Aggregate funding level now at highest since 2007, according to analysis from Willis Towers Watson
Stakeholders in German industry-wide pension plans confirm negotiations but say they will not be rushed
Aon researching best-practice models and legal framework for data pooling
Plus: Commission worries, disappoints with proposals on cross-border distribution of funds
Employees need to match employer contributions, Willis Towers Watson says
Two consortia present new models for industry-wide DC plans
Also: IASB seeks fix for IAS 19 anomaly; rule changes could prove difficult in Germany
Universal Investment CEO anticipates consolidation in domestic fund service provider market
Key regulatory issues affecting pensions across the region
Deutsche Asset Management set about trying to conquer the world in the 1990s and 2000s. CEOs have come and gone, as have brands. Another rebrand will follow this month’s planned IPO
New framework is not seen as likely to benefit investors much
Talanx and Zurich consortium in the pipeline as providers anticipate new pension market
The first negotiations on the BRSG in Germany are underway but results might have to wait until 2019
Pensions portal, state pension sustainability, standardised Riester all mentioned in coalition agreement, reports Susanna Rust
€8.9trn of assets were managed in European-domiciled open-ended funds at the end of last year
Change to ‘unconstitutional’ accounting rules getting closer, says Willis Towers Watson
Investment diversification the main motivation for funding pensions from the external vehicle
Insurer wants to streamline occupational pension offering
Higher debt levels at Melrose could affect pension arrangements in UK and Germany, GKN claims
Germany’s discussion on new pension vehicles without guarantees has revealed a much deeper challenge with promises, disappointments and misunderstandings, finds Barbara Ottawa
Verena Menne and Klaus Stiefermann outline concerns about planned reforms to introduce defined contribution pensions to Germany
The reform to introduce pure defined contribution plans is a huge opportunity. But if it does not succeed it may mark the beginning of mandatory corporate pensions
German pension investors continue to diversify their assets against a backdrop of political uncertainty, writes Rachel Fixsen
The latest Willis Towers Watson risk-management study reveals the ongoing challenge that German pension funds face in meeting their liabilities
New rules for BaFin-regulated institutional investors in Germany might appear cap-free, but costs could restrict movement, according to Barbara Ottawa
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As the risk of a no-deal Brexit comes into focus, attention is turning to ways to mitigate the damage across financial services, including asset management and pensions
The EU’s securitisation package has finally passed through the European Parliament and Council. However, the new rules will not be applied until January 2019
The EU’s controversial mandate for a radical shake up of financial supervision has received a cool reception from the pensions sector as well as smaller EU members
International investors in the EU have for decades been suffering from woeful dispute settlement proceedings when involved in cases against public authorities
Discussions over the payment of social costs for workers from central and eastern European countries posted temporarily to wealthier EU countries are playing a major role in the attempt to update existing directives
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
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
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
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.
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’
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.
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.
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
Legislation proposing pan-EU personal pension products (PEPPs) could be tabled in 2017, according to the European Commission
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.
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
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
Pressure to clean up the financial sector has led to copious legislation from Brussels.
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.
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