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Germany: BRSG beyond the new DC plans

April 2019 (Magazine)By

A year into the implementation of Germany’s BRSG law to strengthen occupational pension schemes many legal uncertainties remain

Pensionskassen facing challenges

April 2019 (Magazine)By

The number of insurance-based pension funds on the supervisor’s watchlist is falling. But some providers are in serious trouble

All Austria

Brussels, Belgium

Belgium targets €100bn in pension assets by 2025

Tue, 2 Apr 2019By

PensioPlus wants to increase size of Belgian-based pension fund market by more than double in six years

The Atomium in Brussels. Credit: Waldo Miguez

Aon relaunches bid to transfer Dutch scheme to Belgium

Fri, 29 Mar 2019By

Move subject to approval by two thirds of participants and pensioners

All Belgium

Warsaw, Poland

Poland finalises abolition of €38bn second-pillar system

Tue, 16 Apr 2019By Krystyna Krzyzak

Transfer to state or private provision set for January 2020, subject to consultation and parliamentary approval

Sighișoara, Romania

Romania faces ‘last call’ to save second pillar

Fri, 1 Mar 2019By

Industry fears nationalisation by the back door through government reforms

All Central & Eastern Europe

Danish lighthouse

Currency aided Danish pension funds in first quarter: Willis Towers Watson

Fri, 10 May 2019By

SEB comes close second to Danica as Willis Towers Watson compares market-rate returns

Nyhavn in Copenhagen, Denmark

Danske Bank cashes in as Swedish pension arm sale finalised

Tue, 7 May 2019By

Consortium including Sampension and Unigestion completes purchase as Danica reports strong first-quarter performance

All Denmark

Helsinki, Finland

Finland’s Mandatum Life eyes international growth with acquisition

Wed, 15 May 2019By Pirkko Juntunen

The Nordic insurance company has bought a 20% stake in Swedish alternatives specialist Crescit Asset Management

Old Port in Helsinki, Finland

​Ilmarinen backs BlackRock US ESG exchange-traded fund with €750m

Wed, 15 May 2019By

Finnish pension insurer co-developed the ETF as part of a shift towards responsible investments in its €47bn portfolio

All Finland

Caisse des Depots, FRR headquarters, Paris

France’s FRR awards €1.7bn domestic, European small cap mandates

Fri, 24 May 2019By

Award concludes search launched in April last year, with US small cap and Japanese equity searches still outstanding

French flags

Mandate roundup: Ircantec awards five mandates worth €2.8bn [updated]

Mon, 13 May 2019By

Plus: German church fund awards currency overlay mandate to Metzler; Italian education workers’ scheme shakes up manager line-up; Hampshire hires JP Morgan

All France

Scarcity value: lack of bond supply further erodes ECB’s effectiveness index

Analysis: Experts warn of bank stress test impact on covered bonds

Thu, 16 May 2019By

ECB’s banking sector stress tests have caused concern among covered bond analysts over the potential impact on the attractiveness of the asset class

French flags

Mandate roundup: Ircantec awards five mandates worth €2.8bn [updated]

Mon, 13 May 2019By

Plus: German church fund awards currency overlay mandate to Metzler; Italian education workers’ scheme shakes up manager line-up; Hampshire hires JP Morgan

All Germany

Flag of Ireland

Chart of the Week: Brexit helps Ireland hit record AUM

Fri, 24 May 2019By

ETFs, Brexit transfers and market performance pushed Irish AUM to an all-time high of €2.64trn in the first quarter of 2019, according to new data

Theresa May

Asset managers urged to implement ‘no-deal’ Brexit plans

Wed, 13 Mar 2019By

Prime minister Theresa May loses vote on withdrawal agreement; ‘No deal’ to be debated today

All Ireland

French flags

Mandate roundup: Ircantec awards five mandates worth €2.8bn [updated]

Mon, 13 May 2019By

Plus: German church fund awards currency overlay mandate to Metzler; Italian education workers’ scheme shakes up manager line-up; Hampshire hires JP Morgan

