Archive Features

Whilst the German Pensions Commission’s report is still warm from the press,
its recommendations have provided less of a splash than many had hoped and
could face further limits in the midst of Covid-19
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Francesca Fabrizi explores how Nordic pension funds,often regarded as leading lights in the European pensions space, are handling the current crisis
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Duncan Ferris examines pension scams, looking at how scams can affect the industry, what professionals can do to prepare, and whether the global pandemic is being exploited by criminals looking to pilfer pension pots
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Many view Europe as the forerunner in adopting environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles into the pension and investment industries. Jack Grey investigates what can still be improved despite recent progress
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Whether welcome or not, currency exposure is a guarantee for any pension scheme with international investment exposure. Natalie Tuck looks at how Europe’s pension funds can take advantage of it and minimise the risks associated with such exposure
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Over the past decade, ‘socially responsible’ investing has become a key objective of pension funds globally. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk ratings have enabled investors to incorporate ‘non-tangible’ information about a company, such as their environmental and employee welfare policies, into their investment decisions
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In these extraordinary times, with an unprecedented pandemic holding the world to ransom, we believe the investment potential in Chinese equities remains nevertheless… extraordinary
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Francesca Fabrizi looks at why China could offer some promising investment opportunities for European pension funds in the long term, despite all the current doom and gloom
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Whilst the reporting of cyber security attacks remains low amongst pension schemes, the risks are increasing. Natalie Tuck reports on how pension schemes can protect against this threat
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Europe’s pension funds are becoming more involved in class actions worldwide, tempted by law firms offering lucrative yields in return for a share of the winnings. Natalie Tuck reports
 November 2019
Geographically speaking Luxembourg is a tiny country in Europe, but it has a successful funds industry. Duncan Ferris speaks to Association of Luxembourg Fund Industries (ALFI) director general, Camille Thommes, about its goals for
2020, and why it’s so invested in the pan-European personal pension product
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Ireland’s pension system is primed for a wave of proposed reforms, including the introduction of auto-enrolment. But for now, the country awaits the outcome of a general election in February
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Are cracks appearing in the traditional first and second pillar pension system models across Europe?
 November 2019
Frontier markets may be more volatile than emerging markets, but there are some rising stars that may have the same potential as the ASEAN Tigers
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Mitigating risk
BNP Paribas Asset Management’s head of pension solutions, Julien Halfon, discusses equity hedging with Laura Blows

Europe’s pensions challenges
Francesca Fabrizi meets Matti Leppälä, Secretary General and CEO of PensionsEurope, to discuss the key aims and objectives of the association today.