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 Bridge over canal in Amsterdam

Experts propose Dutch discount rate linked to GDP growth

Wed, 21 Jun 2017By

The so-called ‘ETK’ would be directly linked to salaries and general economic health

Dorset, England

UK regulator suggests new scheme-sponsor separation mechanism

Mon, 19 Jun 2017By

Separation could be based on scheme viability rather than employer insolvency

London eye

UK pensions lifeboat fund to expand portfolio insourcing

Thu, 15 Jun 2017By

Pension Protection Fund expects assets under management to grow to £32bn by 2020

White cliffs of Dover, England, UK

UK roundup: FTSE100 companies' DB liabilities up £100bn in 2016

Thu, 15 Jun 2017By

Plus: Fiduciary management, investment performance measurement mandates

Pounds sterling

Dividend increases outstripping deficit payments: UK regulator

Wed, 14 Jun 2017By

TPR releases data contextualising call for balance between dividends and deficit reduction contributions

Stock market returns

UK election: Rising interest rates could help cut DB liabilities

Fri, 9 Jun 2017By

Public spending boosts aimed at wooing voters could end up helping underfunded pension schemes

PNO Media ramps up allocation to mortgages

PNO Media ramps up mortgage allocation to 12%

Thu, 8 Jun 2017By

Pension fund repositions property portfolio in favour of residential and retail

Sterling

UK schemes failing to plan for cashflow negative future: survey

Tue, 6 Jun 2017By

Majority of UK funds sell assets to meet payments rather than planning income

London phonebox

UK roundup: LGPS returns, Milk Pension Fund, 3i pension buy-in

Thu, 1 Jun 2017By

Local authority returns surpassed 20% in 2016-17; private sector DB deficits hold steady during May

London landscape, UK

Hoover strikes deal to offload UK pension scheme [updated]

Wed, 31 May 2017By

Trustees express regret no long-term funding plan could be reached to meet £530m liabilities

BT logo outside its office in Sevenoaks, UK

BT mulls contingent asset deal as pension deficit swells

Fri, 26 May 2017By

Company considering several options to plug shortfall in £50bn scheme

BaFin in Bonn, insurance and banking supervision site

Eight Pensionskassen fail German regulator’s stress test

Fri, 19 May 2017By

Vast majority of supervised Pensionkassen considered to have sufficient ‘risk-bearing capacity’

EIOPA flag tower (crop)

EIOPA IORP stress test to consider financial stability 'repercussions'

Thu, 18 May 2017By

German pensions trade body aba has already strongly criticised EIOPA’s plans for the 2017 stress test 

Tata Steel plant in Workington, UK

British Steel agrees restructuring deal 'in principle' with TPR, PPF

Tue, 16 May 2017By

Deal will include £550m settlement and involve scheme taking 33% equity stake in Tata Steel UK

ice floes climate change

IFoA pushes environmental issues higher up actuarial agenda

Tue, 16 May 2017By

UK actuarial association issues ‘Risk Alert’ on climate change

Sterling

Dividends vs deficits: UK regulator wants DB shortfalls addressed

Tue, 16 May 2017By

Willis Towers Watson highlights TPR’s focus on where cash is being spent

The Houses of Parliament, London

PLSA challenges government over DB affordability

Mon, 15 May 2017By

Trade body highlights 3m members of high-risk schemes with just 50% chance of solvency

OPF's office in Norway

Nordic roundup: Oslo fund's return driven by infra, equities in Q1

Thu, 11 May 2017By

Norway’s largest municipal pension fund Oslo Pensjonsforsiking (OPF) produced a 2.8% value-adjusted return on customer funds in the first three months of this year.

Westhafentower EIOPA

Euro area IORP assets up 8% in 2016: EIOPA

Wed, 21 Jun 2017By

Sterling depreciation hits asset values for European Economic Area, trade body finds

PostNL delivery truck

PostNL pension fund boosts its strategic equity allocation

Thu, 15 Jun 2017By

Postal service scheme cuts back fixed income as part of allocation overhaul

Hoogovens plant in IJmuiden, Netherlands

Dutch steelworks scheme implements new strategic investment plan

Wed, 14 Jun 2017By

Pension fund considering branching out into international property

Pounds sterling

Dividend increases outstripping deficit payments: UK regulator

Wed, 14 Jun 2017By

TPR releases data contextualising call for balance between dividends and deficit reduction contributions

DNB to assess Dutch asset management charges

Dutch supervisor warns against overly high return assumptions

Mon, 22 May 2017By

Expected returns for past two years have failed to materialise

Guild Halls in Brussels, Belgium

Belgian pension funds slash liability discount rates

Thu, 18 May 2017By

Supervisor FSMA indicated that some schemes still use ‘too optimistic’ assumptions for returns

Shell

Shell pension fund overhauls portfolio construction

Tue, 16 May 2017By

€27bn Dutch fund splits portfolio into matching, return-seeking, and liquidity buckets 

Old Port in Helsinki, Finland

Finnish roundup: High demand for new partial pension

Fri, 5 May 2017By

Strong equity markets boost Q1 returns

Facade and environment of St Peter's church in Riga Latvia

Latvian pension performance returns to positive territory

Fri, 5 May 2017By Krystyna Krzyzak

Equity investments generated the highest profits after system saw losses across the board in 2015-16

KLM airline scheme nets 10% gain in 2016

Equity markets boost large Dutch schemes in first quarter

Wed, 3 May 2017By

PNO Media cites 7.6% profit on equity, while KLM and PGB also record strong results

Dutch Netherlands

Largest Dutch schemes improve funding but remain wary of cuts

Thu, 20 Apr 2017By

ABP, PFZW, PMT, BpfBouw and PME report quarterly results of up to 2% but warn that pension cuts are still possible

Amsterdam netherlands

Dutch retailer scheme doubles mortgages allocation, cuts private equity

Tue, 11 Apr 2017By

Asset allocation overhaul at €4.3bn Ahold Pensioenfonds also sees unlisted real estate dropped

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