Sections

ABP raises premiums again after cover ratio falls to 96%

Related images

  • ABP raises premiums again after cover ratio falls to 96%

Related Categories

NETHERLANDS - The €220bn civil service scheme ABP has again decided to raise its contributions temporarily by 1% to compensate for the drop of its cover ratio to 96%.

The premium increase - to 21.3% of the pensionable salary - will take effect on 1 August and remain in place until the required funding ratio of 105% has been reached, according to the pension fund.


The measure follows ABP's recovery plan, which aims at a funding of 105% at the end of 2013.

It expects to have rebuilt its required financial reserves - equating to a cover ratio of 125% - by 2022.

The civil service scheme raised its contribution temporarily by 3% for recovery reasons over the last six months of 2009 after its cover ratio fell to 89.5% at the end of 2008.

However, the pension fund terminated the measure at 1 January 2010 because it was ahead of its mapped-out recovery.

After its cover ratio hovered between 105% and 100% during the first months this year, it dropped to 96% in May.

ABP attributed the drop to low long-term interest rates, which have to be applied for accounting its liabilities.

According to Jos van Dijk, spokeswoman for ABP, the pension fund has only hedged about 25% of the interest risk on its liabilities.

"As we are an investor for the long term, we don't want to base our policy on present-day interest rates," she said.

"Moreover, a full hedge of the interest risk means it will be more difficult to grant indexation in case of a strong rise of inflation."

According to Arnold Jager of consultant Hewitt Associates, a 1% drop in long-term interest rates increases pension funds' liabilities by 16%.

That said, Jager noted long-term interest rates had increased by 0.5 percentage points in June and now stood at 3.4% and 3.3% for 15-year and 30-year loans, respectively.

 

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

IPE QUEST

Your first step in manager selection...

IPE Quest is a manager search facility that connects institutional investors and asset managers.

  • QN-2503

    Asset class: Equities.
    Asset region: Emerging Markets.
    Size: EUR 30m.
    Closing date: 2019-01-31.

  • QN-2505

    Asset class: Real Estate Core/Core-Plus Multi-sector strategy.
    Asset region: Asia-Pacific.
    Size: $ 50m.
    Closing date: 2019-01-28.

  • QN-2506

    Asset class: Currency Overlay.
    Asset region: Global.
    Size: USD 4 bn..
    Closing date: 2019-02-11.

Begin Your Search Here