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Towards a unified regime

May 2017 (Magazine)By Gilles Pouzin

A two-sided reform appears to have saved Agirc-Arrco, which is soon to become a unified regime, writes Gilles Pouzin. But the new national president will lead the direction of further reforms

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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

Paris sunset

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

Blue skies on a sunny day

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

Paris sunset

ESG roundup: French association addresses presidential candidates

Tue, 21 Mar 2017By

Plus: Responsible investing becoming more important for alternative investment management

Bullets, weapons, munition

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

Dutch Parliament buildings in the Hague, the Netherlands

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%

Paris at sunset

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 

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

All Latest France News

Towards a unified regime

May 2017 (Magazine)By Gilles Pouzin

A two-sided reform appears to have saved Agirc-Arrco, which is soon to become a unified regime, writes Gilles Pouzin. But the new national president will lead the direction of further reforms

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

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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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