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Austria: Government’s fall is another blow to reform

September 2019 (Magazine)By

Promised tax reforms were put on hold following the toppling of the government. But this is just the latest in a line of unfulfilled pension promises

Austrian flag

Bonus eyes climate risks with fresh investment approach

Thu, 8 Aug 2019By

The €1.5bn Austrian multi-employer scheme is setting up a fund-of-funds structure it believes will help improve the transparency of climate-related risks

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

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Tallinn

Estonia set to overhaul €4.4bn second-pillar system

Tue, 20 Aug 2019By Krystyna Krzyzak

Coalition government’s decision follows similar moves in Poland and Romania to scale back second-pillar coverage

Sighișoara, Romania

Romanian government eases grip on second-pillar system

Fri, 7 Jun 2019By

Crippling capital requirements on providers have been defused significantly, and the industry sees a “chance for survival”  

All Central & Eastern Europe

Danish houses

​Sampension wins Danish army pension contract from rival Nordea

Wed, 18 Sep 2019By

New members have increased the Danish pension provider’s public sector quotient and its asset base

Coal mining

​PFA sheds Chinese coal stocks in latest climate purge

Mon, 16 Sep 2019By

Danish fund divests seven companies and puts another seven under observation as part of its semi-annual portfolio climate review

All Denmark

Finland: Two to become one

September 2019 (Magazine)By Reeta Paakkinen

The government is planning to unify the municipal and private-sector pension systems

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 Finland

France Paris street

France expands scope for new pension vehicles in IORP II bill

Wed, 4 Sep 2019By

Government calls on insurance sector to take up opportunity offered by FRPS vehicles and help make a success of the PACTE law’s retirement savings reform 

France: Act I of the pensions big bang?

September 2019 (Magazine)By

The government’s PACTE law could transform the pensions landscape

All France

Germany: Tinkering at the edges

September 2019 (Magazine)By

As yet no social partners have adopted the latest pension model in an already highly complex system

Frankfurt stock exchange, Deutsche Boerse, Germany

German treasurers increase focus on pension asset management

Tue, 27 Aug 2019By

VDT says its focus will include in-house versus external fiduciary management, pension finance, and accounting issues

All Germany

Ireland: A pension reform battleground

September 2019 (Magazine)By

The government’s plan to overhaul the entire pension system is running behind schedule

Dublin, Ireland

Irish regulator to raise scheme levies to meet cost of EU reporting rules

Wed, 7 Aug 2019By

New reporting requirements brought in by EIOPA and ECB are due to come into force from December this year

All Ireland

Hammersmith Bridge, London

​Mandate roundup: £1bn LGPS fund preparing low-carbon switch

Fri, 6 Sep 2019By ,

Plus: Solidarietà Veneto tenders two mandates worth €328m; Cardano details six fiduciary mandates

Italy: Prioritising early retirement

September 2019 (Magazine)By

The 2019 budget allocated funds to allow more favourable early retirement but its impact has been limited

All Italy

Knights' Hall at Binnenhof in The Hague

Weak funding levels are a threat to reform, says Dutch Pensions Federation

Thu, 19 Sep 2019By Frank van Alphen,

Schemes lack the cash to compensate older workers for a transition from average to degressive pensions accrual, says the industry trade body

Martijn Scholten, MN

MN appoints Martijn Scholten as new CIO

Thu, 19 Sep 2019By

Scholten has worked for MN since 2003 and replaces Gerald Cartigny, who has moved to Goldman Sachs

All The Netherlands

City Hall of Stockholm, Sweden

​Swedish pension funds slam draft IORP II solvency rules

Tue, 17 Sep 2019By

Folksam, AMF and Alecta home in on proposals for traditional guaranteed pensions while industry association says ambiguities in the draft must be addressed

aberdeen standards new hq in edinburgh where there is an expectation that the real estate business will be globalised

Asset management roundup: Aberdeen Standard launches private markets arm

Tue, 17 Sep 2019By Razak Musah Baba, ,

Also: Unigestion targets Nordics expansion with Copenhagen office; Trium Capital buys quant specialist Sabre Fund Management

All Nordic Region

Oslo, Norway

​Gabler targets Nordic expansion after sale to Swiss, Danish investors

Tue, 3 Sep 2019By

The Norwegian pension and investment consultancy has sold a 70% stake to Nordic Insurance Consolidation Group

Norway: New public sector scheme agreed

September 2019 (Magazine)By

A hybrid framework is set to boost competition in the municipal pensions market

All Norway

Portuguese flag

Market bounce boosts second-quarter gains for Portuguese funds

Mon, 16 Sep 2019By

Strong relative investment performance was not enough to compensate for rising liabilities, according to Willis Towers Watson

Portugal: Scene set for broad changes

September 2019 (Magazine)By Paula Garrido

Pension reform advances with new rules and proposals by the Portuguese government

All Portugal

Spain: Reforms on hold

September 2019 (Magazine)By Paula Garrido

Chronic political instability has turned attention away from pension reform while features of previous legislation have been undone

Spanish flag

Market recoveries prompt 2.2% Q1 return for Spanish funds

Mon, 24 Jun 2019By

Alternative asset classes boost returns after difficult end to 2018, according to Mercer and Inverco stats

All Spain

City Hall of Stockholm, Sweden

​Swedish pension funds slam draft IORP II solvency rules

Tue, 17 Sep 2019By

Folksam, AMF and Alecta home in on proposals for traditional guaranteed pensions while industry association says ambiguities in the draft must be addressed

Stockholm, Sweden

​Reprieve for Swedish pension firms as government delays reform

Mon, 16 Sep 2019By

The Timetable for establishing a procured marketplace has been pushed back by four months to the start of 2021, giving managers more time to prepare

All Sweden


Swiss pension funds’ alternatives allocation hits double digits [updated]

Mon, 16 Sep 2019By

Complementa study also finds that pension funds will have to cut benefits to close the gap between required returns and forecast returns

The Matterhorn

Swiss pension funds facing negative discount rates

Fri, 6 Sep 2019By

Company pension schemes may need to use negative rates to discount liabilities – mean obligations could rise by around 15%

All Switzerland

Oxford University

USS ‘pushing regulator to the limit’ on risk, says CEO

Thu, 19 Sep 2019By

£68.5bn scheme’s leaders say they have taken a position of ‘maximum flexibility’ in a bid to resolve a long-running dispute over contributions


Responsible investment policies ‘could boost contributions by £1.2bn’

Thu, 19 Sep 2019By

Franklin Templeton recommends schemes align with member values via better integration of responsible investment into DC strategies

All United Kingdom


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