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Letter from Brussels: Brexit and equivalence

April 2017 (Magazine)By Jeremy Woolfe

Nothing could be clearer. For the financial sector, at least, there is nothing to fear from Brexit. All the UK has to do is to apply to the EU’s rules – the crucial term ‘equivalence’

Letter from Brussels: Resaver’s first stage kicks off

March 2017 (Magazine)By Jeremy Woolfe

The European Commission’s project to set up a pension scheme for research and development professionals whose careers take them across EU borders has finally reached its first stages of operation.

Letter from Brussels: Unclear on clearance

February 2017 (Magazine)By Jeremy Woolfe

The prolongation for 18 months of pension funds’ exemption from posting collateral when trading over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives is leading PensionsEurope to seek clarification. 

Letter from Brussels: EU focus on tax tricks

January 2017 (Magazine)By Jeremy Woolfe

There is increasing attention in Brussels on company reporting, taxation and offshore financial centres. The G20 and some OECD countries have demanded country-by-country reporting rules for multinational companies with a turnover over €750m

Letter from Brussels: Pan-EU private schemes for 2017?

November 2016 (Magazine)By Jeremy Woolfe

Legislation proposing pan-EU personal pension products (PEPPs) could be tabled in 2017, according to the European Commission

Letter from Brussels: A vision for cross-border workers

October 2016 (Magazine)By Jeremy Woolfe

A former director of the European Association of Paritarian Institutions (AEIP) has proposed a new option for occupational pensions that could help the large number of workers whose careers take them across EU internal borders.

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Joseph Mariathasan: Strategy selection vs manager selection

Mon, 10 Apr 2017By

Picking the right approach to global equities can prove more valuable to selecting managers

Long Term Matters: Disrupting CEO pay

April 2017 (Magazine)By Raj Thamotheram

The former CEO of the Investment Association, the trade body that represents UK investment managers, has made a disruptive proposal on CEO pay

Guest Viewpoint: Philip Shier - Society of Actuaries in Ireland

April 2017 (Magazine)

One of the objectives of the European Commission in the revision of the IORP Directive was to enhance the information provided to prospective members, members and beneficiaries of IORPs

Diary of an Investor: Reading the coffee grains

April 2017 (Magazine)By Pieter Mullen

Can you guess the topic of discussion of the latest Wasserdicht global investment committee? You probably can: it was political risk

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Letter from the US: Further uncertainty

April 2017 (Magazine)By Maria Teresa Cometto

The US retirement industry faces uncertain times after the Department of Labor decided in March to delay by 60 days the implementation of the so-called fiduciary rule. But many companies have already executed the new rule, and will not go back

Letter from the US: Boomer balancing act

March 2017 (Magazine)By Maria Teresa Cometto

In the US, the oldest baby boomers recently turned 70. That is also a turning point for the US pensions industry. In fact, Americans at that age have to start withdrawing from tax-deferred savings plans, or face a penalty

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Letter from the US: Irresistible incentives?

February 2017 (Magazine)By Maria Teresa Cometto

Global pension funds are looking with interest at the $1trn (€960bn) Trump Private Sector Financing Plan for infrastructure construction. It could offer an opportunity for investors seeking stable, cash-generating investments.

Letter from the US: Investors adjust to Trump

January 2017 (Magazine)By Maria Teresa Cometto

Are financial markets too optimistic about the impact of Donald Trump’s administration? That is a big unanswered question in the aftermath of his surprise victory in the presidential election

Letter from the US: State boost to pensions

December 2016 (Magazine)By Maria Teresa Cometto

Next year will start with a new initiative in the US pension fund industry – the launch of the first retirement savings plan created by a state for private-sector employees. Washington State is the pioneer with its Small Business Retirement Savings Marketplace, and it will be followed by other states.

Letter from the US: Endowment rethink

November 2016 (Magazine)By Maria Teresa Cometto

Should other university endowments follow the Yale model or is it time to rethink how they invest and take a simpler approach, such as an indexed 60/40 portfolio? That is the big question for NP ‘Narv’ Narvekar, who becomes the CEO of Harvard Management Company (HMC) in December. 

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