UK & Netherlands - Investment & Pensions Europe is delighted to announce the launch of IPE Netherlands. The first edition of the new quarterly publication is being dispatched to IPE readers today.

The publication of IPE Netherlands is a landmark step in the development of IPE, says publisher Piers Diacre. “We decided to take this step given the pace of change in the Dutch pensions marketplace, and the leadership role that the Netherlands has in the European pensions context.”

IPE Netherlands will provide comprehensive coverage of the Dutch scene, making it essential reading for both Dutch and the many non-Netherlands-based readers who want to follow developments there.

“Our aim is to cover the Dutch market comprehensively, analysing in depth what is happening, explaining the implications and obtaining reactions from across the pensions industry,” says IPE editor Fennell Betson. “This coverage will build on what we currently do in IPE and on our daily newsline service,”

In this first issue, Dutch pension funds give their very definite views of the Staatsen Commission and what it could mean for them, as well as the Tabaksblat Committee proposals on governance, fair value, and the new solvency requirements.

The Ministry of Social Affairs gives a candid account of what it perceives the pensions industry needs to do to avoid further legislation, while the head of the pensions and insurance regulator, the PVK’s Dirk Wittenveen assesses where the industry is headed.

The trade unions’ take on what is happening to pensions schemes and how they may react if events take a turn they do not like is discussed in detail. The three main associations, covering the industry-wide, company and professional occupational plans, give their views about market and regulatory developments, and IPE Netherlands looks at different moves to enhance the understanding of pensions issues among the Dutch public, including school children!

In addition, IPE Netherlands reports on the asset management industry’s views and gives the latest market figures for some 50 managers active in the market.