Carolyn Bandel

  • Management fees predicted to shift downwards
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    Management fees predicted to shift downwards

    2009-02-20T16:00:00

    [17:00 CET 20-02] GLOBAL – Pension consultant Mercer predicts asset managers will show greater willingness to negotiate fees downwards this year and beyond, under pressure from the economic downturn.

  • Hermes to unveil new governance charter
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    Hermes to unveil new governance charter

    2009-02-20T15:55:00

    [16:55 CET 20-02] UK – BT pension fund-owned Hermes Equity Ownership Services (EOS) is about to launch its rewritten corporate governance charter – ‘The Hermes Principles’ – later this month, IPE has learnt.

  • Scheme seeks high yield US debt manager
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    Scheme seeks high yield US debt manager

    2009-02-20T15:55:00

    [16:55 CET 20-02] NETHERLANDS – A Dutch pension fund is looking for an external managers to manage a $100m (€79.3m) USA high yield debt mandate, using IPE Quest.

  • Dutch government eyes more recovery time
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    Dutch government eyes more recovery time

    2009-02-20T15:50:00

    [16:50 CET 20-02] NETHERLANDS – Piet Hein Donner, the Dutch pensions minister, is today expected to tell the Dutch cabinet pension funds should be granted a recovery period of five instead of three years, IPE understands.

  • PPF succumbs to pressure for levy deferral
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    PPF succumbs to pressure for levy deferral

    2009-02-20T15:50:00

    [16:50 CET 20-02] UK – The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) today confirmed it may allow companies to defer risk-based levy payments if they are struggling, after a week of pressure form industry bodies.

  • Belgian funds lost 25% in 2008 – Mercer
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    Belgian funds lost 25% in 2008 – Mercer

    2009-02-20T15:45:00

    BELGIUM – Belgian pension funds delivered median returns of minus 25,2% over the year 2008, according to pension consultant Mercer’s Brussels office

  • Fund managers lighten up on economy
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    Fund managers lighten up on economy

    2009-02-19T16:10:00

    [17:10 19-02] GLOBAL – Investors are at their most hopeful about the year ahead since the credit crunch took hold in July 2007, according to the latest fund manager survey by asset manager Merrill Lynch.

  • French supreme court acts on pensions rebates (amended)
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    French supreme court acts on pensions rebates (amended)

    2009-02-19T16:10:00

    [17:10 CET 19-02] NETHERLANDS – Dutch pension funds are set to receive a dividend tax refund from the French tax office, matching a similar ruling issued in the Netherlands for European schemes last month.

  • Chapter 11 Sea Containers supports UK funds
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    Chapter 11 Sea Containers supports UK funds

    2009-02-18T13:32:00

    [15:55 CET 18-02] UK – Sea Containers has said it has made financial support arrangements for two of its UK group pension schemes, as part of the company’s attempt to exit its Chapter 11 proceedings.

  • Wednesday people roundup
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    Wednesday people roundup

    2009-02-18T12:17:00

    [14:23 CET 18-02] GLOBAL – Mercer, Mineworkers' Pension Scheme, tPR, Insight Investment, GAD, LaSalle, Aon, Fortis, Dalriada, Schroders, Investment Solutions.

  • Dutch Merchant Navy signs administrator
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    Dutch Merchant Navy signs administrator

    2009-02-17T15:30:00

    [16:30 CET 17-02] NETHERLANDS – The €3bn occupational pension fund for the Dutch merchant navy (Bedrijfspensioenfonds voor de Koopvaardij) has appointed its fiduciary manager Mn Services to also act as its pension administrator.

  • More scaling back at loss-making Aegon
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    More scaling back at loss-making Aegon

    2009-02-17T15:15:00

    [16:15 CET 17-02] NETHERLANDS – Dutch life insurance, pensions and investments giant Aegon today revealed the firm lost €1.2bn in Q4 2008 and is now planning redundancies.

  • 2008 was a bad year for pressured hedge funds
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    2008 was a bad year for pressured hedge funds

    2009-02-17T14:15:00

    [15:15 CET 17-02] GLOBAL – Almost all hedge fund strategies posted their worst losses in 2008, according to a report by French business school Edhec.

  • Funds review diversification and management
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    Funds review diversification and management

    2009-02-16T16:00:00

    [17:00 CET 16-02] GLOBAL – Opinion polls suggest pension fund managers globally are questioning the use of diversification, just as funds are re-evaluating their investment management policy.

  • TNT fund in the red
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    TNT fund in the red

    2009-02-16T15:55:00

    [16:55 CET 16-02] NETHERLANDS – The pension fund of Dutch postal firm TNT has become the latest scheme to blame falling interest rates for much of its new underfunded status.

  • Pension consultants plead for levy amnesty
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    Pension consultants plead for levy amnesty

    2009-02-16T15:50:00

    [16:50 CET 16-02] UK – The UK Society of Pension Consultants has claimed the UK government should grant pension schemes of companies which are in financial distress temporary amnesty from PPF levies, to enable corporate sponsors to continue their defined benefit scheme.

  • PPF guides trustees on entering lifeboat scheme
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    PPF guides trustees on entering lifeboat scheme

    2009-02-12T15:00:00

    [16:00 CET 12-02] UK – As more pension scheme sponsors threaten to go bust, the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has published guidance to help trustees through the UK lifeboat scheme’s assessment period.

  • Climate change impacts asset allocation – CDP
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    Climate change impacts asset allocation – CDP

    2009-02-12T14:45:00

    [15:45 CET 12-02] GLOBAL – The majority of institutional investors now factor climate change information into their investment decisions and asset allocation, according to research by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).

  • Shareholders vote against Fortis deal
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    Shareholders vote against Fortis deal

    2009-02-11T15:55:00

    [16:55 CET 11-02] NETHERLANDS – Shareholders of the Belgian-Dutch bancassurer Fortis today voted against the sale of Fortis to the Belgian government and the French bank BNP Paribas.

  • Harbour workers ask judge to replace Optas board
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    Harbour workers ask judge to replace Optas board

    2009-02-11T15:45:00

    [16:45 CET 11-02] NETHERLANDS – The representative body of the Dutch harbour workers (SBPVH) has today launched a lawsuit against the board of Optas through a court in The Hague.

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