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ESG roundup: First Austrian pension fund signs Montreal Carbon Pledge

Fri, 7 Apr 2017By ,

Plus: ERAFP awards €4.6bn of European equity mandates 

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Allianz' Austrian pension funds dominate 3 and 5-year returns

Fri, 17 Mar 2017By

Mercer data also shows strong results for VBV in higher risk category

Some investors are reducing their exposure to industries that produce carbon as a byproduct

Austria’s VBV cuts carbon footprint by 55% in core fund move

Wed, 15 Feb 2017By

Next step is to roll out environmental management system fund-wide

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Austria's VBV: wrong on Brexit but right on credit strategy

Tue, 7 Feb 2017By

Major Austrian pension fund returns 3.4% for 2016

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Austrian pension fund association calls for mandatory system

Wed, 18 Jan 2017By

Austrian schemes return nearly 4.2% on average over 2016

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IPE Conference: Lower pension payouts in German-speaking Europe

Thu, 1 Dec 2016By

Germany, Austria and Switzerland with system debates – but rather different ones

Milan, Italy

Amundi acquires Pioneer, seeks to grow European distribution

December 2016 (Online)By

Deal includes distribution agreement with UniCredit covering three major European markets

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Brexit could derail cross-border pensions, resurrect HBS, experts warn

Fri, 21 Oct 2016By

German industry experts lament loss of British ‘allies’ in EU pensions debate

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Rebounding stock markets help Austrian pension funds turn corner

Wed, 12 Oct 2016By

Schemes return 3.3% on average over first nine months of year

Austria: Are times changing too swiftly?

September 2016 (Magazine)By

Austria’s second pillar remains stuck amid inertia, market mistrust, political half-heartedness and global uncertainty

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Austrian pension association proposes new long-term savings vehicle

Thu, 25 Aug 2016By

Head of pension fund association also attacks ECB interest rates as ’borderline irresponsible’, expresses hope of greater ’pension coverage

Sunset in Zurich, Switzerland

Vontobel buys Swiss Raiffeisen asset management unit Vescore

Fri, 1 Jul 2016By

Swiss banks say deal part of move to strengthen collaboration

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Pension funds seen as 'collateral damage' of ECB policy

Mon, 20 Jun 2016By

Investment conference attendees lament state of corporate debt, infrastructure investment

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​'Best times' over for alternatives, warns chair of Nokia-Siemens fund

Tue, 14 Jun 2016By

Industry must anticipate lower returns from alternatives, but should still consider allocations, says Thomas Friese

Pensions in Austria: Broadening the horizons

April 2016 (Magazine)By

Like their international counterparts, Austrian Pensionskassen must find new sources of return. Barbara Ottawa reports on the potential opportunities

Museum of Art History, Vienna

Infineon scheme in Austria outsources asset management to Allianz

Wed, 10 Feb 2016By

Number of company schemes in country drops to just four

Museum of Art History, Vienna

Austria's VBV Vorsorgekasse returns nearly 2% over 2015

Fri, 5 Feb 2016By

Sustainability, defensive positioning to continue into 2016

Museum of Art History, Vienna

Mandate roundup: IPE Quest, Central Bank of Ireland, EirGrid, EY

Mon, 1 Feb 2016By IPE Staff

Austrian pension provider tenders fixed income fund wrapper using IPE Quest

Strip coal mining

Austria’s VBV sells coal stocks on new exclusion criterion

Fri, 22 Jan 2016By

New policy leads to exclusion of four companies within severance pay fund’s universe

Andreas Zakostelsky

Former Valida head Zakostelsky decamps for VBV

Wed, 13 Jan 2016

Undisclosed sources say former chief executive at Valida Holding has joined Austrian competitor

All Latest Austria News

Milan, Italy

Amundi acquires Pioneer, seeks to grow European distribution

December 2016 (Online)By

Deal includes distribution agreement with UniCredit covering three major European markets

Austria: Are times changing too swiftly?

September 2016 (Magazine)By

Austria’s second pillar remains stuck amid inertia, market mistrust, political half-heartedness and global uncertainty

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German pensions: A new not-quite revolution

April 2017 (Magazine)By

The current reforms risk repeating some of the mistakes of the Riester plan. Devolving responsibility to social partners for creating new sector schemes risks passing the buck

Europe: The genie is out of the lamp

April 2017 (Magazine)By

Times have changed since the Society for the German Language chose Alternativlos (without alternative) as its Unwort (literally ‘unword’ or ugliest word) of the year for 2010

Fiduciary managers need more competition

April 2017 (Magazine)By

The review of the UK’s asset management market by the FCA may or may not result in tighter regulation of investment advice. But the regulator would do well to continue focusing on investment consulting firms that offer fiduciary management services

From Our Perspective: Two decades of shifting perspectives

April 2017 (Magazine)

This spring marks 20 years since the first issue of IPE. Our founders Piers Diacre and Fennell Betson started this publication with an assumption that funded pension systems would become more widespread in time, leading to increased diversification and a need for clear, well-researched and well-presented information.

