset management at Pensionskasse Manor about asset strategies and the fund's alternatives portfolio


February/March 2016

Peter Davy speaks to the Swiss pension fund association ASIP's Dr. Michael Lauener about the AV2020 reforms and their impact on Swiss pension funds


February/March 2016

Nick Martindale looks at why pension scheme managers across Europe are spending more than ever on technology to meet their objectives


February/March 2016

Charlotte Moore explains how the UK has taken the most aggressive steps in tackling longevity risk and why the rest of Europe is playing catch-up


February/March 2016

Invest Europe's Dorte Hoppner explores the importance of pension fund investment within private equity, venture capital and infrastructure


February/March 2016

The high-yield bond markets have experienced a rollercoaster ride in recent times due to liquidity issues and falling prices. Sandra Haurant explores the fluctuations in this asset class and what the future has to offer


February/March 2016

Elisabeth Jeffries looks at what effects the first EU directive mandating non-financial corporate disclosures could have on European corporates and investors


February/March 2016

Lynn Strongin Dodds explains the advantages of investing in catastrophe bonds and the overall outlook for the insurance-linked securities market in 2016


February/March 2016

Edmund Tirbutt explores what this year could have in store for European pension funds and the impact of political risk


February/March 2016

Sebastian Reger examines the details of the reform of the regulatory regime for OTC derivative transactions and what pension schemes need to be doing to prepare for this


February/March 2016

As global stock markets continue to react and recoil to heavy falls, Peter Carvill lines up some investment predictions for 2016


30/03/2016

Blackrock’s transition management team in EMEA co-heads Justine Anderson and Peter Loehnert share their thoughts on the current transition management environment.


December 2015/January 2016


September 2014

Smart beta strategies have been attracting increasing attention over the past 12 to 18 months. Nadine Wojakovski asks what role they are playing in pension fund portfolios, and how the strategies are developing


September 2014

Russell Investments explains how integration of smart beta in portfolios can help to control exposures


June/July 2014

The recent European elections created much controversy, with protest parties gaining popularity and growing euro-sceptism the main theme to dominate headlines the following day. But what are the potential implications for the European pensions sector? We ask the experts for their thoughts


June/July 2014

Graham Wrightson examines the details of the PPD, particularly its ‘portability’ misnomer, and its differing impact on member states


June/July 2014

As retirement ages increase across Europe as a result of increasing longevity, Charlotte Moore explores how longer careers will affect private pension provision


June/July 2014

Adam Cadle looks at the latest financial transaction tax proposals and their predicted effects on pension funds


June/July 2014

Lynn Strongin Dodds explores why LDI activity is increasing, particularly across Northern Europe


June/July 2014

Peter Davy looks at whether Spain's second and third pillars will be invigorated as first pillar reform is implemented


June/July 2014

The sale of catastrophe bonds has reached record levels this year. Sandra Haurant finds out why this niche asset class is increasingly appealing to pension funds


June/July 2014

Several steps have been taken to simplify pension provision across Europe but the diversity of savings regimes across the continent are holding real progress back, finds Marek Handzel


June/July 2014

Francesca Fabrizi speaks to Almenni Pension Fund managing director and Icelandic Pension Funds Association chairman, Gunnar Baldvinsson, about its objectives and challenges


June/July 2014

Our panel of European pensions experts meets to discuss the big themes facing fixed income investing today – from regulation and risks to fees and the future; as well as asking where pension funds can find value in the asset class and why current market conditions could be cause for concern


June/July 2014

David Adams explores the controversy behind Germany’s decision to lower the retirement age to 63 for some citizens, and highlights the pros and cons of the new regulations


May 2014

Emma Douglas explains how separating the ‘growth’ and ‘de-risking’ elements of TDFs can improve outcomes


May 2014

Our panel of experts discusses the global equity landscape


May 2014

Sandra Haurant explains why leveraged loans have been an established investment product in the US for decades, and the role they can play within a European pension fund portfolio


May 2014

Our panel of experts discusses the big issues currently facing the Irish pensions system


