All articles by Jan Wagner – Page 12

  • News

    German institutions ‘asset allocations unchanged’


    GERMANY – Insurers and pension funds plan virtually no change to their asset allocation during 2006, meaning that they will remain mostly invested in fixed income, according to a new study unveiled by private equity fund provider CAM.

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    Watsons advises on €1.3bn of mandates in Germany


    GERMANY – Watson Wyatt’s investment consulting arm in Frankfurt says it has advised institutional clients on €1.3bn worth of allocations to asset managers since opening its doors about a year ago.

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    Deutsche names successor to fund head Benkner


    GERMANY – Deutsche Bank has appointed Klaus Kaldemorgen to succeed Axel Benkner as head of its retail fund arm DWS and as such, the de-facto number-two in the bank’s global asset management business.

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    Continental puts €300m pension assets into ETFs


    GERMANY – Auto component maker Continental has confirmed it has invested all €300m in assets from a new external pension fund in exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

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    Academic urges Chilean-style reform for Germany


    GERMANY – A leading economist has called for Germany’s pay-as-you-go state pension system to be replaced by a Chilean-style capital-backed arrangement.

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    Germany may ease hedge fund requirement


    GERMANY – To boost German hedge funds, the government will likely end a Depotbank requirement for the funds, permit them to invest in property and ease investment restrictions on institutions, according to industry players.

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    Allianz merges institutional and retail units


    GERMANY – Allianz Global Investors, which had been selling funds to German institutional investors under the dbi brand name, will, from 2007, abolish that brand as well as the dit brand for its retail funds.

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    Siemens' Swiss pension manager released


    SWTIZERLAND – Roland Rümmeli, the head of investments at Siemens Pensionskasse who was detained last month in connection with the Swissfirst affair, has been set free by authorities in Zurich.

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    German fund association names property head


    GERMANY – Fund industry association BVI has elected Bärbel Schomberg, chief executive of DEGI, as its chief spokeswoman for German real estate funds, including those for retail and institutional clients. The election was held at the weekend.

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    German institutions get governance aid


    GERMANY – US law firm Schiffrin & Barroway is launching a service for German-speaking institutional investors to help them monitor corporate governance at firms where they invest.

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    Germany considers private equity crackdown


    GERMANY – The German government is considering penalising private equity firms which it believes serve little or no macroeconomic purpose as part of an upcoming private equity law, according to deputy finance minister Barbara Hendricks.

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    BGI’s iShares gets Germany head


    GERMANY – Andreas Fehrenbach, the former chief executive of German asset manager Activest, has joined iShares, the exchange traded fund unit of Barclays Global Investors, as its new German head, effective immediately.

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    Fortis sets up SRI centre in Frankfurt


    GERMANY – Asset manager Fortis says it has created a new team in Frankfurt dedicated to socially responsible investing (SRI) amid significant investor demand for SRI in Germany.

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    Deutsche asset chief Benkner to depart


    GERMANY – Axel Benkner, chief executive of Deutsche Bank’s retail fund firm DWS and the de-facto number two in the bank’s global asset management business, has decided to step down, IPE has learned.

  • Features

    All change for the London/Berlin express

    October 2006 (Magazine)

    Listed real estate is looking good but everyone’s holding their breath for German and British REITs. Jan Wagner reports

  • News

    Deutsche fund arms best for pensions - survey


    GERMANY – Institutional fund manager Deutsche Asset Management and its retail sister DWS are best positioned to win pensions business in Germany, according to a new survey of 43 asset managers in that market.

  • Features

    Allocating Pensionskassen assets

    September 2006 (Magazine)

    Just how do these traditional pensions vehicles organise their portfolios? Jan Wagner investigates

  • Features

    Germany prepares for DC era

    September 2006 (Magazine)

    Companies currently offering DB pensions in Germany are set to move over to DC in the near future, writes Jan Wagner

  • News

    Germany seeks to boost hedge fund industry


    GERMANY – The government plans to make it easier for German pension funds to invest in hedge funds in a bid to invigorate the nation’s hedge fund industry, according to deputy finance minister Thomas Mirow.