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Frankfurt at sunset

Investment gains for DAX pensions beat expectations

Wed, 22 Mar 2017By

German funds’ returns and top-up payments helped keep funding level as interest rates fell

Frankfurt stock exchange, Deutsche Boerse, Germany

DAX companies’ liabilities reach record high

Thu, 16 Mar 2017By

German companies’ pension liabilities approach €400bn, but asset increases leave funding position unchanged

bernhard wiesner

German pension pioneer Bernhard Wiesner dies

Wed, 15 Mar 2017By

Winner of IPE’s Outstanding Industry Contribution Award dies in road accident

landscape Berlin

German roundup: pension reform, custodians

Tue, 14 Mar 2017By

Parliament finishes first reading of BRSG; new BVI statistics on custodians

St Martin's cathedral, Mainz, Germany

German province pressured to tackle 'pension lie'

Thu, 9 Mar 2017By

Court and opposition parties criticised hidden government debt increase through reserves for civil servants

Stock market returns

European pension deficits widened in 2016

Thu, 9 Mar 2017By

Moody’s warns that rising interest rates will not resolve ‘structural’ deficits

Liege Belgium

Consolidation roundup: Bank pensions join industry schemes

Fri, 3 Mar 2017By ,

Artesia Bank moves pension from Netherlands to Belgium; Barclays shifts German pension to BVV

German government says no to guarantees, insurance exemption

Thu, 2 Mar 2017By

Changes to the new pension law proposed by Bundesrat rejected

Amsterdam at night

Aon Hewitt Netherlands to refocus on fiduciary management

Wed, 22 Feb 2017By

Consultancy is also weighing up options for its administration business

Frankfurt

Master KVG providers 'underestimating cost awareness', says Telos

Tue, 21 Feb 2017By

76% of German investors see costs as important selection criteria – but they are not the top concern

Frankfurt stock exchange, Deutsche Boerse, Germany

Germany corp gov code to emphasise investor responsibility

Wed, 15 Feb 2017By

Commission responsible for the code has decided on amendments to the code and its preamble

Berlin sunset

German finance groups outsource record level of pension liabilities

Tue, 14 Feb 2017By

BVV collected more than €100m in one-off payments from employers seeking to offload book reserve pension schemes

Handshake

Wednesday people roundup

Wed, 8 Feb 2017By IPE Staff

Kempen, Altis, RPMI Railpen, Allianz, Hermes, Lazard, Columbia Threadneedle, Quaero Capital, Insight Investment, Morgan Stanley, MSCI

Germany Bundesrat outside view

Germany's corporate pension funds oppose latest reform proposal

Mon, 6 Feb 2017By

VFPK warns of ‘fatal’ consequences for savers if government allows guarantees for new industry pension plans

Metalworkers' pension scheme

MetallRente rewards new clients with 3.35% interest rate

Wed, 1 Feb 2017By

Collective pension fund for metal industry gains record number of new entries in 2016

Germany: A disappointing revolution

February 2017 (Magazine)By

The government is opening the door to pension plans that will lighten the burden on companies, yet the pensions industry is still dissatisfied, Barbara Ottawa reports

Berlin, Germany

German discount rate disparity seen as ‘unconstitutional’

Tue, 31 Jan 2017By

Mercer says unchanged discount rate for tax purposes is a barrier to expansion of occupational pension provision 

Berlin, Germany

Pension coverage falling among German companies

Tue, 31 Jan 2017By

Government releases data showing employers and employees blaming each other for lack of pension plans

Credit Suisse - Frankfurt

German asset managers 'overcharging' institutional investors, study shows

Mon, 30 Jan 2017By

German consultancy Faros publishes insight into opaque institutional fee market

Some investors are reducing their exposure to industries that produce carbon as a byproduct

Carbon bubble 'will hurt German institutions most', say advisers

Fri, 27 Jan 2017By

New studies show carbon-related market downturn is underestimated but investors can help reach environmental goals

All Latest Germany News

Pensions in Germany: The joys of negative rates

April 2016 (Magazine)By

German pension investors are boxed in. With the prospect of negative 10-year Bund yields, they are forced to expand their fixed-income exposure

Corporate Pensions: A shift in risk perception

April 2016 (Magazine)

Corporate pension schemes need to change the status quo in terms of governance and implementation if they are to meet their goals, writes Nigel Cresswell

Domestic Accounting: Discounting the future

April 2016 (Magazine)By

The new discount rate to be applied to pension liabilities under German accounting standards simply postpones a serious problem

Domestic Accounting: A half-hearted compromise

April 2016 (Magazine)

Thomas Hagemann reviews changes to the discount rate methodology applied by corporates to calculate pension liabilities

Investment Tax Reform: A simplification gone wrong

April 2016 (Magazine)By

The investment industry has successfully lobbied against many new requirements in the investment tax reform law. Barbara Ottawa says it might not be so fortunate in the future

All Pensions in Germany

  • 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

  • Letter from Brussels: Bond market scrutiny

    There has been a flurry of activity and comment from industry groups on the subject of bond market liquidity

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