Norges Bank Investment Management: Strategy shift at Europe’s biggest investor

April 2017 (Magazine)By

Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), arguably the world’s most watched institutional investor, is considering adopting a risk-factor approach.

All News and Opinions

  • Letter from Brussels: Brexit and equivalence

    Nothing could be clearer. For the financial sector, at least, there is nothing to fear from Brexit. All the UK has to do is to apply to the EU’s rules – the crucial term ‘equivalence’

  • Letter from Brussels: Resaver’s first stage kicks off

    The European Commission’s project to set up a pension scheme for research and development professionals whose careers take them across EU borders has finally reached its first stages of operation.

  • Letter from Brussels: Unclear on clearance

    The prolongation for 18 months of pension funds’ exemption from posting collateral when trading over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives is leading PensionsEurope to seek clarification. 

  • Letter from Brussels: EU focus on tax tricks

    There is increasing attention in Brussels on company reporting, taxation and offshore financial centres. The G20 and some OECD countries have demanded country-by-country reporting rules for multinational companies with a turnover over €750m

  • Letter from Brussels: Pan-EU private schemes for 2017?

    Legislation proposing pan-EU personal pension products (PEPPs) could be tabled in 2017, according to the European Commission

  • Letter from Brussels: A vision for cross-border workers

    A former director of the European Association of Paritarian Institutions (AEIP) has proposed a new option for occupational pensions that could help the large number of workers whose careers take them across EU internal borders.

  • Letter from Brussels: Weighty in-tray for new CMU commissioner

    Valdis Dombrovskis has assumed responsibility as commissioner in charge of the flagship Capital Markets Union project. But he has also assumed the added complication of the withdrawal of the UK

  • Letter from Brussels: Posted worker woes

    It will not be the first time that proposed revisions to EU rules affecting finance and pensions get stuck in a logjam between interests groups

  • Letter from Brussels: Tax targeting continues

    Pressure to clean up the financial sector has led to copious legislation from Brussels. 

  • Letter from Brussels: Ethical pressures mount

    There are plenty of indicators of rising pressure to advance ethical standards across the financial sector. One outcome takes the form of mountains of clean-up legislation, including from Brussels. 

  • Letter from Brussels: Beefing up the CMU

    Inadequacy of European national court systems in the financial sphere is due for overhaul. Upgrade is necessary if the EU’s capital markets union programme (CMU) is going to get anywhere, according to a high-status paper

  • Letter from Brussels: Race to upgrade EFSI

    Legislative moves to support the EU’s European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) are being rushed through Brussels. But, so far, evidence of any torrent of fund movement by the institutional investment sector across EU frontiers has yet to emerge.

  • Letter from Brussels: A simmering conflict

    Conflict continues to simmer over the issue of passport rights for non-EU-domiciled hedge funds across the EU

  • Letter from Brussels: A lawyer’s feast

    It is a case of tackling one challenge after another in the Capital Markets Union (CMU). According to the European Commission, the present morass of different national insolvency rules creates a barrier to the flow of capital across the EU. 

  • Letter from Brussels: Cross-border challenge for IORP II

    IORP II may have cleared the European Parliament’s committee stage but amendments tabled to the second directive covering occupational pensions since 2003 are so radical that it would be unwise to forecast its future.

  • Letter from Brussels: Focus on low returns

    Dismally low returns on EU pension fund investments over 15 years? The allegation comes in a study by Better Finance, the European Federation of Investors & Financial Services Users. The report, Pensions Savings: The Real Return, points to excessive fees, points to other charges, and badly framed taxation rules, as the culprits.

  • Cayman Islands Sign

    Letter from Brussels: Pressure builds on tax havens

    Brussels’ financial focus is on aggressive corporate tax planning and the related question of tax havens. This concerns the hedge fund ‘passport’ rights to do business across the EU and compliance of the offshore jurisdictions where they are domiciled to EU norms.

  • Letter from Brussels: A tricky path ahead

    The process of making pensions policy in Brussels between now and end of the year resembles two juggernauts moving towards each other

  • Letter from Brussels: Ready with the axe?

    The lack of demand rather than supply for both credit and capital is a common criticism from investors of the EU’s capital market union (CMU) programme

  • Letter from Brussels: Awaking a sleep-walking economy

    A few more European cross-border lending opportunities have started to emerge. This follows anticipation of the European Investment Plan launched by Jean-Claude Juncker

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