EUROPE – Czech pensions reform is the cover story of the new issue of IPE Magazine. Features include Nordic asset management and cash management, alongside a full report of the second annual IPE European pensions awards. The magazine is out soon.

The Czech pensions system is distinguished by a complete rejection of a compulsory second-pillar system and one of the earliest private systems – so finds IPE’s review of the challenges facing the Czech Republic.

A feature on Nordic asset management highlights a rethink on equity strategies taking place in Sweden, Danish reflection on the actions of their supervisors and the Finns’ adaptation to the euro. Also included is a survey of the market players in the Nordic institutional markets and a look a custody services.

The report on the IPE awards, held earlier this month in Amsterdam, contains pictures of all the winners and a full report on the speeches and seminars.

Elsewhere in the magazine are special contributions by, amongst others, executives at JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank.

JP Morgan Fleming Asset Management’s Peter Knight and Neil Ellerbeck discuss risk. “Any product that can reduce risk while enhancing return is likely to become ever more popular – hence the continuing growth in popularity of money market funds,” they say.

Deutsche Bank’s director of derivative sales and portfolio research Nizam Hamid discusses portfolio diversification. “The last two years of dull market performance have made investors increasingly focus on a number of key issues that most impact portfolio diversification,” Hamid says.