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Dutch regulator conducts survey on effects of new financial assessment framework
Pension fund for Dutch media industry to introduce DC arrangements to attract new members
Actuarial association, environmental groups call for changes to revised IORP Directive ahead of vote by parliamentary committee
Risk priced into emerging markets but not Western investments, managers argue
Pensions minister pledges to work with Finance Ministry to offer attractive environment
Top pension funds outline views on market liquidity retreat
Tim Jones says UK must ‘engineer’ policy only after it has seen impact of targeted 8% contribution rate in 2018
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Three pension funds share their views on the outlook for 2016
Osvaldo Marinig, chairman of Fondo Pensione Priamo, talks to IPE about how it is building a new asset allocation to manage its high rate of maturity
Many companies with strong balance sheets are using that position to bolster weak income statements
Carolyn Campbell describes how Africa’s expanding middle class, rising GDP and government policies are fuelling opportunities for private equity
The UK government is mulling over a massive shake-up of pensions tax relief in a bid to incentivise retirement savings
In the early years of the past decade, hedge fund managers dazzled pension funds and their advisers with promises of uncorrelated absolute returns. The narrative was that conservative and stuffy pension funds were too focused on peer group and relative performance and missing out on the action that endowments and other more sophisticated investors were enjoying through hedge funds and other alternative investments.
IORP II may have cleared the European Parliament’s committee stage but amendments tabled to the second directive covering occupational pensions since 2003 are so radical that it would be unwise to forecast its future.
Niki Natarajan reports on how hedge funds are using onshore vehicles to replicate the returns of the offshore market. Are these a way of making investment in hedge funds easier or simply another risky alternative?
Joseph Mariathasan looks at why investing in the hedge fund market is still contentious for many pension funds, even in the current low-interest-rate environment. Is it the fee structures or the economic uncertainity that drives this caution?
The Action Plan for a Capital Markets Union, recently published by the European Commission, is both ambitious and sensible
Last month I was over in London for a short business trip to visit some credit managers. Before I headed back to the airport I meet up with Thijs, a good friend of mine. Thijs recently moved from his role as CIO of one of the large industry funds in the Netherlands to a big corporate pension fund in the UK.
It is early days for the UK’s new pension regime under which DC savers no longer have to buy an annuity. However, there are already lessons to be learned from the reforms.
My friends at BIG Asset Management are here for one of their regular client visits. At Wasserdicht we don’t do lunches and the format is the traditional Dutch one, with rolls and buttermilk.