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Scarcity value: lack of bond supply further erodes ECB’s effectiveness index

Time to start thinking about interest rate rises: Aegon

Tue, 27 Jun 2017By

Expected increase will cause ‘considerable damage’ to portfolios of euro-denominated government bonds

Bullets, weapons, munition

ESG roundup: Publica, North Rhine-Westphalia, AP2

Mon, 19 Jun 2017By

Swiss and German funds take action to divest from companies; AP2 backs Dutch housing bond

Frankfurt at sunset

80% of German institutions 'have no exposure to alternatives'

Fri, 16 Jun 2017By

Illiquidity, regulation, and costs all cited as hurdles to diversification, according to survey of Spezialfonds investors

Museum of Art History, Vienna

Institutional investors expect ‘lower forever’ bond yields

Thu, 15 Jun 2017By

Yields will remain low – but even a small upturn can hurt institutions, conference hears

Museum of Art History, Vienna

German and Swiss investors diverge on alternatives strategies

Mon, 12 Jun 2017By

Diversification of alternatives portfolios is important, but not always possible, conference hears

Museum of Art History, Vienna

DB 'can still play a role for years to come' despite rise of DC

Fri, 9 Jun 2017By

Debate covers future of DB, DC, and hybrid plans in Austria, Germany and the Netherlands at conference in Vienna

landscape Berlin

German pension law passes despite Green party opposition

Fri, 2 Jun 2017By

Betriebsrentenstärkungsgesetz to take effect from 2018; new insurance platform launched

Solar panels

German investors warm to ESG, but barriers remain

Wed, 31 May 2017By

Union Investment survey shows increased use of sustainable investment strategies

Cupola on top of the Reichstag, Berlin

German pension reform back on track after coalition agreement

Tue, 30 May 2017By

Reform will include ban on guarantees for any new defined contribution plans

Bafin Frankfurt

German regulator to hold Brexit workshop for UK asset managers

Thu, 25 May 2017By

Workshop aimed at UK-based managers thinking about relocating to Germany

BaFin in Bonn, insurance and banking supervision site

Eight Pensionskassen fail German regulator’s stress test

Fri, 19 May 2017By

Vast majority of supervised Pensionkassen considered to have sufficient ‘risk-bearing capacity’

aba conference banner

German minister optimistic despite pension reform headwinds

Thu, 11 May 2017By

Draft pension reform law is encountering headwinds on the home straight

Reflection ESG tree

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

ECB (inauguration of art on site)

ECB's planned pension fund reporting requirements criticised

Wed, 26 Apr 2017By Frank Schnattinger

German pension funds raise concerns about additional costs with little gain

EU flags

Germany’s aba criticises EIOPA pan-European DC survey

Thu, 13 Apr 2017By

EIOPA says it welcomes all comments submitted – ‘many positive but also negative’

Pretzels Bavaria

Bavarian foundation seeks equity fund managers via IPE Quest

Thu, 6 Apr 2017By IPE Staff

Non-leveraged market neutral and long/short fund managers are sought

Andreas Kretschmer, outgoing chairman, AVWL

New leadership at German doctors' scheme ÄVWL

Tue, 4 Apr 2017By

After 25 years Kretschmer steps down as head of ÄVWL

BMW opposes 'mandatory' membership of industry-wide pension funds

BMW opposes 'mandatory' membership of industry-wide schemes

Thu, 30 Mar 2017By

Other large German companies are waiting for the outcome of the country’s reform debate

landscape Berlin

The future of Germany's on-book pension reserves

Wed, 29 Mar 2017

Companies call on government to ease fiscal burden on pension funds held directly on company balance sheets

Berlin, Germany

PensionsEurope calls for ‘legislative calm’ until IORP II review

Tue, 28 Mar 2017By

Single-scenario stress test to be launched mid-May, EIOPA confirms

All Latest Germany News

timetable for germanys pension reform law

Pensions In Germany: Draft law under discussion

April 2017 (Magazine)By

Germany’s discussion on new pension vehicles without guarantees has revealed a much deeper challenge with promises, disappointments and misunderstandings, finds Barbara Ottawa 

Aba: DC and auto-enrolment, German style

April 2017 (Magazine)

Verena Menne and Klaus Stiefermann outline concerns about planned reforms to introduce defined contribution pensions to Germany

A long-awaited reform: Allianz Global Investors

April 2017 (Magazine)

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

Asset Allocation: Uncertainty focuses minds

April 2017 (Magazine)By

German pension investors continue to diversify their assets against a backdrop of political uncertainty, writes Rachel Fixsen

Asset Allocation: Investors embrace change

April 2017 (Magazine)

The latest Willis Towers Watson risk-management study reveals the ongoing challenge that German pension funds face in meeting their liabilities

Regulation: Costs not caps

April 2017 (Magazine)By

New rules for BaFin-regulated institutional investors in Germany might appear cap-free, but costs could restrict movement, according to Barbara Ottawa 

All Pensions in Germany

  • 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.

  • 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

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