May 2014

The EC had to drop funding requirements for pension funds last year after they were subjected to a heavy and sustained attack by some member states. But EIOPA is ready to take the fight to them again in its bid to impose a Solvency II-style regime on pensions, finds Marek Handzel


May 2014

Lynn Strongin Dodds explains why multi-asset class investing is gaining traction in Europe to provide stable growth with lower volatility


May 2014

The Nordics consistently rate highly for pension provision, but how are they continuing their solid performance in the current environment? Lauren Weymouth investigates


May 2014

Edmund Tirbutt explores the European pension industry’s reviews of the draft IORP II Directive, particularly its full-funding and benefit statement requirements, and the potential impact of these proposals


May 2014

Charles Prideaux explains how to hedge risk and find varied sources of return in a new landscape


May 2014

From the restructuring of the state pension system, to the implementation of auto-enrolment and the recent changes to DC pensions announced in the March Budget, the UK is seeing an overhaul of all aspects of its pensions structures. David Adams finds out more


February/March 2014

Developed markets are once again finding favour after years of growth in emerging countries has stuttered. But Lynn Strongin Dodds finds selectiveness is advisable


February/March 2014

Charlotte Moore finds that a range of factors are contributing to greater alignment of European pension systems, but there is a long way to go before the EU achieves a truly region-wide solution


February/March 2014

Not-for-profit labour market pension fund PensionDanmark is growing in terms of assets and members, and has taken a proactive approach to meeting the challenges it faces in the current market. Matt Ritchie spoke to chief executive Torben Möger Pedersen about the fund’s strategy


February/March 2014

As the number of pension schemes across European countries consolidates, Laura Blows explores why this is occurring and the benefits mergers can provide


February/March 2014

Adam Cadle speaks to Publica CEO Dieter Stohler and deputy CEO/CIO Stefan Beiner about the fund’s recent performance and its ongoing investment and de-risking strategies


February/March 2014

Adam Cadle reports on the second wave of pension reform proposals in four years for Switzerland


December 2013 - January 2014

Amidst the ECB rate cut and the Fed’s hinting at tapering, the search for yield in fixed income portfolios continues unabated, Lynn Strongin Dodds finds


December 2013 - January 2014

European Pensions currency roundtable


December 2013 - January 2014

Andrew Williams discusses the case for environmental investing and how this can benefit pension funds’ portfolios


December 2013 - January 2014

European Pensions Nordics roundtable 2013


December 2013 - January 2014

Pension funds can benefit from projects to supply and enable renewable electricity. Matt Ritchie looks at the opportunities and barriers to funds taking advantage of the electricity infrastructure landscape


December 2013 - January 2014

Steven A. Falci explains the value of investing in water equities


December 2013 - January 2014

In global surveys of the best pension systems in the world, certain countries always come out on top while others lag behind. Pádraig Floyd looks at what makes a winner and how European pension systems stack up against their international counterparts


December 2013 - January 2014

Nick Martindale looks back on all that has happened in the European pensions space in 2013


December 2013 - January 2014

Since the financial crisis, several governments have been appropriating private pension assets. Ilonka Oudenampsen looks at the latest case in Poland and what this might mean for occupational pensions across the continent


October 2013

Adam Bernstein looks at the effect of increasing longevity on pension schemes and the attempts to address this problem


October 2013

Amy Kessler explains how to address longevity risk and market risk within an established budget


October 2013

Efama recently published its ideas for a pan-European personal pension. With the low take-up of IORPs, Peter Davy examines whether cross-border personal pensions have potential


October 2013

European Pensions Infrastructure Roundtable


October 2013

Positive economic news has been coming out of Europe lately, but it is still no plain sailing, Charlotte Moore finds


October 2013

Sandra Haurant finds out why low volatility investment techniques are so attractive for pension funds and how these strategies are gaining ground


October 2013

European Pensions property roundtable


October 2013

Nadine Wojakovski looks at smart beta and compares it to active and passive investing


October 2013

David Adams reports on the Austrian pensions system’s economic, regulatory and demographic issues that need to be addressed


