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Leinster House

Irish schemes face new funding requirements in pensions bill

Fri, 12 May 2017By

Department of Social Protection wants to bring in strict timetable for funding agreements

Brexit

How Brexit could affect investment fund 'passports'

Wed, 29 Mar 2017By

Existing passporting rules for fund domiciles should keep disruption to a minimum, experts say

Leinster House

Ireland opposition party seeks protection for DB schemes

Thu, 16 Feb 2017By

Government wants to close loophole allowing sponsors to abandon underfunded schemes

Forest

Irish sovereign wealth fund backs forestry portfolio launch

Fri, 3 Feb 2017By

€55m to go towards fund targeting more timber supply, with European Investment Bank also involved

Ireland's ISIF moves closer to fossil fuel divestment

Ireland seeks fossil fuel divestment for €8bn SWF

Tue, 31 Jan 2017By

Proponent of bill claims ISIF lost €100m in three years from exposure to fossil fuel price swings

Dublin, Ireland

Irish roundup: AIB, Fianna Fáil, Pensions Authority, Bord na Móna

Fri, 20 Jan 2017By

State-owned AIB agrees pay and pensions deal with union; Fianna Fáil tables pensions law amendment

Dublin, Ireland

Irish sovereign fund invests in online sales platform

Wed, 18 Jan 2017By

Firm pledges to establish new office as part of investment by sovereign development fund

Martello tower, Dublin

Ireland Strategic Investment Fund commits €30m to SME lender

Mon, 28 Nov 2016By

Sovereign wealth fund to take 32% stake in Finance Ireland

Ireland

Irish pension fund deficits soar to €6.8bn

Thu, 17 Nov 2016By

Quantitative easing, Brexit and corporate bond yields all contribute to combined shortfall

DNA

Ireland's sovereign fund backs €40m life sciences investment

Tue, 1 Nov 2016By

ISIF investment will see creation of research centre, employing 150 staff

Four Courts, Dublin

Irish regulator urged to tackle risk of master-trust monopolies

Mon, 31 Oct 2016By

Irish industry association, consumer group back regulation to avoid monopolies

Martello tower, Dublin

Ireland's IAPF calls for rethink on defined benefit funding calculation

Thu, 6 Oct 2016By

Chief executive says action on universal pension has also been ‘parked for too long’

Dublin, Ireland

Irish insurers back auto-enrolment reform, call for 10% contributions

Wed, 14 Sep 2016By

Industry group draws inspiration from New Zealand, Australia

Ireland: Desire for progress, lack of action

September 2016 (Magazine)By

Ireland is on the verge of radical pension reform, with the government and regulator laying the groundwork for a defined contribution future

Customs building, Dublin, Ireland

​Irish association questions new trustee qualification thresholds

Tue, 19 Jul 2016By

IAPF questions two-year experience threshold included in Pensions Authority’s wide-ranging consultation

Dublin, Ireland

Irish regulator proposes 'rationalisation' of local pensions market

Tue, 19 Jul 2016By

Pensions Authority sets out reform proposals ahead of submission to government in late 2016

Dublin, Ireland

Bank of Ireland sees deficit increase by €460m on back of Brexit

Thu, 14 Jul 2016By

Bank sees deficit of country’s largest DB funds nearly double in wake of vote

The Dáil, Ireland's Parliament, in Dublin

Irish government pledges €1bn a year for new sovereign fund

Fri, 24 Jun 2016By

Proposed ‘rainy day’ fund could be supported by funding from existing sovereign development fund

Philip Shier

Former OPSG chair Shier to retire from Aon Hewitt after 33 years

Wed, 8 Jun 2016By

Industry veteran to take up role with Society of Actuaries in Ireland

Stock market numbers

SEC charges former State Street employee for fraud

Tue, 17 May 2016By

US regulator files case against Ross McLellan for engaging in $20m fraud 

All Latest Ireland News

funds still under pressure

Pensions In Ireland: Funds still under pressure

February 2017 (Magazine)By

Gail Moss assesses the effect of two new regulations on the asset allocation of Irish pension funds in a continuing low-yield environment

Pension Challenges: Sustainability key to survival

February 2017 (Magazine)

James Kavanagh says visionary thinking is needed to meet Ireland’s pension challenges

DB Pensions: Deficits are still a problem

February 2017 (Magazine)

Mick O’Byrne looks at the accounting deficits of Irish defined benefit pension schemes

Pension Reform: The risks of procrastination

February 2017 (Magazine)By

Since 2010, successive governments have proposed, or at least hinted at, sweeping pension reform. But this could finally become a reality in 2017, as the regulator publishes a report on the market, finds Jonathan Williams

Ireland Strategic Investment Fund: Top marks for achievement

February 2017 (Magazine)By

Ireland’s sovereign development fund is fully established and building up a sizeable and diverse portfolio

All Pensions in Ireland

Sterling

Accounting roundup: Discounting, ClientEarth, FTSE 350 audits

Tue, 27 Jun 2017By

No change to foreign currency discounting; environmental lawyer flags up BoE climate change concerns

Glencore coal mine

Accounting roundup: BP, Glencore under pressure on climate change

Fri, 2 Jun 2017By

Also: IASB puts pension accounting project on hold but presses on with new reporting standards for insurers

Perpetuum mobile

June 2017 (Magazine)By

The Dutch people are used to drawn out pension reform

Politics needs a longer lens

June 2017 (Magazine)By

It is necessary to come to terms with the end of left and right

Lending risks are exaggerated

June 2017 (Magazine)By

Patient investors will benefit from an exposure to alternative credit

All News and Opinions

  • 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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