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German churches back development bank’s $200m SME lending fund

Wed, 24 Oct 2018By

Evangelische Bank co-invests alongside DEG in emerging market banks offering SME funding

St. Francis of Assisi Church in Vienna, Austria

Pension funds fear ‘Trojan horse’ in EU sustainability measures

Fri, 19 Oct 2018By

Conference panellists wary of Commission’s sustainability agenda bringing additional regulation and costs  

All Austria

 Bridge over canal in Amsterdam

Willis Towers Watson, Mercer eye DC switches for Dutch staff

Wed, 14 Nov 2018By

Willis Towers Watson will transfer staff to its in-house DC fund, LifeSight, from next year

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Netherlands doubles down on new rules for pension scheme transfers

Tue, 16 Oct 2018By ,

Social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees responds to claims that stricter conditions for cross-border moves are illegal

All Belgium

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Poland’s second-pillar funds suffer losses as equity market falls

Thu, 1 Nov 2018By Krystyna Krzyzak

Falling Warsaw Stock Exchange prices drag down returns amid macro concerns

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Polish parliament gives auto-enrolment law the go-ahead

Tue, 9 Oct 2018By Krystyna Krzyzak

First enrolments to start in July 2019, subject to approval from the upper house and president Andrzej Duda

All Central & Eastern Europe

Euros

Mandate roundup: UK pension pool confirms £1bn smart beta allocation

Mon, 12 Nov 2018By IPE Staff

Plus: Family office hunts securitised credit investor; Danish foundation wants EM manager; German state appoints Hermes EOS

Rosenborg Castle, Denmark

​PFA hails real estate, alternatives as 2018 gains hit €1bn

Tue, 6 Nov 2018By

CFO says Q3 took a “positive turn”, but year-to-date return was still half that of same period in 2017

All Denmark

Forests in Finland

​Finland's Veritas boosts solvency as Alandia merger completes

Mon, 12 Nov 2018By

Finnish pension fund link up wins watchdog’s approval

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Melbourne Mercer: Netherlands beats Denmark as world’s top system

Mon, 22 Oct 2018By

Finland takes third spot; Spain debuts with a C grade for its system

All Finland

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Aviva gets green light for €4bn pension fund launch in France

Mon, 5 Nov 2018By

‘Aviva Retraite Professionnelle’ is first FRPS vehicle to launch since 2016 reform 

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France’s PERCO company pension plans near €17bn in assets

Wed, 24 Oct 2018By

Asset managers looking forward to pension savings boost from PACTE law

All France

Frankfurt, Germany

Germany unlikely to see new DC plans before 2020

Fri, 16 Nov 2018By

Talks between employees and employers in Germany’s metal industry are ongoing but without commitment

Euros

Mandate roundup: UK pension pool confirms £1bn smart beta allocation

Mon, 12 Nov 2018By IPE Staff

Plus: Family office hunts securitised credit investor; Danish foundation wants EM manager; German state appoints Hermes EOS

All Germany

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Ireland’s sovereign fund partners with World Bank for emerging markets

Tue, 16 Oct 2018By

Agreement follows launch of €150m tech fund in partnership with Chinese investor

Leinster House

Trustees face ‘onerous’ burden ahead of Ireland’s IORP II implementation

Thu, 4 Oct 2018By

Small schemes could be exempt but government has yet to write EU rules into statute

All Ireland

Rome, Italy

Analysis: European Commission rejects Italian budget plan

Thu, 25 Oct 2018By

Italy’s government is intent on keeping its budget promises after the European Commission rejected its draft plan, writes Carlo Svaluto Moreolo

Altare della Patria, Rome

​Italian mandate roundup: PreviAmbiente, Previbank, Fondenergia

Wed, 24 Oct 2018By

Trio of schemes seek fund managers for ESG, multi-asset and DC portfolios

All Italy

Cyprus

Cyprus Hotel fund to add risk premia, private market assets

Thu, 31 May 2018By

Pension fund spreads risk further after making debut in emerging markets, European property in 2017

All Mediterranean

Port of Rotterdam

Dutch regulator warns schemes against too much local investment

Thu, 15 Nov 2018By Frank van Alphen

Economic downturn would cause a ‘triple whammy’, De Nederlandsche Bank warns

 Bridge over canal in Amsterdam

Willis Towers Watson, Mercer eye DC switches for Dutch staff

Wed, 14 Nov 2018By

Willis Towers Watson will transfer staff to its in-house DC fund, LifeSight, from next year

All The Netherlands

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​AP4 hails financial benefit of tobacco divestment

Tue, 13 Nov 2018By

Swedish pension fund says sector has underperformed by 40% since 2016

Forests in Finland

​Finland's Veritas boosts solvency as Alandia merger completes

Mon, 12 Nov 2018By

Finnish pension fund link up wins watchdog’s approval

All Nordic Region

Tromso, Norway

​Norway SWF: Combining CEO, chair roles weakens company oversight

Mon, 29 Oct 2018By

Norges Bank speaks out on thorny governance issues concerning the structure of company boards

Northern nights in Norway

​Stronger currency eats into Norway’s sovereign fund in Q3

Fri, 26 Oct 2018By

Yngve Slyngstad cites trade jitters as a weight on markets

All Norway

Lisbon, Portugal

Danish pension fund must resolve lawsuit in Portugal, UK court rules

Tue, 10 Jul 2018By

Investors including TDC and NZ Super cannot pursue Novo Banco in UK over loan to now-defunct Portuguese bank

All Portugal

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Melbourne Mercer: Netherlands beats Denmark as world’s top system

Mon, 22 Oct 2018By

Finland takes third spot; Spain debuts with a C grade for its system

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Spain: Unintended outcomes

October 2018 (magazine)By

Spain has experienced recent constitutional turmoil, yet it is the politics of Italy that is troubling pension funds. How will this affect asset allocation?

All Spain

Tobacco

​AP4 hails financial benefit of tobacco divestment

Tue, 13 Nov 2018By

Swedish pension fund says sector has underperformed by 40% since 2016

Gothenburg, Sweden

​AP2 predicts boom in public sector green bond issuance

Wed, 7 Nov 2018By ,

Dutch regulator also notes growth of green bond asset class

All Sweden

Bern, Switzerland

Switzerland roundup: Government rejects expert view on interest rate

Fri, 9 Nov 2018By

Also: Hans-Peter Wiedmer confirmed as new CEO of Bernische Pensionskasse

Governance at UK pension schemes 'not fit for purpose'

GAM boss Friedman exits after outflows spike

Tue, 6 Nov 2018By

Investors have pulled billions from the Swiss asset manager since it suspended a senior bond fund manager in July

All Switzerland

Theresa May, UK prime minister

Chart of the Week: Sterling struggles as Brexit deal teeters on the brink

Fri, 16 Nov 2018By

The UK currency has fallen versus the dollar and the euro in the immediate aftermath of a draft agreement emerging

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UK appoints new work and pensions secretary amid reshuffle

Fri, 16 Nov 2018By

Amber Rudd appointed as the third head of the DWP this year and fourth under Theresa May’s leadership

All United Kingdom

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