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Irish SWF backs clean tech data firm with $5m investment

Tue, 10 Oct 2017By

ISIF invests in floating data centres making use of new water-cooling technology

Ireland: Long path to DB protection

September 2017 (Magazine)By

Politicians seek protection for defined benefit pension schemes that have been wound up

Nestlé's corporate headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland

Nestlé's Dutch scheme sacks in-house funds, drops inflation hedge

Thu, 24 Aug 2017By

Change follows the overhaul of its internal asset management division earlier this year

Ireland

Irish regulator criticises DB schemes' investment strategies

Wed, 16 Aug 2017By

Pensions regulator Brendan Kennedy voices concerns over DB governance and advice

Ireland

Irish DB schemes strengthen funding as reform looms

Tue, 8 Aug 2017By

74% of funds meet regulator’s minimum funding standard, with aggregate industry surplus at €2.7bn

Ireland

Irish sovereign fund gains 2.9% but bank stakes decline

Mon, 31 Jul 2017By

The ISIF committed €522m to Irish companies in 2016 as part of transition to domestic portfolio

PNO Media ramps up allocation to mortgages

Irish publishing group to pay €70m to settle pension dispute

Mon, 24 Jul 2017By

Independent News & Media agrees with trustees to meet deficit payments and wind up DB schemes

Regina Doherty, minister for social protection, Ireland

Ireland removes DB protections from welfare bill

Tue, 18 Jul 2017By

Minister calls for further debate as issues are deemed too complex to take forward

Leinster House

Scrap mandatory retirement, say Irish politicians

Tue, 18 Jul 2017By

Minister urged to review 2012 law changes and remove inequality in state pension payments

DNB to assess Dutch asset management charges

Accounting roundup: FRC, GAAP, IFRS, IASB, S&P

Tue, 11 Jul 2017By

UK’s FRC says more work needed before updating GAAP in line with IFRS changes 

Brussels at night

Aon adds own Irish legacy DB schemes to cross-border IORP

Fri, 30 Jun 2017By

Transfer creates the third country DB section in UnitedPensions vehicle

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

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

uk election result compounds brexit uncertainty

Brexit threat to international accounting standards convergence

Wed, 18 Oct 2017By

Aviva, Legal & General and Prudential urge government to keep local rules in place after Brexit

EIOPA, ECB consult on information gathering

Accounting roundup: Reporting reforms and post-Brexit rules

Mon, 9 Oct 2017By

IASB proposes new financial performance measure; ICAEW calls for maintainance of accounting standards

Accountancy

IASB orders more research into controversial accounting rule changes

Mon, 2 Oct 2017By

UK DB funds could dodge controversial rules by renegotiating scheme rules, say consultants

No DC sugar rush

October 2017 (Magazine)By

There is a strong risk that Germany’s pensions reform becomes neither a stunning success nor a stunning failure, but just adds to the complexity of German workplace pensions

A time for strong nerves

October 2017 (Magazine)By

It is understandable that investors are nervous. Not only are valuations stretched in many markets but there seems to be a significant threat of military conflict

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  • 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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