Investors missing opportunities in CEE and Greece as niche markets, delegates in Prague told
With the troubled country returning to bond markets, there may finally be reasons to be cheerful in south-east Europe
Biggest scheme in Cyprus also considering African investments
Geopolitical tensions look set to be felt across Europe in 2017. Daniel Ben-Ami and Carlo Svaluto Moreolo outline some of the most important
Plegt-Vos is the first Dutch company to relocate a defined contribution plan to Malta.Maarten van Wijk reports
Case brought by European Commission finds republic in breach of EU treaties
CFO cites lower costs than standard Dutch DC plan
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.
A lot of fresh thinking is needed to resolve the European Union’s existential crisis, writes Joseph Mariathasan
The re-election of prime minister Alexis Tsipras does not mean the country’s troubles are at an end, warns Joseph Mariathasan
Employer group backs introduction of voluntary third-pillar system over compulsory second-pillar system
Joseph Mariathasan debates whether the euro-zone has done enough to stimuate Greek economic growth
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
Asset managers remain concerned about euro-zone exit, impact on long-term investment prospects within region
Many hedge funds have bet Greek politicians, EU technocrats will avoid Grexit
The Turkish government is reforming its private pensions system in a bid to boost the country’s savings rate
Rachel Fixsen reviews the Cyprus Hotel Employees Provident Fund with Marinos Gialeli, its general manager
Asset managers call for calm in euro-zone despite expected Greek default
The argument must be made that there is a special relationship that ties countries within the EU together, argues Joseph Mariathasan
Report by Pensions Strategy Group says soft compulsion potentially needed if third-pillar reforms fail to boost contribution rates
Plus: Sharon Bowles tables questions over regulator’s public body status; FRC launches strategy consultation
IFoA wants to explore how actuaries can help achieve sustainable development goals
Plus: EU bodies want to commission pension fund studies, UK LGPS seeks custodian
Crypto-currencies divide opinions sharply. Some rave about them while others are scathing
Despite the amount of academic research, the theoretical concepts underpinning portfolio management remain the same
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The EU’s securitisation package has finally passed through the European Parliament and Council. However, the new rules will not be applied until January 2019
The EU’s controversial mandate for a radical shake up of financial supervision has received a cool reception from the pensions sector as well as smaller EU members
International investors in the EU have for decades been suffering from woeful dispute settlement proceedings when involved in cases against public authorities
Discussions over the payment of social costs for workers from central and eastern European countries posted temporarily to wealthier EU countries are playing a major role in the attempt to update existing directives
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
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
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
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.
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’
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.
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.
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
Legislation proposing pan-EU personal pension products (PEPPs) could be tabled in 2017, according to the European Commission
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.
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
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
Pressure to clean up the financial sector has led to copious legislation from Brussels.
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.
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
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.