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Thursday 27 April 2017



PensionsEurope criticises pensions research for comparing ‘apples and pears’

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

Over 50% of Irish workers lack a company pension scheme offering

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

Coverage ratios of Dutch funds increase in Q1

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

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UK PM calls snap General Election for 8 June

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”

Malta to benefit from hard Brexit, research finds

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

Dutch pension fund UWV selects Kempen as fiduciary manager

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

Joanne Segars to step down from PensionsEurope

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

Norwegian govt pension fund returns 3.8% in Q1

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

Dutch advisory body advocates individual pension pots

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

Irish managed pension funds return 0.9% in March

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

Latest Features

A year in European pensions

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

Pensions in court: A legal update

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

On the up?

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

Against the norm

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

The Finnish approach

Adam Cadle speaks to Finnish pension fund Keva’s investment team and director of

finance Allan Paldanius about its structure and investment strategy

IORP II comes to a good closure

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


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?

Challenging times for FDs

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

Leading the way

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

Still better together?

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

A portfolio of success

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

Fixed income focus: Navigating a changing world

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

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