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Outlook 2017: Political focus - Europe

December 2016 (Magazine)By ,

Geopolitical tensions look set to be felt across Europe in 2017. Daniel Ben-Ami and Carlo Svaluto Moreolo outline some of the most important

Dutch in first Malta DC set up

Cross-Border Pensions: Dutch in first Malta DC set-up

April 2016 (Magazine)By

Plegt-Vos is the first Dutch company to relocate a defined contribution plan to Malta.Maarten van Wijk reports

Kryenia, Cyprus

​Cyprus pension law puts migrant workers at disadvantage – ECJ

Tue, 26 Jan 2016By

Case brought by European Commission finds republic in breach of EU treaties

Malta

Dutch company becomes first to place pensions with Maltese IORP

Fri, 15 Jan 2016By ,

CFO cites lower costs than standard Dutch DC plan

Greece’s Private Sector: Hope lies in SMEs

November 2015 (Magazine)By

Is the EU a community of states or just a trade organisation structured to stimulate demand in favour of the stronger economies? That existential question can provoke much discussion, but the relationship between the EU and Greece in the years ahead may provide the real answer.

Oia village at Santorini island in Greece

IPE Views: ​Can the EU avoid both Brexit and Grexit?

Mon, 12 Oct 2015By

A lot of fresh thinking is needed to resolve the European Union’s existential crisis, writes Joseph Mariathasan

The Acropolis at sunset (Athens, Greece)

Joseph Mariathasan: Where next after the Greek election?

Mon, 28 Sep 2015By

The re-election of prime minister Alexis Tsipras does not mean the country’s troubles are at an end, warns Joseph Mariathasan

Stock market numbers

Malta warned against compulsory second-pillar savings

Thu, 17 Sep 2015By

Employer group backs introduction of voluntary third-pillar system over compulsory second-pillar system

The Acropolis at sunset (Athens, Greece)

IPE Views: Greece's obstacles to stayin' alive

Mon, 24 Aug 2015By

Joseph Mariathasan debates whether the euro-zone has done enough to stimuate Greek economic growth

Greek tragedy

Greece: When politics becomes theatre

Wed, 8 Jul 2015By

The Greek crisis will be a turning point for Europe, but it is for political leaders and not the ECB to decide in which direction, argues Joseph Mariathasan

The Acropolis at sunset (Athens, Greece)

Greek uncertainty remains key issue, pension funds admit

Mon, 6 Jul 2015By IPE Staff

Asset managers remain concerned about euro-zone exit, impact on long-term investment prospects within region

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Hedge funds hope to salvage Greek gains despite turmoil

Thu, 2 Jul 2015By Christopher O’Dea

Many hedge funds have bet Greek politicians, EU technocrats will avoid Grexit

Turkey: Private fund growth on track

July / August 2015 (Magazine)By Reeta Ilona Paakkinen

The Turkish government is reforming its private pensions system in a bid to boost the country’s savings rate

Cyprus: Hotel Employees Provident Fund

July / August 2015 (Magazine)By

Rachel Fixsen reviews the Cyprus Hotel Employees Provident Fund with Marinos Gialeli, its general manager

Oia village at Santorini island in Greece

ECB to ‘act as backstop’ to protect markets from Greek default contagion

Mon, 29 Jun 2015By

Asset managers call for calm in euro-zone despite expected Greek default

The Acropolis at sunset (Athens, Greece)

Chronicle of a death foretold: But is it Greece or the euro-zone?

Mon, 29 Jun 2015By

The argument must be made that there is a special relationship that ties countries within the EU together, argues Joseph Mariathasan

The European Commission

Malta considers auto-enrolment reform

Tue, 23 Jun 2015By

Report by Pensions Strategy Group says soft compulsion potentially needed if third-pillar reforms fail to boost contribution rates

Oia village at Santorini island in Greece

Greek exit would create 'euro-zone game of Jenga', Natixis warns

Tue, 9 Jun 2015By

Natixis Asset Management says Greek exit could tempt other member states to leave single currency

The Acropolis at sunset (Athens, Greece)

Greece must launch DC pensions as post-crisis reforms bed in, urge actuaries

Mon, 1 Jun 2015By

DC options would let people organise their lives better, according to paper

Grexit and euro-zone ratings

June 2015 (Magazine)By

Greece’s exit from the EU could cause other countries to follow, and ultimately lead to the destruction of monetary union

All Latest Mediterranean News

Pensions In Turkey: Diversification lanes open

June 2016 (Magazine)By Reeta Ilona Paakkinen

Amendments to pension market rules are opening opportunities for pension funds to diversify their portfolios through investments in property and foreign equities. Reeta Paakkinen reports

Regulation: Countdown to auto-enrolment

June 2016 (Magazine)By Reeta Ilona Paakkinen

Turkey is introducing auto-enrolment for private pensions this year, although full details are still to be announced, writes Reeta Paakkinen

All Pensions in The Mediterranean

German pensions: A new not-quite revolution

April 2017 (Magazine)By

The current reforms risk repeating some of the mistakes of the Riester plan. Devolving responsibility to social partners for creating new sector schemes risks passing the buck

Europe: The genie is out of the lamp

April 2017 (Magazine)By

Times have changed since the Society for the German Language chose Alternativlos (without alternative) as its Unwort (literally ‘unword’ or ugliest word) of the year for 2010

Fiduciary managers need more competition

April 2017 (Magazine)By

The review of the UK’s asset management market by the FCA may or may not result in tighter regulation of investment advice. But the regulator would do well to continue focusing on investment consulting firms that offer fiduciary management services

From Our Perspective: Two decades of shifting perspectives

April 2017 (Magazine)

This spring marks 20 years since the first issue of IPE. Our founders Piers Diacre and Fennell Betson started this publication with an assumption that funded pension systems would become more widespread in time, leading to increased diversification and a need for clear, well-researched and well-presented information.

Norges Bank Investment Management: Strategy shift at Europe’s biggest investor

April 2017 (Magazine)By

Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), arguably the world’s most watched institutional investor, is considering adopting a risk-factor approach.

All News and Opinions

  • 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

  • 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

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