September 2013

Buyout volumes were disappointing in 2012, but does this mean there is no longer growth in the market? Pádraig Floyd reports


September 2013

Laura Blows speaks to Christian Dargnat, the new president of the European Fund and Asset Management Association about highlighting the important role asset management plays in society and how it needs to develop


September 2013

Peter Davy explains the reasoning behind France’s unique approach to pension reform


June 2013

Edmund Tirbutt examines the pros and cons of cross-border asset pooling and what to consider before implementation


16/07/2013

Peter Carvill explores the differing nature of default funds across Europe, and what countries can learn from each other


June 2013

European Pensions Fixed Income Roundtable


June 2013

Laura Blows finds out why UK-based Legal & General has set its sights on the Irish market


June 2013

Lynn Strongin Dodds explains where the opportunities lie for dividend investing


June 2013

Sandra Haurant explores whether regulatory changes will reduce pension funds’ take-up of interest rate swaps


June 2013

Trevor Morton looks at the controversy surrounding the Financial Transaction Tax


June 2013

David Hogarty explains why investors need to change their attitudes towards income investing


June 2013

Amy Kessler explains how pension schemes can determine the ‘correct’ level of risk through risk budgeting


June 2013

Dominic Croft explains the challenges for the Irish administrator today and the need for a robust pensions administration system


June 2013

Francesca Fabrizi speaks to secretary general and CEO of PensionsEurope Matti Leppälä about the issues facing European pensions, and the need for integration


June 2013

Some choppy waters need to be navigated, but many believe that the UK government is about to set the country back on the right course when it comes to retirement saving, finds Marek Handzel


April 2013

Our panel of experts examines the Irish pensions landscape


April 2013

The equity market presents European pension fund investors with a variety of opportunities and challenges. Our panel of experts considers the key questions around equity investing


April 2013

Robert Klein explores whether economic conditions are currently right for hedge funds to capture market upside while reducing downside


April 2013

Alistair Wilson explores how bonds can be used to capture shorter term opportunities and match cashflow requirements for pension funds


April 2013

Sandra Haurant explains how pension funds’ approaches to managing risk are changing


April 2013

The traditional debate of active versus passive is slowly turning into an active and passive approach. Ijeoma Ndukwe examines how pension funds can combine both strategies and get the best out of two management styles


April 2013

Charlotte Moore explains how the private equity industry is providing more transparency and dialogue with pension fund investors


April 2013

Amy Kessler explains how risk budgeting and longevity insurance are strategies that help to create sustainable defined benefit pension funds


April 2013

Kin Ly examines to what extent other European countries are adopting the Netherlands’ and UK’s approaches to managing longevity risk


April 2013

Peter Davy explains why pan-European pension schemes have failed to grow as expected


April 2013

Nordic pension funds continue to lead the industry with bold investment strategies to counteract regulatory changes and dysfunctional financial markets, but Marek Handzel finds out whether outside forces are dampening their enthusiasm for risk


February 2013

Interest in LDI has fallen lately, but Lynn Strongin Dodds finds that pension funds should nonetheless have an action plan ready


February 2013

Kin Ly explains how the widespread pension reforms across Europe make it the right time to focus on improving pension communication, using a multi-faceted approach


February 2013

David Adams explores how the Swiss pension system tries to keep its strengths by regulatory changes and changing investment strategies


February 2013

Times have been tough for custodians and uncertainty is set to remain for a while yet. Christine Senior explores how they are dealing with lower revenues and new regulations


February 2013

John Fitzpatrick and Amy Kessler explain the changes needed to tackle the challenge of increasing longevity


February 2013

Public pressure and the aftermath of the global financial crisis have pushed pension funds to take a closer interest in the activities of the companies in which they invest. Matt Ritchie looks at the rise of engaged investing, and how funds are using this approach to their advantage


February 2013

ERSTE senior fund manager Peter Varga explains how its ESPA BOND EMERGING MARKETS CORPORATE IG is geared towards the need for yield that is seen among institutional investors


February 2013

Laura Blows speaks to Joanne Segars about her new role as chair of PensionsEurope (formerly EFRP)


