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Letter from Brussels

EU seeks to avert Brexit arbitrage

June 2017 (Magazine)By Jeremy Woolfe

Strong words on Brexit are flying in political circles. But behind the theatre, concerns about the future of London’s fund management sector are emerging

Letter from Brussels: A warm reception for PEPP

May 2017 (Magazine)By Jeremy Woolfe

In contrast to complaints that Brussels’s legislation burdens the financial sector, the European Commission may be gratified by the positive response to its flagship Capital Markets Union (CMU) programme. 

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

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Climate change: Incentives are the way forward

June 2017 (Magazine)By Raj Thamotheram, Carolyn Hayman

Generally missing from the discussion on climate change is an identification of the incentives that can drive change

Guest Viewpoint: Avida International

June 2017 (Magazine)

“Fiduciary management has turned into a sophisticated exercise of managing increasingly complex investment value chains” 

Guest viewpoint: Francesco Briganti, EBWI Employee Benefits and Welfare Institute

May 2017 (Magazine)

It is widely known that EIOPA is studying the possibility of a new EU legal framework for a pan-European occupational defined contribution pension regime

Diary of an Investor: Looking the part

May 2017 (Magazine)By Pieter Mullen

We at Wasserdicht Pension Funds have been using BIG Asset Management for what seems like an eternity. I have learned two things about BIG over the years

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High fees but strong returns

June 2017 (Magazine)By Maria Teresa Cometto

Some US pension funds say they may be paying too much for their investments in private equity and are seeking different approaches

verizon undertook a pension buyout totalling usd8bn in 2012

Letter from the US: Risk transfer hots up

May 2017 (Magazine)By Maria Teresa Cometto

With interest rates rising, the US pension risk transfer market is expected to grow substantially

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

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