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Wednesday 16 August 2017


Poor food safety standards put pension funds at risk, report warns

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

Slow uptake of Dutch variable annuities

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

Pensioners seek temporary injunction against Dutch agriculture scheme

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

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Irish minister hints at state pension rise in next budget

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

European Commission concerned over Poland's retirement age plans

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

DNB scheme focuses on covering liabilities

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

Cross-border pension contracts at risk due to Brexit, ABI warns

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

EIOPA consults on plans to streamline pensions reporting

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

Average coverage ratio of Dutch funds increases, but 37% of funds still below legal minimum

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)

Irish Pensions Awards 2017 deadline extended

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

Latest Features

Happy 10th Anniversary European Pensions Awards

A look back at 10 years of the European Pensions Awards, and the industry changes that have occurred over the past decade

Ahead of the game

With the introduction of the GDPR fast approaching, Talya Misiri discusses the key elements of the regulation, what trustees will need to do to prepare their data and the consequences of non-compliance

Extra luck needed?

Adam Cadle looks at the struggle to resolve the debate between the Irish government and public-sector trade unions over pension contributions

Successful operations

Adam Cadle speaks to Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland director of human

resources Barry Holmes about the association’s pension scheme and the

challenges and investment decisions it has faced recently

A smart move

Sandra Haurant explores why European pension schemes are increasingly turning to smart beta investment

Wide awake

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

Risk-free Europe

With growing numbers of those managing pension funds looking to de-risk their legacy defined-benefit schemes, Stephen Bouvier explores the trends with four leading investment specialists

Playing catch up

UK retirement savers are targeted by scammers in many ways, particularly since the introduction of pension freedoms. But are the authorities getting any closer

to shutting out the fraudsters?

Thought for the day

Adam Cadle quizzes Irish Association of Pension Funds director of policy Jerry Moriarty about the Irish pensions landscape

Challenging change

Peter Davy explains the potential reforms to the French pensions system and the issues these proposals face

To hedge, or not to hedge?

Lynn Strongin Dodds explores European pension schemes’ relationships with hedge fund investment

Latest News Headlines
Adam Cadle provides a summary of the big European pensions stories to have hit the headlines this month
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