February 2013

Following reforms to Italy’s first pillar, now is the time for a greater focus on implementing more sophisticated investment solutions in the second pillar and increasing participation, finds Peter Davy


February 2013

Ilonka Oudenampsen examines what impact different legislative changes over the coming year will have on the European pensions industry


February 2013

Dan Morris finds positive signs across the investment sphere for the upcoming year


December 2012

European Pensions Currency Roundtable


December 2012

The defined benefit pension market experienced a defining moment in 2012. Pension risk transfer has now become a transatlantic trend and is increasingly accepted as a savvy, strategic choice. As the momentum builds and the market expands, firms are asking: 'Who should de-risk? How might a company determine if pension risk transfer is the right choice?'


December 2012

Lynn Strongin Dodds finds out how the securities market is developing and benefitting from the current low yield environment


December 2012

Sally Ling explores whether longevity risk can be managed by becoming a tradeable asset


December 2012

Ilonka Oudenampsen speaks to Belgian Association of Pension Funds chairman Philip Neyt about the revision of the IORP Directive and what impacts a Solvency II framework would have on the Belgian pension system


December 2012

European Pensions Nordics Roundtable


December 2012

David Adams explains how European pension funds are utilising cash for their investment portfolios


December 2012

The IORP II impact study was supposed to provide a platform that would allay fears surrounding its introduction. But it has failed to reassure its most important participants, finds Marek Handzel


December 2012

Pádraig Floyd reports on central European governments’ raiding of the second pillar and the subsequent effects this has for overall pension provision


October 2012

More European pension schemes are recognising the value of fiduciary management as it adapts to trustee concerns and market conditions, finds Amanda Leek


October 2012

Lynn Strongin-Dodds explains how market conditions may once again be right for minimum variance strategies to increase in popularity for investors


October 2012

Nick Martindale explores how various European countries are adapting their at-retirement provisions in the face of economic and longevity challenges


October 2012

The current state of the equity market means the time should be right to implement an unconstrained investment approach, Peter Carvill finds


October 2012

Richard Ryan explains what to consider to reduce risk when investing in fixed income


October 2012

David Adams explores the differing levels of implementing ETFs by pension schemes across Europe


October 2012

Francesca Fabrizi asks ATP CEO Lars Rohde and NOW:Pensions CEO Morten Nilsson about their success in both Denmark and now the UK


October 2012

Peter Davy explores Spain’s struggle with retaining its generous pension system


September 2012

After a tough period following the financial crisis, it appears REITs are now back in favour, Nadine Wojakovski finds


September 2012

Ijeoma Ndukwe looks into what consequences the revised IAS19 will have on different countries


September 2012

Peter Carvill examines how the hedge fund industry has become more transparent to meet institutional investors’ demands


September 2012

European Pensions Property Roundtable


September 2012

Marek Handzel explores whether the IORP Directive may shake pension funds’ increasing investment in infrastructure


September 2012

Ilonka Oudenampsen explores how the Dutch are haunted by their pension legacy issues


September 2012

Ilonka Oudenampsen speaks to Austrian Association of Pension Funds’ Michael Reiner about the new legislative changes and how this will positively impact future growth of the pension system


September 2012

David Adams examines where the next ‘big’ European markets could be for the buyout and buy-in industry


September 2012

At a time when European governments are implementing austerity measures and raising their state pension ages in the face of increasing longevity, France is doing the exact opposite by decreasing its state pension age from 62 to 60. Adam Cadle explores the impact of this unusual decision


September 2012

Amy Kessler discusses why North American plan sponsors are taking bold steps to de-risk corporate pension funds


June 2012

Nick Martindale casts an eye over the UK’s plans to require employers to automatically enrol staff into workplace pension schemes


June 2012

Charlotte Moore provides an overview of how the structures of European pension schemes are changing


June 2012

Jaroslaw Adamowski explains the current upheavals to the Polish pension system


June 2012

Ilonka Oudenampsen explores how companies are trying to encourage the growth of Germany’s under-developed second pillar


