As one commentator points out in this issue, Dutch pension funds were regarded as high performance cars in the early 1990s. High equity allocations and a cash-flow positive status meant many enjoyed years of good returns in the 1980s and 90s, riding the heights of the equity bull market and barely scathed by the 1987 crash. Perceived as ‘rich’, by politicians, they could be taxed and any remaining surplus distributed to employers.
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