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Saturday 23 March 2019


Standard Life to move over €19bn in assets to Ireland

Standard Life International has been given final approval by an Edinburgh court for the transfer of almost €19bn in assets to Ireland, as it aims to avail EU passporting rights for 600,000 Irish, German and Austrian Standard Life customer policies post Brexit

Swedish govt fund approves managers for emerging markets

Sweden’s Första AP-fonden (AP1) has approved 14 managers in a decision regarding the procurement of investment management services for equities in global emerging markets

OECD: 40% willing to pay more tax to receive better pensions

An OECD survey on taxation and public services has revealed that almost 40 per cent would be willing to pay an extra 2 per cent of their own income to receive better pensions and health care

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Budget 2019 increase will benefit 1.5 million people in Ireland

Increases worth €362m will be applied to pensions and weekly social welfare schemes in Ireland next week, bringing the total social welfare spend to €20.5bn

Norway’s govt pension fund publishes extended risk information after weak year

Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), manager of Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global, has published extended information on the return and risk of the fund, after returning -9.5 per cent on equities

Folksam invests in bonds to reduce food waste

The Swedish Folksam Group, including KPA Pension, has invested $300m in a World Bank bond which aims to reduce food waste globally

Pension fund members set to vote over DIP and JØP merger

Members of Danish pension funds DIP and JØP will vote over a possible merger after years of negotiating the terms

Low birth rates could complicate future pensions in Finland

The low birth rates in Finland will in the long run cause a “pronounced pressure” to raise the contribution rate after 2050, according to the Finnish Centre for Pensions (ETK)

Investors file $475m lawsuit against Danske Bank

Institutional investors are suing Danske Bank for $475m in damages for losses, following the money laundering scandal which has surrounded the bank the past months

ABP criticises sustainability report for being ‘one-sided’

ABP, the Dutch government and education pension fund, has criticised the new Fair Pension Label (Eerlijk Pensioen Label, EPL) for presenting a one-sided image of sustainability policies in the industry

Latest Features

Getting flexible

The linear career path that ends in a cliff-edge retirement is going the same

way as the dodo. But are governments, employers and savers getting ready for

a new age of flexible retirement quickly enough?

Pensions in 2019

With new legislations, investment themes and opportunities, Sunniva Kolostyak takes a look at what 2019 will bring for the pensions industry in Europe


A drift towards personalisation may result in very different second pillar provision in the future

Putting ESG on the bloc

With the European Union making plans to position itself at the centre of the sustainable finance revolution, Elizabeth Pfeuti looks at which countries are the leaders and laggards of ESG investing across Europe, and beyond

Seas of possibilities

Sunniva Kolostyak explores the elements of cross-border pension funds and the challenges that need to be overcome to create better solutions across European

state borders

Stepping stones

Young people want to know that their retirement savings are invested in an ethical manner and that their funds are making a difference. How can pension funds make their shareholder activism work effectively, and how can they promote these efforts to members?

All smoke, no fire

German politicians have spent much of the past 20 years trying to improve the coverage and sustainability of the country’s pensions system. David Adams

reports on the latest attempts at and suggestions for reform

A commitment to leading

Sunniva Kolostyak speaks to KLP’s CFO Aage Schaanning about new regulations for public-sector occupational pensions, interacting with its members and its dedication to creating a sustainable economy and society

Here to stay

Ophélie Mortier explains how sustainable investments will continue to make their mark in 2019

Pushing for change

As the representative of occupational pension schemes in Switzerland, ASIP stands in the middle of a welfare system in transition. Sunniva Kolostyak talks to the association’s scientific assistant Michael Lauener about reforms, lawmaking and the origins of pensions

A volatile ride

Despite a buoyant 2017 for emerging markets, last year saw the sector underwhelm. Sandra Haurant explores why this occurred and whether its fortunes will change for 2019

Struggling to fly

Despite its current top billing in the world’s pensions rankings, the Dutch pension industry is facing challenges and calls to ‘futureproof’ the system. The difficulty is determining how this should be achieved. Elizabeth Pfeuti finds out more

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