June 2012

Christine Senior explains how pension funds are turning to interest rate swaps to hedge out interest rate risk


June 2012

Adam Cadle looks at how a multi-asset approach can enhance returns when investing in emerging markets


April 2012

Amy Kessler explains how UK pension schemes’ focus on longevity is influencing US plan sponsors


April 2012

Richard Shields provides details of the Irish Infrastructure Fund, a three way partnership between NPRF, AMP Capital, and Irish Life Investment Managers


April 2012

Lynn Strongin Dodds explains why institutional investors should be increasing their attention towards alternatively weighted indices


April 2012

Philip Lawlor explains how alternatively-weighted indices have come a long way and are increasingly being utilised as a way to complement traditional market-cap weighted indices in the passive investment arena


April 2012

Adam Cadle analyses the Belgian pension reforms sweeping across the country and what these mean for the population


April 2012

Marek Handzel explores how persistent low interest rates and uncertainties over Solvency II have forced a reassessment of Nordic pension fund investment strategies


April 2012

The review of the IORP Directive has dominated discussions throughout the industry in recent months. Christine Senior asks what the implications of the process are for the development of pan-European pensions


January/February 2012

A stronger focus in pension communications has led to a new approach. Ijeoma Ndukwe explores the latest tools used to engage members of pension schemes


January/February 2012

Christine Senior explains how custodians are providing an expanded range of services to pension funds


January/February 2012

Lynn Strongin Dodds examines whether the availability of Shariah compliant products is gathering pace in Europe, or if the UK looks unchallenged as the centre of European Islamic finance


January/February 2012

Activity in the private equity space dropped off sharply in the second half of last year. Matt Ritchie looks at the current landscape and the road ahead


January/February 2012

Laura Blows explores whether the increased calls for shareholders to keep their companies in check has resulted in pension funds becoming more engaged investors


January/February 2012

As the doors open to 2012, the challenges facing pension plan sponsors and trustees remain significant. We ask Yvan Legris, CEO of Aon Hewitt in EMEA, for his thoughts on the key themes for the new year


January/February 2012

Bernard Delbecque warns of the potential limitations from the European Commission’s review of the IORP Directive


January/February 2012

Peter Davy discusses the dramatic reforms being made to the Italian state pension and the country’s reluctance to increase occupational pension provision


January/February 2012

Adam Cadle reports on the current state of the Swiss pension market and provides an outlook for 2012


January/February 2012

Ilonka Oudenampsen explores pensions funds’ fears concerning upcoming European regulations, particularly the IORP Directive and Solvency II


January/February 2012

Nadine Wojakovski discovers how LDI strategies are changing to better suit the requirements of pension schemes


November/December 2011

European Pensions Currency Roundtable


November/December 2011

Peter Carvill explains how pension funds can take part in class actions and whether such cases will arrive in Europe


November/December 2011

Adam Cadle examines the different tools available to manage longevity risk and how continental European pension plans can learn from the UK


November/December 2011

European Pensions Property Roundtable


November/December 2011

Lynn Strongin Dodds explores what’s happening in pension insurance, from the impact of Solvency II to the buy-in and buyout markets


November/December 2011

Sandra Haurant examines what’s happening in the no-longer-predictable arena of fixed income


November/December 2011

Ilonka Oudenampsen meets with the EFRP’s Chris Verhaegen and Matti Leppälä to discuss the importance of occupational pensions and the EFRP’s plans for the near future


November/December 2011

Robert Hayes explains the ways pension funds can hedge against inflation


November/December 2011

Andrew Baker explains why institutional investors are increasing their allocations to hedge funds


November/December 2011

At the time of writing and surely also at the time of publication, Greece is in terrible economic, financial and political trouble


November/December 2011

Ilonka Oudenampsen explains the unique aspects of Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global


November/December 2011

Peter Davy explores the impact of the regulations against short selling and securities lending


October 2011

Our panel of experts assesses the landscape for infrastructure as an asset class, and the way it may develop into the future


October 2011

Sandra Haurant explores the benefits delegating to a fiduciary manager can provide for trustees



