Plus: ERAFP retenders convertible bonds, federal state of Saxony-Anhalt seeks small and mid-cap manager
Newly-named IIP Denmark eyes DKK100bn investment total in two years’ time through opening up to outside investors
Alecta, the country’s largest pension fund, is among 25 founders of non-profit association The Swedish National Advisory Board for Impact Investing
Folksam, AMF and Alecta home in on proposals for traditional guaranteed pensions while industry association says ambiguities in the draft must be addressed
Also: Unigestion targets Nordics expansion with Copenhagen office; Trium Capital buys quant specialist Sabre Fund Management
The Swedish state pension buffer funds’ Council on Ethics gathered major banks and regulators together to discuss recent scandals
Interim report reveals PensionDanmark’s highest ever first-half return, but CEO Torben Möger Pedersen warns of low and negative yields
Study into pension savings identifies decisions made at higher education level that affect salaries and pension outcomes
The Danish academics’ pension fund has analysed the sector and decided to divest stocks worth €86m – and bonds could follow
The Norwegian pension and investment consultancy has sold a 70% stake to Nordic Insurance Consolidation Group
Swedish national pension fund puts chief counsel Teresa Isele in temporary charge of SEK352bn fund
A change to liability calculations for Danish pension providers and insurers has had a significant impact on the companies’ solvency ratios
Deputy chief Ylva Wessén will lead the SEK600bn pension and insurance provider for an interim period
The manager of the €944bn GFPG says the move would give it longer to build up holdings in pre-IPO firms
Danish pensions giant reins in relative risk in its €45bn investment portfolio, eyeing a possible recession on the horizon
GPFG could shift billions out of European stock markets and into the US and Canada if its manager’s recommendations are accepted by government
Sweden’s third AP fund pledges to halve its carbon footprint by 2025 and invest €2.8bn in green bonds
Pension funds will get actuarial services directly from Storebrand from June 2020
Magnus Billing hopes the Swedish Corporate Governance Board will take inspiration from the UK’s FRC after it updated its code of practice last year
Property company Vasakronan, infrastructure group Polhem and residential real estate manager Rikshem have all made senior management appointments in recent days
In its quest for better quant stock selection method, ATP has also reduced its carbon footprint by a quarter
Regulatory developments and the low-interest-rate environment are pushing pension funds to move away from guaranteed schemes
Phase two of Sweden’s premium pension system reform aims to weed out poor investment pension funds and preserve the best
Sweden’s financial markets minister tells Pirkko Juntunen that the government is preparing for comprehensive pension reform
Iceland’s government is preparing for a comprehensive review of pension fund issues
Muted and constrained economic growth, continued low yields and quantitative easing, combined with a poor investment return outlook, loom over Europe’s pension sector.
Although the prospect of a trade war is the tail risk that has most worried fund managers since mid-2018, other potential perils look more threatening
The financial system is facing its greatest challenge since the 2018 financial crisis
Last month, Jerry Moriarty, the chief executive of the Irish Association of Pension Funds, called on the country’s government to appoint a pensions minister
Should those who invest through 401(k) retirement plans have greater access to private equity?
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Describing himself as “the most senior elected Brit in Brussels” and speaking ahead of 29 March when he and the UK’s 72 other MEPs were set to relinquish their mandate in the European Parliament, Syed Kamall is keen to speak about matters other than Europe.
One of the knottier issues in Brussels at the moment is the future of the European supervisory authorities
At 49, Brian Hayes is young man by political standards. Having started in Irish politics early with his appointment to the Irish Senate in the mid 1990s, Hayes was elected to the Dáil, the lower house, before he was 30, taking a seat for the Fine Gail party.
Lieve Wierinck’s main political passion is ensuring the EU takes full practical advantage of Europe’s excellent scientific base
While he derives some satisfaction from advances in green energy and the like, Sven Giegold is unhappy that most global investment can still be classed as environmentally unsustainable.
Are non-peforming loans an investor’s dream come true? Or do they represent immeasurable risks?
Tensions are rising in Brussels as the EU institutional mandate approaches its end ahead of the Parliamentary elections in May 2019, and the Commission has already ceased issuing new proposals in the absence of legislative time.
The race is on to complete the EU’s flagship Capital Markets Union project before the mandates of the Commission and Parliament elapse next year
Another step by Brussels to ease financing to business across the EU comes with measures to facilitate the cross-border distribution of investment funds
PensionsEurope is concerned about a Brexit ‘no deal’ and is calling for negotiators to pay heed to the €3.54trn sector’s interests
Radical upgrades to the EU’s corporate tax base norms have never been so close to fruition
Europe’s asset management industry is lobbying against any mandatory guaranteed default option in the third-pillar PEPP proposal
As the risk of a no-deal Brexit comes into focus, attention is turning to ways to mitigate the damage across financial services, including asset management and pensions
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