New rules coming into effect in August will expand investment foundations’ opportunities, including higher equity allocations and access to alternative assets
Legislation drafted in response to NGO campaign will be debated in the lower house of Switzerland’s parliament this week
Sustainable investments volume increased by 50% across Germany, Austria and Switzerland, says FNG
Investor is seeking to implement an equity protection strategy across global developed and emerging markets as well as domestic Swiss equities
Also: Exclusions lead sustainable investment surge in Switzerland; EIOPA consults on climate change and Solvency II; UK minister says schemes ‘doing the right thing’ on climate change
Pension fund association Asip has supported plans to overhaul the country’s rules on fees paid to brokers for promoting second-pillar funds
A plan worth CHF4.4bn will take the Swiss canton’s public pension scheme to a funding level of 75%, but without a DB to DC shift
Proposal, which was linked to corporate tax reform, foresees an extra CHF2bn (€1.8bn) annually for state pension plan from 2020
The Swiss asset owner wants to invest CHF130m across two actively managed strategies, according to IPE Quest searches
The average funding ratio of Swiss Pensionskassen declined by more than 5 percentage points during 2018 after the fourth-quarter equity crash
CPEG is anxious about a May referendum that could pave the way for much-needed financing
Strategy should cut out absolute downside risk
CHF16.6bn fund loses 3.3% in 2018, roughly in line with market average
BLPK says move is – at least in part – in response to external expectations
Arguments against default exclusion in mainstream indices ‘do not stand up’, argues Noël Amenc
Independent ethics adviser granted mandate by major occupational Swiss pension fund
€35.6trn invested in 22 markets, Willis Towers Watson reports, with DC making headway in the UK, Canada and Japan
The Swiss pension system needs reform but consent is needed in a federal referendum. Have politicians learnt from campaigning during the rejected Altervorsorge 2020 proposals?
The Swiss second pillar has become too complex and lost sight of its original principle of employer patronage towards employees
The globalisation of asset management means that Swiss managers have to broaden their product range and service different regulatory regimes
ESG is still an unpopular investment strategy in Switzerland. How will it overcome this lack of enthusiasm?
Swiss pension funds have coped well with the financial crisis, but appearances can be deceptive
Illiquid investments should appeal to pension funds because of their long-term benefits, but are opportunities equal?
Swiss longevity assumptions have substantial effects on key technical figures in Pensionskassen
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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