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

Analysis: Experts warn of bank stress test impact on covered bonds

Thu, 16 May 2019By

ECB’s banking sector stress tests have caused concern among covered bond analysts over the potential impact on the attractiveness of the asset class

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Mandate roundup: Ircantec awards five mandates worth €2.8bn [updated]

Mon, 13 May 2019By

Plus: German church fund awards currency overlay mandate to Metzler; Italian education workers’ scheme shakes up manager line-up; Hampshire hires JP Morgan

Bonn, Germany

German minister demands mandatory workplace pensions

Thu, 9 May 2019By

At pension association aba’s annual conference in Bonn, politicians appear impatient for improved workplace pensions coverage

BaFin in Bonn, insurance and banking supervision site

German supervisor disagrees with EIOPA over IORP inspection cycle

Wed, 24 Apr 2019By

EIOPA issued recommended actions to IORP supervisors in 16 countries after a peer review 

Munich Re's head office in Munich, Germany

Munich Re overhauls German pension provision with 90% guarantee

Wed, 17 Apr 2019By

German reinsurer closes old plans, sets up new pension provision with guarantees below 100%

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Commission launches infringement action against 17 states over IORP II

Tue, 16 Apr 2019By ,

Proceedings launched for “non-communication” of transposition measures after January deadline

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BaFin warning on Pensionskassen was ‘wake-up call’ to sector

Mon, 15 Apr 2019By

Chair of Wacker Chemie Pensionskasse argues that regulatory intervention was ‘beneficial shock’ for some organisations

Generali HQ, Trieste, Italy

Asset manager roundup: Generali backs ex-Pioneer staff’s multi-asset firm

Fri, 12 Apr 2019By

Also: Deutsche Börse buys Axioma in $850m deal; AQR opens Frankfurt office

Henkel bottling factory

German chemicals company de-risks with lump sum payments

Fri, 12 Apr 2019By

Employees respond positively as Henkel offers one-off payment to reduce DB liabilities

Berlin, Germany

BaFin approves sale of Generali life insurance arm to Viridium

Wed, 10 Apr 2019By

Members’ interests “sufficiently safeguarded” in takeover, says supervisor

Heinz-Peter Roß, Viridium Holding

Generali Germany, Viridium ‘confident’ about run-off regulatory approval

Tue, 9 Apr 2019By

Talks with regulator still going on, but executives hopeful of approval ‘before summer’ 

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State pension fund could help ‘anchor’ Germany’s credit rating: Scope

Fri, 5 Apr 2019By

Researchers call on government to use its position as safe haven to finance pension gap 

Netspar to branch out into artificial intelligence, big data

Report lays out plan for German pension dashboard

Thu, 4 Apr 2019By

180-page report by academics and consultancy proves feasibility of cross-pillar information service – if there is political agreement

Frankfurt stock exchange, Deutsche Boerse, Germany

German pension funding stable after challenging 2018

Thu, 28 Mar 2019By

Funding ratio almost unchanged at 67%, according to consultancy’s latest DAX pension finance study

Heribert Karch

Karch to step down as chair of German pension fund association aba

Tue, 19 Mar 2019By

Actuary Georg Thurnes is to replace Karch as head of the occupational pensions group

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German regulator urges take-up of new DC model

Thu, 14 Mar 2019By

Also: Union representative hints at “major project close to completion” involving insurer for new non-guaranteed pension

Frankfurt at sunset

Trio of asset managers target Germany with new offices

Thu, 14 Mar 2019By

Hermes, Unigestion and Nikko Asset Management are all targeting Germany’s €224bn pension market

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German pension schemes tripled use of pooled funds since 2005

Mon, 11 Mar 2019By

Increased securitisation and diversification could lead to “disruptions”, warns Kommalpha

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German social ministry to set up ‘forum’ for new pension plans

Mon, 4 Mar 2019By

Aon survey shows little interest among employees for swapping possible higher returns for guarantees


Lift-off for new Airbus DC scheme in Germany

Fri, 1 Mar 2019By

Since January, 20,000 employees have signed up to the new ‘defined ambition’ arrangements

All Latest Germany News

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Germany: BRSG beyond the new DC plans

April 2019 (Magazine)By

A year into the implementation of Germany’s BRSG law to strengthen occupational pension schemes many legal uncertainties remain

Pensionskassen facing challenges

April 2019 (Magazine)By

The number of insurance-based pension funds on the supervisor’s watchlist is falling. But some providers are in serious trouble

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Pensionsfonds flourish

April 2019 (Magazine)By

Several trends have converged to bolster the popularity of Pensionsfonds

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Pension risk management

April 2019 (Magazine)By ,

Portfolios are facing up to the challenges of the economic environment. But there is still room to improve expected returns

Günther Schiendl

VBV: Exciting possibilities

April 2019 (Magazine)By

Günther Schiendl, CIO of VBV, Austria’s largest pension fund, talks to Barbara Ottawa about the importance of illiquidity and the EU’s sustainable finance initiative

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