€35.6trn invested in 22 markets, Willis Towers Watson reports, with DC making headway in the UK, Canada and Japan
Compenswiss feels ‘forced’ to increase monthly divestment to meet pension payments
Investor plans to allocate roughly €88m each to Swiss and global passive equity mandates
Parliamentary commission says pension providers cannot alter benefit payments to ease funding pressure
Conference delegates debate individual choice and variable pension payouts at Swiss Pensionskassen
Migros and APK are latest to report overall losses after equity market falls
European rating agency gets Swiss license and appoints new head of digital development
Authority defends the introduction of further risk assessment tools for collective pension funds
A Swiss pension fund is seeking ideas for a potential $4bn (€3.5bn) currency overlay mandate via IPE Quest.
CHF37.6bn pension investor gained from real estate and infrastructure last year
Industry lobby group publishes statements on consultations regarding second pillar interest rate, collective pension schemes and collective investment pools
Canton of Wallis/Valais to close its public Pensionskasse and inject CHF1.35bn
Net investment returns double those of 2016, according to the Bundesamt für Statistik
Swiss asset manager proposes cancelling dividend in wake of outflows
Also: Vontobel restructures; Ministers approve final compenswiss legal status measures
Swiss-instigated initiative gaining traction among broader European investor base
Government aims to promote institutional investment in domestic start-ups but some are unconvinced
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
Talks on the reform of the Swiss first and second pillar have been prolonged by the 2017 rejection of the Altersvorsorge 2020 pac
The reserve fund for Swiss social security is well-equipped to deal with growing deficits
1e pension plans are facing reform. Will this hinder their continued popularity?
Pensionskassen were slow to embrace ESG but many are now committed to integrating sustainable thinking into their strategies
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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
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’