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Blue skies on a sunny day

ESG roundup: First Austrian pension fund signs Montreal Carbon Pledge

Fri, 7 Apr 2017By ,

Plus: ERAFP awards €4.6bn of European equity mandates 

Pensions In Austria: Funds take real risk

April 2017 (Magazine)By

Real assets such as infrastructure are on the radar for Austrian institutional investors, finds Barbara Ottawa

All Austria

FSMA building, Brussels, Belgium

Belgian regulator targets more transparency for DC members

Fri, 7 Apr 2017By

FSMA is consulting on recommendations on transparency of costs and returns

EU flag

Vitol Anker shifts pension scheme from Netherlands to Luxembourg

Thu, 30 Mar 2017By

Commodities company has launched replacement DC scheme for existing employees

All Belgium

Lake Bled, Slovenia

EBRD exits investment in Slovenia’s Prva Group

Mon, 3 Apr 2017By Krystyna Krzyzak

Investment furthered Slovenian group’s expansion and market share

Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria

Bulgarian review leads to writedown of asset values

Tue, 7 Feb 2017By Krystyna Krzyzak

System is nevertheless deemed sustainable by Financial Supervision Commission

All Central & Eastern Europe

Nyhavn pier, Copenhagen, Denmark

Change Danish pensions law to allow phased retirement, says Aon

Thu, 20 Apr 2017By

‘Partial pensions’ more effective than higher retirement age in maintaining workforce

ExxonMobil under pressure from Church Commissioners

PKA cuts five oil firms but rejects blanket stance on fossil fuels

Wed, 19 Apr 2017By

Danish pension fund says nuanced approach recognises renewables moves

All Denmark

Geiranger Fjord, Norway

Nordic roundup: PensionDanmark, Bergen Kommunale Pensjonskasse, TELA

Fri, 24 Mar 2017By

Plus: Bergen pension fund doubles annual return; Finnish pension funds add 4.2% in 2016

Old Port in Helsinki, Finland

Late surge in investment returns rescues Ilmarinen’s 2016 result

Mon, 20 Feb 2017By

Finnish pensions insurer ups diversification and real assets

All Finland

Towards a unified regime

May 2017 (Magazine)By Gilles Pouzin

A two-sided reform appears to have saved Agirc-Arrco, which is soon to become a unified regime, writes Gilles Pouzin. But the new national president will lead the direction of further reforms

paris france map

French investor association sets out pre-election wish-list

Tue, 18 Apr 2017By

Open letter to presidential candidates sets out proposals on Brexit, regulation, real economy financing and more

All France

EU flags

Germany’s aba criticises EIOPA pan-European DC survey

Thu, 13 Apr 2017By

EIOPA says it welcomes all comments submitted – ‘many positive but also negative’

Pretzels Bavaria

Bavarian foundation seeks equity fund managers via IPE Quest

Thu, 6 Apr 2017By IPE Staff

Non-leveraged market neutral and long/short fund managers are sought

All Germany

Brexit

How Brexit could affect investment fund 'passports'

Wed, 29 Mar 2017By

Existing passporting rules for fund domiciles should keep disruption to a minimum, experts say

Leinster House

Ireland opposition party seeks protection for DB schemes

Thu, 16 Feb 2017By

Government wants to close loophole allowing sponsors to abandon underfunded schemes

All Ireland

Milan Italy

Trio of Italian pension funds in €1.8bn merger

Wed, 22 Feb 2017By

New fund will be country’s fifth largest by membership

Amsterdam at night

Aon Hewitt Netherlands to refocus on fiduciary management

Wed, 22 Feb 2017By

Consultancy is also weighing up options for its administration business

All Italy

Canal houses in Amsterdam, Netherlands

DNB warns pension funds against becoming obsolete

Fri, 21 Apr 2017By

Pension fund policy supervisor says funds ‘must be willing to-invent themselves’ 

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ABP to offer ‘personal pension pot’ visual

Fri, 21 Apr 2017By

Scheme to provide graph showing contributions and asset growth through investment

All The Netherlands

Nyhavn pier, Copenhagen, Denmark

Change Danish pensions law to allow phased retirement, says Aon

Thu, 20 Apr 2017By

‘Partial pensions’ more effective than higher retirement age in maintaining workforce

ExxonMobil under pressure from Church Commissioners

PKA cuts five oil firms but rejects blanket stance on fossil fuels

Wed, 19 Apr 2017By

Danish pension fund says nuanced approach recognises renewables moves

All Nordic Region

Siv Jensen, Norway finance minister

Norway rejects infrastructure allocation for sovereign fund

Mon, 10 Apr 2017By

Finance ministry also rules out divestment from oil and gas assets but confirms equities allocation will rise to 70%

Oil platform

Norwegian sovereign fund's returns outweigh oil revenue for first time

Fri, 7 Apr 2017By

NBIM reports third-best quarterly performance in sovereign wealth fund’s 21-year history

All Norway

Porto, Portugal

Portuguese funds see returns fall as debt allocation struggles

Fri, 17 Mar 2017By

Average return for 2016 was less than 2% due to ‘cash drag’ effect, says Willis Towers Watson

Porto, Portugal

Portuguese pension funds move into positive return territory

Fri, 16 Dec 2016By

Third-quarter performance brings returns into positive territory for first time in 2016

All Portugal

Spain

Basque fund ups local investments after strong 2016 return

Wed, 12 Apr 2017By

Geroa Pentsioak’s return was more than double the 2016 average from other Spanish pension funds

Spain

Pensions Caixa 30 gains 4.2% despite hedge fund drag

Fri, 24 Mar 2017By

Spain’s largest corporate pension scheme will increase equities and reduce fixed income this year

All Spain

City Hall, Stockholm, Sweden

AP funds' ethics council backs engagement over divestment

Wed, 5 Apr 2017By

Human rights, biodiversity and anti-corruption were 2016 focus of council overseeing €135bn of public pension assets

Stockholm, Sweden

AP1 invests $250m in low-vol 'resource-efficient' equities fund

Mon, 3 Apr 2017By

Manager says fund addresses worries about low-vol portfolio exposures

All Sweden

Strip coal mining

ESG roundup: Investors call for more from Rio Tinto climate report

Thu, 13 Apr 2017By

Plus: new guide to help investors with their own reporting on climate change

Sion Castle, Geneva

Switzerland seeks to ban cantons from regional supervisory boards

Mon, 10 Apr 2017By

Policymakers at odds over canton officials holding positions with regional regulators

All Switzerland

Tata Steel plant in Workington, UK

Tata Steel 'offers £520m' to pension scheme

Fri, 21 Apr 2017By

Final agreement seen as still some way off as trustees reiterate desire for RAA solution

Offshore wind farm

USS backs Macquarie purchase of UK Green Investment Bank

Thu, 20 Apr 2017By

£57bn UK pension fund to back new offshore wind fund and low carbon lending platform

All United Kingdom

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