October 2011

In the aftermath of the UBS loss, Peter Davy questions what impact it is set to
have on the perception of ETFs


October 2011

Lynn Strongin Dodds explains how ESG frameworks are evolving within European pension funds' investment strategies


October 2011

Christine Senior explains the reasons for investing in managed accounts


October 2011

Ilonka Oudenampsen explains the varying definitions of multi-management and the benefits it provides for investment diversification


October 2011

Matt Ritchie asks what impact austerity measures in Spain and Portugal will have on private pensions


October 2011

Peter Davy explains the challenges Austria faces in building its second pillar for pension provision


October 2011

Stefan Giesecke comments on the state of play in the German pensions market


October 2011

David Adams explores whether the IORP Directive is increasing the take up of international pensions


September 2011

Given the long-term nature of this asset class, pension funds seem like the most natural investors for infrastructure. Ijeoma Ndukwe examines the pros and
cons of infrastructure in a pension fund portfolio


September 2011

Our panel of experts highlights the challenges facing Nordic pension schemes and how they are overcoming them


September 2011

Laura Blows examines the growing interest in data quality for pension scheme administration and the tools helping to achieve this


September 2011

Matt Ritchie explores how Ucits funds are developing and what their influence is on alternative investment strategies


September 2011

REITs were on the cusp of gaining strong momentum among European investors until the financial crisis got in the way. Francesca Fabrizi asks what now?


September 2011

Trustees and finance directors in the UK have been battling with conflicts of interest for a number of years; so how does the rest of Europe compare? Christine Senior finds out


September 2011

Germany is taking much needed steps to strengthen its retirement provision, explains Dr. Klaus Mössle


September 2011

Adam Cadle looks at how the French state pension reforms will affect employees


September 2011

Ilonka Oudenampsen explains why recently announced pension reform plans in the Netherlands have come under fire


September 2011

David Adams explains the role the employer covenant plays in the UK and how the relationship between scheme and sponsor is managed elsewhere in Europe


06/07/2011

Ilonka Oudenampsen looks at how investors are tackling ESG issues as Africa attracts increasing attention


23/6/2011

Our panel of experts highlights the opportunities and risks of investing in the fixed income space today


May/June 2011

Ilonka Oudenampsen reports on how global events have impacted returns in the commodities space


May/June 2011

Christine Senior explores how fiduciary management is evolving into a flexible, modular solution for pension funds


May/June 2011

Fiduciary managers need to adapt to a rapidly evolving Dutch pensions landscape


May/June 2011

European Pensions' panel of experts reflect on the challenges facing Irish pension funds today


May/June 2011

Peter Davy reports on the recent efforts to reform the OTC derivatives market


May/June 2011

Michael Davie sheds some light on the role clearing houses play in the risk management process


May/June 2011

Dave Adams asks what emerging market smaller companies can bring to a portfolio


May/June 2011

Nick Martindale looks at what the sweeping changes in the UK pensions system could mean for the industry as a whole


May/June 2011

Pete Davy asks what Germany is doing to address the challenges of its ageing population


May/June 2011

Christopher Andrews offers an update on the less than smooth road towards cross-border pensions utopia


March/April 2011

European Pensions Equities Roundtable


March/April 2011

Matthew Botein asks how pension funds can protect against alternative investment risk


March/April 2011

Nick Martindale highlights the key points trustees need to bear in mind when making any changes to their investment management process


March/April 2011

James Kavanagh explains why there is a need for trustees of Irish pension schemes to take a fresh approach


March/April 2011

Laura Blows explores whether technology is being embraced – and in what ways – in order to help improve scheme governance


March/April 2011

Christine Senior explains how recent technology has opened up new ways of potentially improving member communication


March/April 2011

The trend towards passive investment has gained traction since the financial crisis but index providers have been anything but staid.
Lynn Strongin Dodds reports


March/April 2011

Over three years after Italy’s reform of the second pillar, why has such limited progress been made, and what are the obstacles that need to be overcome? Gabriella Franco finds out


March/April 2011

John Barakat argues the case for commercial mortgage debt in today's economic environment


