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Peter Hadasch

Former Nestlé pension chief Hadasch dies at 64

Wed, 18 Oct 2017By

Peter Hadasch, co-founder and board member at VFPK, planned to retire in November

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2023 'too early' for verdict on German pension reform

Tue, 17 Oct 2017By

Willis Towers Watson to launch index to track development of occupational pensions post-BRSG

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German election: Merkel's coalition partners could shape EU relations

Fri, 22 Sep 2017By

Polls point to fourth term for chancellor Angela Merkel, with talk of new coalition partners

Museum of Art History, Vienna

Funded pensions must prop up first pillar as wages stagnate: Rürup

Wed, 20 Sep 2017By

German pensions expert warns against either/or approach to pay-as-you-go and funded systems

Berlin sunset

BRSG: DC plans to strengthen German system, says WTW

Wed, 13 Sep 2017By

Analysis of future developments of German funded pensions under new legal framework

BaFin in Bonn, insurance and banking supervision site

German regulator giving ‘high priority’ to new DC plans

Mon, 4 Sep 2017By

Encourages collective bargaining parties, providers, to get in touch 

Germany: Germany goes DC

September 2017 (Magazine)By

The German parliament has passed one of the most comprehensive pension reform bills in the country’s history – rendering a complex system even more intricate

New Zealand

ESG roundup: NZ Super, Erste, Trucost

Thu, 17 Aug 2017By Florence Chong,

Also: Austrian manager excludes carmakers; Trucost launches carbon pricing tool

Frankfurt at sunset

Discount rates boost German pension funding levels

Wed, 16 Aug 2017By

Willis Towers Watson calculates better funding rate but urges reviews of current plans

Vienna, Austria

DACH roundup: Austrian energy company sells pension fund

Fri, 14 Jul 2017By ,

Even fewer company-operated Pensionskassen remain in Austria

Berlin sunset

Coast clear for first German pure DC plans from 2018

Mon, 10 Jul 2017By

Major pensions legislation will become effective after being passed by Bundesrat

Berlin sunset

German insurance-based pension funds sceptical about BRSG

Tue, 4 Jul 2017By

Only a quarter believe introducing DC to Germany will provide opportunities for their businesses

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Joseph Mariathasan: The changing face of emerging markets

Mon, 3 Jul 2017By

Extreme political risk is usually seen as a characteristic of emerging markets rather than developed

andreas kretschmer

Interview: Andreas Kretschmer, former CEO of Ärzteversorgung Westfalen-Lippe

July / August 2017 (Magazine)By

When Andreas Kretschmer was recruited to the pension fund for doctors in the German province of Westfalen-Lippe (ÄVWL) in 1992, he did not know much about pensions. But that was the whole point

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

All Latest Germany News

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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

  • Letter From Brussels: Pension rights for posted workers

    Discussions over the payment of social costs, including pension rights, for a large cohort of employees from central and eastern European countries posted temporarily to work in wealthier EU countries are playing a major role in the attempt to update the existing Posting of Workers Directives

  • Letter from Brussels: Tax threatens PEPP proposal

    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

  • Letter from Brussels: Reboot for Capital Markets Union

    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

  • Letter from Brussels: 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.

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