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ERAFP plans €50m low carbon equity fund investments

Fri, 19 May 2017By

Fund selection was inspired by performance on a virtual asset management platform 

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ESG integration helps returns, volatility: State Street survey

Thu, 4 May 2017By Frank van Alphen

80% of institutional investors were satisfied or very satisfied with returns from ESG-tilted allocations

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Wider proxy voting scope behind Candriam 2016 activity 'surge'

Tue, 25 Apr 2017By

Candriam doubled its company meetings last year, while French asset managers expanded their international activity

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Mandate roundup: Ircantec on the hunt for dedicated transition manager

Tue, 25 Apr 2017By IPE Staff

Plus: NEST renews proxy voting contract, SP Forbo extends MN fiduciary contract

Emmanuel Macron, presidential candidate for En Marche!

Opinion: No going back for France

Mon, 24 Apr 2017By

IPE deputy editor Daniel Ben-Ami on the new-look politics of Europe’s second-most populous country

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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

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France publishes FRPS rules for insurer pension funds

Mon, 10 Apr 2017By

New law sets out rules governing ‘fonds de retraite professionelle supplémentaire’ to free up insurers’ assets

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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 

Amundi teams up with French energy agency

Asset manager roundup: Amundi teams up with energy agency

Mon, 3 Apr 2017By IPE Staff

Plus: CFA study puts industry at ‘existential crossroads’, iM Square targets growth

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French private sector schemes cut deficit with €2bn investment gain

Fri, 24 Mar 2017By

Pension reserve funds due to merge in bid to tackle funding deficit

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ESG roundup: French association addresses presidential candidates

Tue, 21 Mar 2017By

Plus: Responsible investing becoming more important for alternative investment management

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ESG round-up: Swiss association recommends arms company exclusions

Fri, 17 Mar 2017By

Plus: AMP Capital decides divestments under new ethical framework, Ircantec coal exit update, PRI proxy voting declaration system

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Fund managers relieved as Rutte triumphs in Dutch elections

Thu, 16 Mar 2017By

Netherlands expected to get a centre-right government coalition, but negotiations likely to be drawn out

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France's FRR nets 5% gain through EM, high yield, equity

Fri, 3 Mar 2017By

Pension reserve fund’s return-seeking portfolio returns 8.2%, hedging portfolio 3.1%

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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 

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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 

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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

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French pension reserve fund awards private placement mandates

Tue, 24 Jan 2017By

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

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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

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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

All Latest France News

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Pensions In France: Why make it simple?

May 2017 (Magazine)By

French pension schemes are up in arms over plans for a decree they say imposes harmful constraints on how they manage their assets. Susanna Rust reports

Asset Allocation: A diversification call

May 2017 (Magazine)By

Gail Moss writes that French pension providers are looking to diversify their asset allocation to counter political and economic uncertainty

Ircantec raises risk profile

May 2017 (Magazine)By

Appointing an overlay manager is the corollary of a new strategic asset allocation at the €9.8bn French public sector scheme. Susanna Rust reports

All Pensions in France

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IFoA pushes environmental issues higher up actuarial agenda

Tue, 16 May 2017By

UK actuarial association issues ‘Risk Alert’ on climate change

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UK scheme surplus rules causing concern for sponsors: KPMG

Fri, 5 May 2017By

Poll of pension scheme sponsors finds average discount rate has hit negative level after inflation

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Companies bow to pressure group over climate-change disclosures

Wed, 3 May 2017By

Regulator criticised for lack of transparency over negotiations with two oil and gas companies

Transition problems

May 2017 (Magazine)By

The travails of defined benefit pension schemes and insurers are well known as they seek to meet liabilities made in previous decades in today’s ultra-low-rate environment

Creative destruction is needed

May 2017 (Magazine)By

The current vogue for optimism about the prospects for the developed economies is overdone. There may be a slight cyclical upturn but its significance is limited

All News and Opinions

  • 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.

  • 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

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