Telecoms engineer

Italian telecoms scheme appoints Payden & Rygel to €250m mandate

Tue, 16 Apr 2019By

€1.8bn Fondo Telemaco pension fund began an asset allocation overhaul last summer

All Italy

De Nederlandsche Bank DNB

Ex-regulator slams piling up of pension fund rules

Thu, 23 May 2019By

A former head of pension fund supervision in the Netherlands has argued that risk reduction requirements for schemes are over the top and counter-productive

Solar panels

€5.9bn Dutch green bond deemed ‘expensive’

Wed, 22 May 2019By Sameer van Alfen,

APG, PGGM, SPOV and Cardano were allocated €411m collectively, from a total of €5.9bn raised by the first AAA-rated sovereign green bond

All The Netherlands

London Stock Exchange Group

Nordic insurer hunts UK equity exposure via IPE Quest

Fri, 17 May 2019By IPE Staff

The insurance company has intiated a search for a UK equity fund to be added to its ‘guided’ fund range

Helsinki, Finland

Finland’s Mandatum Life eyes international growth with acquisition

Wed, 15 May 2019By Pirkko Juntunen

The Nordic insurance company has bought a 20% stake in Swedish alternatives specialist Crescit Asset Management

All Nordic Region

Coal mining

KLP purges NOK3.2bn of shares as coal ban goes total

Wed, 8 May 2019By

The Norwegian pension fund has reduced its coal tolerance limit to just 5% of a company’s revenue, cutting RWE, Sasol and BHP from its portfolio

Oslo, Norway

Falling costs and strong returns prompt KLP price cut

Tue, 7 May 2019By

Norwegian municipal pension provider’s premium reduction comes as reforms threaten its near-monopoly on local authority sector

All Norway

Almudena Cathedral, Madrid, Spain

Spanish pension funds cutting equities after 2018 losses

Wed, 1 May 2019By

Rise in dollar softens CaixaBank scheme losses, while Geroa Pentsioak posts losses across all equity sectors

Spanish flag

Poor Q4 leads to 3.2% 2018 loss for Spanish pension funds

Wed, 20 Mar 2019By

Fourth-quarter performance was the worst since the 2008 financial crisis, says Mercer

All Spain

sweden riksdag outside

​Sweden revamps AP fund boards with industry veterans and academics

Fri, 24 May 2019By

New chairs for AP1 and AP3, along with three new deputies and 12 new board members across the €126bn system

Pablo Bernengo, CIO of AP3

Sweden’s AP3 appoints permanent CIO

Wed, 15 May 2019By

Pablo Bernengo will join the SEK341bn state pension buffer fund from his current CEO role at Öhman Fonder in November

All Sweden

Geneva, Switzerland

Swiss voters approve €4bn recapitalisation of Geneva pension fund

Tue, 21 May 2019By

A plan worth CHF4.4bn will take the Swiss canton’s public pension scheme to a funding level of 75%, but without a DB to DC shift

photo of tram passing through a Swiss city's shopping district

Swiss back top-up cash for state pension fund in referendum

Mon, 20 May 2019By

Proposal, which was linked to corporate tax reform, foresees an extra CHF2bn (€1.8bn) annually for state pension plan from 2020

All Switzerland

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Study highlights imbalance between dividends and pension payments

Fri, 24 May 2019By

LCP found that FTSE 100 companies paid £90bn to shareholders and just £13bn to pension funds in 2018

Theresa May

Brexit: UK recession warning as prime minister quits party leadership

Fri, 24 May 2019By

Economists have issued renewed warnings of a possible UK recession after prime minister Theresa May this morning announced her resignation.

All United Kingdom

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    Closing date: 2019-05-27.

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    Asset class: Small/Mid-Cap Equities.
    Asset region: Switzerland.
    Size: CHF 130m.
    Closing date: 2019-06-04.

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    Asset class: All/Large Cap Equities.
    Asset region: Switzerland.
    Size: CHF 130m.
    Closing date: 2019-06-04.

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