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Bucharest, Romania

Romania's second-pillar pensions to become voluntary

Mon, 11 Sep 2017By Krystyna Krzyzak

Fees and contribution rates may also be cut, says prime minister

Lithuania's Trakai Castle

Baltics roundup: Nordea and DNB to merge operations

Tue, 29 Aug 2017By

Also: Estonia’s LHV pension fund invests in Lithuanian internet service provider

Facade and environment of St Peter's church in Riga Latvia

Start-up pension provider aims to cut costs in Latvia

Fri, 25 Aug 2017By

Passively managed pension plans will cost half of the industry average, INDEXO chief says

Lithuania's Trakai Castle

Swedbank exits from Lithuanian third-pillar provision

Fri, 28 Jul 2017By Krystyna Krzyzak

Local asset manager INVL buys fund; becomes second biggest investor in Lithuanian SME Fund

Castle Square in Warsaw, Poland

Polish pension fund overhaul postponed until July 2018

Thu, 27 Jul 2017By Krystyna Krzyzak

Regulatory and technical complexities cited for the delay

Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria

World Bank calls for full independence for Bulgarian regulator

Wed, 28 Jun 2017By Krystyna Krzyzak

Recommendations include powers to raise levies, improve staff salaries, and receive statutory indemnity

Moscow, Russia

Russian roundup: Non-state funds’ Q1 returns average 5%

Fri, 2 Jun 2017By Krystyna Krzyzak

Central bank encourages funds to diversify into assets backing the ‘real economy’

Castle Square in Warsaw, Poland

Polish second-pillar funds net average 12-month gain of 17.6%

Fri, 28 Apr 2017By Krystyna Krzyzak

Law dismantling second pillar to be published by mid-year

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

Zagreb, Croatia

Croatia’s mandatory pension fund returns strengthened in 2016

Mon, 6 Feb 2017By Krystyna Krzyzak

Pension fund association president says increased real assets exposure will help maintain returns in the future

Facade and environment of St Peter's church in Riga Latvia

Latvian second-pillar funds boost 2016 returns

Mon, 30 Jan 2017By Krystyna Krzyzak

Equity-weighted funds outperformed other classes

Lithuania's Trakai Castle

All Lithuania’s pension funds generate positive returns in 2016

Thu, 19 Jan 2017By Krystyna Krzyzak

Bond-weighted funds underwhelm, while equity funds exceed 9%

Castle Square in Warsaw, Poland

Bulk of Polish second-pillar assets looks set to stay in private sector

Mon, 19 Dec 2016By Krystyna Krzyzak

Alternative plan for total nationalisation resurfaces

Moscow, Russia

Russian pension funds return more than 10.5% year to date

Mon, 12 Dec 2016By Krystyna Krzyzak

Investment in corporate bonds, equities rises while deposits share declines

Old Town, Warsaw

Polish ministries deny report of second-pillar asset nationalisation

Fri, 18 Nov 2016By Krystyna Krzyzak

Statement calms stock exchange after earlier sell-off

Facade and environment of St Peter's church in Riga Latvia

Latvian pension-fund returns rebound over third quarter

Thu, 10 Nov 2016By Krystyna Krzyzak

Equities propel investment growth

Forest

Estonian pensions back launch of forestry fund

Mon, 7 Nov 2016By

Two of country’s biggest pensions are backing Birdeye Capital’s second timber fund

Warsaw, Poland

Polish pension funds cut 12-month losses over third quarter

Thu, 27 Oct 2016By Krystyna Krzyzak

Three-year returns shrivel due to earlier stock market losses

Kaunas, Lithuania

Lithuanian pension fund returns strengthen over third quarter

Fri, 14 Oct 2016By Krystyna Krzyzak

Higher equity weightings generate superior results

All Latest CEE News

new dawns for baltic pensions

Pensions in CEE: New dawns for Baltic pensions

January 2017 (Magazine)By Reeta Ilona Paakkinen

Baltic second-pillar pension funds face common challenges in a low-return environment, such as searching for yield and illiquid opportunities in a challenging regulatory environment

Baltic pension funds: The way forward

January 2017 (Magazine)

Harijs Švarcs addresses challenges for Baltic pension funds

Croatia's pension reform: An uncertain future

January 2017 (Magazine)By

The election of a new government has added an element of uncertainty to pension reform

Romania: Political uncertainty casts shadow on second-pillar growth

January 2017 (Magazine)By

Political uncertainty means Romanian pension funds will have to wait for clarity on an increase in the second-pillar pension contribution rate

Poland: Dismantling the second pillar

January 2017 (Magazine)By Krystyna Krzyzak

Krystyna Krzyzak reportson the latest reforms to Poland’s second-pillar pensions system

All Pensions in CEE

calculator accounting

IASB urged to look again at DB surplus accounting rules

Thu, 21 Sep 2017By

Controversial IFRIC 14 rules need further research, say accounting regulator’s staff

Bern, Switzerland

Swiss government rejects ideas for more pension fund comparability

Fri, 8 Sep 2017By

Government seen ‘deciding against transparency’

A 30-year quest continues

September 2017 (Magazine)By

Governance produces better outcomes, not metrics

Debt warning signs are hard to read

September 2017 (Magazine)By

A World Bank study highlights increasing levels of debt in emerging markets

Investment advisers need more scrutiny

September 2017 (Magazine)By

The quality of investment advice to pension funds needs to improve

All News and Opinions

  • Letter from Brussels: Tax threatens PEPP proposal

    At first sight, the benefits of the European Commission’s Pan European Personal Pension (PEPP) regulation proposal seem clear. But it did not take long for commentators to point out the considerable hurdles

  • Letter from Brussels: Reboot for Capital Markets Union

    The European Commission’s “further steps to drive forward the Capital Markets Union (CMU)” outline nine new priority legislative actions to solve the EU’s long-term cross-border investment challenge

  • Letter from Brussels: EU seeks to avert Brexit arbitrage

    Strong words on Brexit are flying in political circles. But behind the theatre, concerns about the future of London’s fund management sector are emerging

  • Letter from Brussels: A warm reception for PEPP

    In contrast to complaints that Brussels’s legislation burdens the financial sector, the European Commission may be gratified by the positive response to its flagship Capital Markets Union (CMU) programme. 

  • 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.

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