Gail Moss finds that despite healthy returns last year, 2017 will be more challenging for Belgian pension funds
Belgian pension funds are well funded, but their small size restricts their opportunities to diversify, according to Gail Moss
Having enjoyed good returns in 2014, Belgian pension funds are now seeking alternatives to bonds, writes Gail Moss
The new government has received a raft of recommendations to fix the disparities in the country’s pension system. Is it too little too late?
KBC has introduced a DC pension fund for new members starting from the beginning of 2014 and closed its DB fund. The fund is one of Belgium’s largest pension schemes, founded in 1941 with €1.2bn in assets and 15,500 active members.
Belgium has doubled occupational pension fund participation in the last 10 years and returns were a healthy 6.7% in 2013, writes Iain Morse
Belgian pension schemes are looking ahead to another year of improving funding ratios as they diversify fixed income portfolios, writes Rachel Fixsen
Cécile Sourbes asks what lessons can be learned from the failure of UMR to create an IORP domiciled in Belgium
An Van Damme analyses Belgium’s attempt to raise the age of retirement through incentives rather than legislative decree
Challenges in the form of regulation and lower expected returns mean Belgian pension funds must seek economies of scale and improved governance, writes Karel Stroobants
Allocations to alternatives and emerging market debt brought in returns of more than 18% each
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Self-employed individuals have not been able to accrue occupational pension benefits
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mypension.be will allow users to calculate their estimated state pension
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