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Funding at top Dutch schemes improves, but worries about cuts remain

Thu, 19 Jul 2018By

Recovery is slowing down, raising fears that benefits may have to be cut

ING's headquarters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

ING scheme raises hedging to protect inflation-linked payments

Thu, 19 Jul 2018By Sameer van Alfen,

Pension fund also considering hedging interest rate risk on liabilities

ABN-AMRO's head office

Dutch bank scheme incurs loss on catastrophe bonds

Wed, 18 Jul 2018By

ABN Amro scheme posted 2% return for 2017 despite the setback

AkzoNobel office

AkzoNobel scheme ‘doesn’t need €400m cash injection’

Tue, 17 Jul 2018By

Employee representative body argues that cash injection demanded by unions is unnecessary

The UK's DB lifeboat fund has stepped in

UK lifeboat fund bolsters reserves despite record year for claims

Fri, 13 Jul 2018By

The Pension Protection Fund reported a £6.7bn surplus after taking on Carillion, British Steel schemes

Doctor

Medical consultants’ scheme introduces risk management framework

Thu, 12 Jul 2018By

Currency hedge and emerging market equity returns helped SPMS post a 5.2% return for 2017

A view of Zurich, Switzerland

Accounting, de-risking moves bolster Swiss pension plan funding

Wed, 11 Jul 2018By

Liabilities fell by CHF3.6bn while investment returns added CHF900m.

Chemical plant

Unions to strike at AkzoNobel over €400m pension payment demand

Wed, 11 Jul 2018By

Workers want part of the proceeds of the sale of the Specialty Chemicals branch to go to the pension scheme

Voting

UK roundup: £43bn asset pool hires Robeco for engagement mandate

Tue, 10 Jul 2018By ,

Plus: UK DB deficit falls back below £90bn; Engineering institute seals £50m de-risking deal

British Airways scheme in longevity swap deal

British Airways wins court appeal over discretionary pension increase

Thu, 5 Jul 2018By Hugo Greenhalgh

Trustees of Airways Pension Scheme granted leave to appeal to Supreme Court over dispute dating from 2013

Mount Scenery, Saba

Netherlands roundup: Government pays €31m to Caribbean scheme

Tue, 3 Jul 2018By , , , Frank van Alphen

Also: Researchers warn on wealth-related life expectanct gap; Uranium workers’ scheme seeks quick consolidation

Governance at UK pension schemes 'not fit for purpose'

Pension Corporation backs innovative £850m buyout

Mon, 2 Jul 2018By

Three-year project included multiple de-risking elements with free advice for 2,400 members

Cranes

Dutch construction scheme targets self-employed workers

Fri, 29 Jun 2018By

BpfBouw credits currency hedge for 6.6% investment gain in 2017

White cliffs of Dover, England, UK

Survey finds limited support for commercial DB consolidators

Thu, 28 Jun 2018By Hugo Greenhalgh

Willis Towers Watson poll reports trustees are sceptical of the benefits of vehicles like the Pension SuperFund

the netherlands

Dutch midwives’ scheme to apply third consecutive benefits cut

Mon, 25 Jun 2018By

Reduction is outweighed by fixed annual increase of 2%, giving an increase overall

Brexit uncertainty hits UK markets

Banks help FTSE 100 pension deficit fall to just £5bn

Mon, 25 Jun 2018By Hugo Greenhalgh

HSBC, Santander, Barclays and Lloyds all reported a DB surplus for the first time, says Barnett Waddingham

A cold day in London

Willis Towers Watson launches bundled service for DB schemes

Thu, 21 Jun 2018By Hugo Greenhalgh

OneDB combines admin, actuarial and investment services to set schemes on a path to full funding – and, perhaps, consolidation

Night view of Bern and Aare River, Switzerland

Werner Hertzog to leave Berne pension fund in October

Wed, 20 Jun 2018By

Former Aon CEO and ex-head of Publica moves on after good investment year

Toll road infrastructure

Transport scheme divests infrastructure in favour of unlisted property

Tue, 12 Jun 2018By

€25bn Dutch scheme says infrastructure allocation was too small to be effective

PME, PMT hit 100% funding

PMT reports 8.4% gain as rising interest rates reduce liabilities

Tue, 29 May 2018By ,

Metal scheme had set 1.5% goal to aid recovery and reintroduction of indexation

Switzerland

Switzerland’s CHF7bn intergenerational pension problem

Wed, 9 May 2018By

Pensionskassen need more flexibility to address the annual CHF7bn cross-subsidy problem

BaFin in Bonn, insurance and banking supervision site

German regulator scrutinising Pensionskassen ‘run-off’ deals

Tue, 8 May 2018By

More Pensionskassen are interested in such arrangements, according to BaFin

Switzerland

Swiss funding levels fell in Q1 2018 after 1.3% average loss

Fri, 4 May 2018By

Public sector Pensionskassen APK and PKBS post 2017 investment returns in line with market average

Zurich, Switzerland

40,000 Swiss companies to rethink pension plans as AXA restructures

Thu, 12 Apr 2018By

AXA Switzerland ends full-service guaranteed occupational pension offerings

Frankfurt at sunset

German companies paid €13.1bn into pension plans last year

Tue, 20 Mar 2018By

Aggregate funding level now at highest since 2007, according to analysis from Willis Towers Watson

France Paris street

French private sector pension scheme deficit falls to €1.2bn

Fri, 16 Mar 2018By

Invested reserves generated returns of €1.5bn

The Houses of Parliament, London

Accounting roundup: FRC wrongly told companies to pay voluntary levy

Tue, 6 Mar 2018By

Also: IASB seeks fix for IAS 19 anomaly; rule changes could prove difficult in Germany

Glasgow, Scotland

Strathclyde slashes equities to crystallise 2017 gains

Tue, 6 Mar 2018By

Scottish public sector fund eyes “significant” global infrastructure allocation

Caisse des Depots, CDC, Paris, France

French reserve fund gains 7%, targets more impact investments

Fri, 16 Feb 2018By

Impact investing tender to feature in busy year for mandates for FRR

Bern, Switzerland

Swiss roundup: PK Post quits Ethos following governance concerns

Tue, 30 Jan 2018By

Plus: SBB’s Pensionskasse reports 2017 return above benchmark

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