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Insurer seeks ‘evergreen’ private equity, infra funds via IPE Quest [updated]

Wed, 14 Aug 2019By IPE Staff

A total of $80m is up for grabs in two separate tenders being conducted by a Swiss consultant

ABN-AMRO's head office

ABN Amro scheme expects ‘limited effects’ from Brexit

Wed, 14 Aug 2019By

The €29bn pension fund sees market volatility, declining sterling and the ability to settle transactions as big risks, and has analysed suppliers’ ability to continue through multiple Brexit scenarios

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Swiss investor hunts for private equity manager via IPE Quest

Tue, 6 Aug 2019By IPE Staff

The unnamed pension fund is seeking bottom-up managers for a $5m-$10m mandate, while two more mandate searches are closing this week


CERN gains from real estate revaluations to post 1.3% 2018 return

Wed, 17 Jul 2019By ,

Northern Trust’s appointment as custodian helped address an ‘operational constraint’ in real asset investments for the scientific research institute’s pension fund

Swiss francs

GAM completes wind-up of suspended absolute return bond funds

Tue, 16 Jul 2019By

Investors due to receive equivalent to an “average” of 100.5% of portfolio value after a 10-month process to liquidate the CHF7.3bn fund range

Bern, Switzerland

Swiss government sets out state pension reform plans for autumn debate

Tue, 9 Jul 2019By

Parliament to decide in the autumn on proposed increase to women’s retirement age, new first pillar funding and other reform measures

Basel, Switzerland

Switzerland edges closer to cutting conversion rate

Thu, 4 Jul 2019By

Swiss employer representatives and unions have agreed on a reform package including changes to second-pillar pension law BVG/LPP

The Matterhorn

Swiss pension fund looks to allocate more than €3bn to EMD, high yield

Wed, 3 Jul 2019By IPE Staff

An unnamed Swiss investor has launched six manager searches for active and passive fixed income allocations

Finma sign Swiss financial markets regulator

New fund category to boost Swiss marketplace moves a step closer

Mon, 1 Jul 2019By

The Swiss government has launched a consultation on legislative changes that would allow certain funds to be offered without prior authorisation

Basel, Switzerland with Rhine and Middle Bridge

Swiss cabinet to form sustainable finance working group

Fri, 28 Jun 2019By

Assessments by inter-departmental working group to inform decisions about potential financial market regulation

Zurich at night

Pension fund ESG integration ‘dangerous’, claims economist

Fri, 28 Jun 2019By

Economist Henrique Schneider splits the audience at a Swiss conference by speaking out against sustainable investment as a fiduciary duty

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Swiss pension vehicles secure greater investment flexibility

Tue, 25 Jun 2019By

New rules coming into effect in August will expand investment foundations’ opportunities, including higher equity allocations and access to alternative assets

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Investors urge support for Swiss human rights due diligence law

Wed, 12 Jun 2019By

Legislation drafted in response to NGO campaign will be debated in the lower house of Switzerland’s parliament this week

Vienna at night

German, Swiss and Austrian investors report spike in ESG investments

Tue, 4 Jun 2019By

Sustainable investments volume increased by 50% across Germany, Austria and Switzerland, says FNG

The Matterhorn

Swiss pension fund exploring options for CHF2.1bn equity overlay strategy

Tue, 4 Jun 2019By IPE Staff

Investor is seeking to implement an equity protection strategy across global developed and emerging markets as well as domestic Swiss equities

London Stock Exchange Group

ESG roundup: LSE buys analytics provider Beyond Ratings

Mon, 3 Jun 2019By

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 

middle bridge basel switzerland

Swiss authorities consider ban on pension broker commission

Wed, 29 May 2019By

Pension fund association Asip has supported plans to overhaul the country’s rules on fees paid to brokers for promoting second-pillar funds

All Latest Switzerland News


Switzerland: In need of a reformist zeal

December 2018 (magazine)By

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?

Werner Hug: Less complexity, more solidarity

December 2018 (magazine)By

The Swiss second pillar has become too complex and lost sight of its original principle of employer patronage towards employees

proportion of asset managers by investment strategy

Asset Management: Fit for purpose

December 2018 (magazine)By

The globalisation of asset management means that Swiss managers have to broaden their product range and service different regulatory regimes

ESG: Still the ugly duckling

December 2018 (magazine)By

ESG is still an unpopular investment strategy in Switzerland. How will it overcome this lack of enthusiasm?

Risk Management: Is everything still good?

December 2018 (magazine)By

Swiss pension funds have coped well with the financial crisis, but appearances can be deceptive

Illiquid Investments: Challenges ahead

December 2018 (magazine)By

Illiquid investments should appeal to pension funds because of their long-term benefits, but are opportunities equal? 

Mortality: How a year makes a difference

December 2018 (magazine)By

Swiss longevity assumptions have substantial effects on key technical figures in Pensionskassen

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