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FRR invites bids for ‘new generation’ cash flow matching mandates

Mon, 27 Feb 2017By

New mandates to replace those put in place for LDI strategy after 2010 pensions reform 

Paris

France's Ircantec slashes govvie target in strategy overhaul

Mon, 20 Feb 2017By

New strategic asset allocation from December places more weight on equities, credit, real assets 

Paris, France

Major European investors back France green bond ‘milestone’

Wed, 25 Jan 2017By ,

Dutch pension managers buy €967m, while ERAFP and Ircantec join big French crowd

Paris at sunset

French pension reserve fund awards private placement mandates

Tue, 24 Jan 2017By

Mandates are part of €600m allocation to domestic private debt 

Asia emerging market cash banknotes

Mandate roundup: FRR, ERAFP, Nutreco, SPT

Mon, 23 Jan 2017

French reserve fund appoints new ESG managers while civil service fund adds climate change researchers

Arc de Triomphe, Paris

French AM association calls for cross-border IORP, PEPP-consistent product

Fri, 20 Jan 2017By

Measures set out in white paper on boosting retirement saving in France

Paris at sunset

French pension reserve fund appoints private debt managers

Fri, 13 Jan 2017By

FRR awards €300m mandate for investment in SMEs’ acquisition-financing  

Clamecy wind farm in France

ERAFP awards unlisted infrastructure, private equity mandates

Tue, 10 Jan 2017By

Pension fund targeting vital, public EU infrastructure and unlisted ‘mid-market’ companies

Oil platform

ESG roundup: FRR, Progress, STOXX, Sustainalytics

Mon, 9 Jan 2017By

France’s FRR looking for providers to carry out environmental footprint of portfolios 

Stock price on monitor

High-deficit pension sponsors ‘could outperform’ in 2017

Fri, 6 Jan 2017By

Strategist backs basket of stocks with significantly underfunded pension schemes to outperform

Paris, France

France promulgates law paving way for pension fund vehicles

Fri, 16 Dec 2016By

Ministerial order creating ‘fonds de retraite professionelle supplémentaire’ still to come 

Cigarette smoking

French pension reserve fund turns its back on tobacco, coal

Fri, 16 Dec 2016By

Engaging with tobacco companies won’t work, says FRR

OECD conference centre Paris

Unify civil servant, private sector pension scheme rules, says OECD

Wed, 7 Dec 2016By

In many OECD countries, civil servant replacement rates 20 percentage points higher than in private sector

Paris, France

ERAFP updates SRI charter to reflect diversification, 'urgency' of issues

Tue, 6 Dec 2016By

France’s €25bn civil service pension scheme pledges ‘more forceful’ follow-up

Paris, France

Amundi set to win contest for Pioneer Investments

Mon, 5 Dec 2016By

UniCredit enters ‘exclusive’ talks with French asset manager

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

Paris sunset

French asset managers put pan-European personal pensions at heart of promotional drive

Tue, 29 Nov 2016By

Industry association targets 10 measures to make French market more attractive 

europe

Outlook 2017: Political focus - Europe

December 2016 (Magazine)By ,

Geopolitical tensions look set to be felt across Europe in 2017. Daniel Ben-Ami and Carlo Svaluto Moreolo outline some of the most important

Flood in nashville

French pension investors turn attention to physical risks of climate change

Tue, 22 Nov 2016By

ERAFP, FRR support project to measure portfolio exposure to physical impacts of climate change

Paris at sunset

France's FRR targets venture capital in latest illiquids allocation step

Tue, 8 Nov 2016By

Pension reserve fund launches tender for up to €200m in segregated mandates

All Latest France News

Pensions In France: Change of tack on pensions

May 2016 (Magazine)By

French supplementary pension funds are to be freed from the capital requirements of Solvency II and brought under the IORP regime, writes Susanna Rust

PERCO brews a success

May 2016 (Magazine)By

A new law aims to make collective retirement savings plans more attractive, writes Susanna Rust

Energy Transition: TEEed up for change

May 2016 (Magazine)By

A new law has forced climate change onto institutional investors’ agenda, says Susanna Rust

SME Lending: Finance funds for business

May 2016 (Magazine)By Gilles Pouzin

Gilles Pouzin writes about the creation of a new fund designed to see institutional assets converted into loans for small French enterprises

France's first-pillar pensions: Embracing the last resort

May 2016 (Magazine)By Gilles Pouzin

Agirc, the second-pillar pension scheme for private sector executives is planning to merge with the employees’ scheme, Arrco

All Pensions in France

Financial Reporting Council (FRC)

LAPFF hits out at UK's Financial Reporting Council

Mon, 27 Feb 2017By

FRC warrants ‘intensive investigation’ from government, argues public pension fund group

Accountancy

FRC plans overhaul of UK corporate governance code

Tue, 21 Feb 2017By

Accounting regulator to act after parliamentary committee completes governance inquiry

Stock price on monitor

Accounting roundup: More illegal dividends unearthed

Wed, 15 Feb 2017By

Dunelm and Hargreaves Lansdown made payments without reporting up-to-date cash balances

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

Accountancy

Accounting roundup: 'illegal' dividends, PIRC, FRC, s172, EFRAG

Mon, 6 Feb 2017By

PIRC’s disputes with FRC continue, and EFRAG hunts for hybrid pension fund experts

All News and Opinions

  • 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

  • Letter from Brussels: Bond market scrutiny

    There has been a flurry of activity and comment from industry groups on the subject of bond market liquidity

  • Letter from Brussels: Uphill battle for CMU

    There is enthusiasm for the EU’s capital market union (CMU) project. However, it faces prodigious obstacles in achieving its 2019 deadline.

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