March/April 2011

Chris Jones, CIO at Key Asset Management, paints a positive picture of the hedge fund space today, and highlights which strategies are likely to DO well in the current economic environment


March/April 2011

Rachel Mallon asks what a new Government in Ireland might mean for the future of pension provision


March/April 2011

Stuart Mitchell explains how the German recovery could mean there’s light at the end of the tunnel for Europe’s economic stability


March/April 2011

Christopher Andrews explains why reactions to the Swiss government’s pension reform plans haven’t been as positive as originally hoped


March/April 2011

Ilonka Oudenampsen asks how far pan-European pensions have come


March/April 2011

Anna Rogers and Nick Roessler give an Anglo-German perspective on the ECJ ruling in the Test-Achats case and asses its potential impact on occupational pension schemes


March/April 2011

Ilonka Oudenampsen asks Xander den Uyl how ABP has managed through the recent economic turmoil


March/April 2011

James Walsh, Senior Policy Adviser, workplace pensions at the UK’s National Association of Pension Funds explains why 2011 is shaping up as the year in which EU pensions policy will take huge steps forward


November/December 2010

Anne Koeman highlights the opportunities the European property investment landscape has to offer following the financial crisis


November/December 2010

The concept of liability driven investment (LDI) has come a long way. Nadine Wojakowski reflects on the various investment strategies being utilised in the LDI space today


November/December 2010

Ilonka Oudenampsen on why now could be a good time for considering hedge funds as part of your investment portfolio


November/December 2010

Lynn Strongin Dodds looks at the role low volatility equities can play in European pension schemes in today’s uncertain marketplace


November/December 2010

A recent study has highlighted that, while the concept of class actions is gaining ground among pension funds, many across Continental Europe and the UK are still losing out by not claiming what is rightfully theirs. Dave Adams asks why


November/December 2010

Christopher Andrews explains why Italy has a long way to go if it is to re-build any confidence in the idea of a much-needed new approach to pension provision


November/December 2010

Ilonka Oudenampsen looks at how one of the most sophisticated European pensions markets is coping with the volatile environment


November/December 2010

Christine Senior asks what options are available for employers looking to meet the needs of their globally mobile employees


July / August 2010

Peter Davy asks whether the financial crisis has exacerbated the problem of conflicts of interest


July / August 2010

Nick Martindale explores how SRI has developed into more than just a matter of conscience


July / August 2010

Christine Senior asks how pension funds can make the most of what emerging markets have to offer


July / August 2010

Paul Burgin reviews what governments across Europe are doing to address pension shortfalls


July / Aug 2010

Dorothee Gnaedinger asks what imminent pensions reform might mean for French citizens



Jan / Feb 2010

Peter Davy explains why growth in Shariah finance has been slower than otherwise expected


Jan / Feb 2010

Gerald Moritz offers an update on the Austrian pensions landscape


Jan / Feb 2010

Dorothee Gnaedinger asks how German pension funds have managed the crisis


Nov / Dec 2009

"Pension risk management" and "pan-European pensions" are two of the key phrases in any international benefits consultant's current armoury. Paul Bonser and Matt Wilmington look at combining the two


Nov / Dec 2009

Lynn Strongin Dodds explains why investors should be taking a less constrained approach towards equities


Jul / Aug 2009

The panel discuss the hot topics surrounding Socially Responsible Investment in today's market


Jul / Aug 2009

Christine Senior asks whether the market is abandoning securities lending


Sept/Oct 2009

More pension funds than ever are reaping the rewards following class actions, says Christopher Andrews


Sept / Oct 2009

With financial risks and regulatory challenges having intensified as the global economic crisis has unfolded, European Member States are working together to protect members' benefits


Sept / Oct 2009

Gavin Watkins and Reiner Schwinger explain why any multi-national considering establishing a PK or PF should consider the alternative of a cross border pension plan


Sept / Oct 2009

Christine Senior explains why new fiduciary management offerings are providing a welcome relief to pension fund boards across Europe, and which countries are leading the way





































































































































































































































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