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Nyhavn pier, Copenhagen, Denmark

Change Danish pensions law to allow phased retirement, says Aon

Thu, 20 Apr 2017By

‘Partial pensions’ more effective than higher retirement age in maintaining workforce

ExxonMobil under pressure from Church Commissioners

PKA cuts five oil firms but rejects blanket stance on fossil fuels

Wed, 19 Apr 2017By

Danish pension fund says nuanced approach recognises renewables moves

IMF recommends more supervisory powers for DNB

Dutch roundup: Dentists' scheme eyes tie-up with PFZW

Thu, 6 Apr 2017By ,

Also: Consultant seeks to bring robo-advice to Netherlands; L&G completes sale of Dutch arm to Chesnara

Danish lighthouse

PFA sees bonds, equities as overpriced 'in places' as risks mount

Thu, 6 Apr 2017By

Denmark’s largest commercial pension fund says French election could shake global markets

City Hall, Stockholm, Sweden

AP funds' ethics council backs engagement over divestment

Wed, 5 Apr 2017By

Human rights, biodiversity and anti-corruption were 2016 focus of council overseeing €135bn of public pension assets

Norway View

Nordic roundup: Norway SWF, Dakota pipeline, DNB, JØP/DIP, PBU

Mon, 27 Mar 2017By

Council on Ethics to meet with indigenous people affected by controversial pipeline

PensionDanmark, Danica invest in shipping mandate

PensionDanmark, Danica invest $300m in new ship leasing fund

Mon, 20 Mar 2017By

PensionDanmark introduces new asset class bucket into portfolio to cater for shipping allocation

ExxonMobil under pressure from Church Commissioners

Norway's oil fund faces pressure from Nordic indigenous people over Dakota

Fri, 17 Mar 2017By

Nordic region’s indigenous people, the Sami, voice support for Sioux tribe in US over Trump-backed project

Copenhagen, Denmark

Denmark roundup: ATP cancels major benefits admin contract

Thu, 16 Mar 2017By

Industriens sees gains from high-yield bonds and infrastructure

Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland’s pension funds free to invest abroad as restrictions lifted

Tue, 14 Mar 2017By

Funds indicate they will pace themselves in building up international assets

Salmon prices boost Norway's domestic SWF

Nordic roundup: Salmon price boosts Norway domestic SWF

Wed, 8 Mar 2017By

PenSam posts 8% return in 2016, while Folksam offloads €590m of Swedbank shares

Yngve Slyngstad, CEO, NBIM

NBIM weighs move towards ATP-style risk-factor portfolio approach

Thu, 2 Mar 2017By

New framework for real estate is ‘one step in that direction’, says CEO

Danish houses

Danish regulator calls for 'broad debate' on risk shift to consumers

Wed, 1 Mar 2017By

Big differences in market-rate definition of low, medium, and high risk, says FSA head

Office buildings in Oslo, Norway

Norwegian oil fund rebounds in 2016 but property profit falls

Tue, 28 Feb 2017By

US investments ballooned last year at the expense of European assets

farming agriculture

PensionDanmark posts 7% gain as member numbers return to pre-crisis levels

Tue, 28 Feb 2017By

CEO sees benefits of investments being less coupled to developments in the world economy and equity markets

Stockholm, Sweden

AP1 return doubles in 2016 to 9.3% as property, forex lift result

Fri, 24 Feb 2017By

CEO says shelving of AP Funds reform meant AP1 could ‘seriously and credibly’ focus on strategy

Stockholm, Sweden

Nordic roundup: Sustainable Value Creation, Folksam, KLP, Oslo

Wed, 22 Feb 2017By

Major investors shown to have boosted governance and sustainability practices at Swedish firms

Hans Fahlin, CIO, AP2 Sweden

AP funds struggling with investment restrictions, says AP2 CIO

Wed, 22 Feb 2017By

Buffer funds’ risk taking should be controlled in ‘a more nuanced way’

Ingrid Albinsson, CIO of Sweden's AP7

AP7 eyes diversification with EM, small cap equities

Fri, 17 Feb 2017By

Swedish default pension fund may use green mandates to widen clean-tech exposure

Norway View

Norway slashes SWF’s expected return to 3%

Fri, 17 Feb 2017By

Planned equity allocation of 70% for giant sovereign fund is “acceptable”, says government

All Latest Nordic Region News

boats in bildudalur harbour icelandic funds look to set sail in foreign waters

Pensions in Nordic Region: Iceland - Opportunities abound

December 2016 (Magazine)By

Icelandic funds are looking to step up their foreign exposure now that exchange controls are being lifted. But they are in no rush

Alternative Financing: Making a private judgement call

December 2016 (Magazine)

Can Nordic pension funds use their experience with private equity to build private debt portfolios? Carlo Svaluto Moreolo reports

Denmark: Crossing the pensions divide

December 2016 (Magazine)By

Pension providers are venturing outside their traditional markets, reflecting changing career patterns, writes Rachel Fixsen

Finland: The great public-private transfer

December 2016 (Magazine)

As Finland prepares to transfer responsibility for pension liabilities away from the state towards the private sector, Reeta Paakkinen looks at possible outcomes for provision and contributions

Finland: In-house property focus at Etera

December 2016 (Magazine)By Reeta Ilona Paakkinen

Jukka Reijonen, head of real assets at Etera, the Finnish occupational pension insurance company, talks to Reeta Paakkinen about the fund’s investment portfolio

All Pensions in Nordic Region

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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