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a birds eye view of 7trn

Top 1000: A bird’s eye view of €7trn

September 2017 (Magazine)

The assets captured in IPE’s annual study of the leading European retirement asset pools total €7.04trn, up from €6.74 last year – an increase of 4.45%. Yet this growth in assets masks a varied picture

Austria: Politics distracts from pensions

September 2017 (Magazine)By

Pension reforms take second place to political squabbling

Belgium: Cross-pillar reform target

September 2017 (Magazine)By

The government has been acting on reform recommendations from the Pension Reform Commission

Denmark: Moves to boost pension saving

September 2017 (Magazine)By

Government plan offers incentives to encourage Danes to save more

Finland: Reforms postponed

September 2017 (Magazine)By Reeta Ilona Paakkinen

Plans to reform the provision of social and health services will have a knock-on effect on occupational pensions

France: Shaking things up

September 2017 (Magazine)

French pension funds and first-pillar reform are on the horizon

Germany: Germany goes DC

September 2017 (Magazine)By

The German parliament has passed one of the most comprehensive pension reform bills in the country’s history – rendering a complex system even more intricate

Iceland: A time of change

September 2017 (Magazine)By

New laws are having a liberalising effect on pension funds

Ireland: Long path to DB protection

September 2017 (Magazine)By

Politicians seek protection for defined benefit pension schemes that have been wound up

Italy: Focus on flexibility

September 2017 (Magazine)

Lawmakers in Italy are increasing flexibility of access to pensions to soften the impact of the rising retirement age and boost savings

The Netherlands: Still brooding on a new system

September 2017 (Magazine)By

All stakeholders continue to work on creating a sustainable Dutch pension system

Norway: Tax incentives for pension saving

September 2017 (Magazine)By

Government plans taxation measures to encourage the population to save for retirement

Portugal: Gradual improvements

September 2017 (Magazine)By

Pensions gain from the country’s steady economic recovery

Spain: Sustainability quest continues

September 2017 (Magazine)By

Several strategies are being considered to ensure the country’s statutory pension scheme remains affordable

Sweden: More freedom to invest

September 2017 (Magazine)By

Rules limiting investment by national pensions buffer funds have been relaxed

Switzerland: Reform hurdles to overcome

September 2017 (Magazine)By

AV 2020 reform package faces public referendum as well as approval by the cantons

UK: Expanding the rulebook

September 2017 (Magazine)By

Pension schemes face a multitude of new regulations and guidelines

All Top 1000 Pension Funds

Briefing: FRC under fire on company law

October 2017 (Magazine)By

Has the UK FRC failed to enforce Section 172 of the Companies Act on directors’ duties?

Briefing: Proper plan design is way forward

October 2017 (Magazine)

International pension plans involve complex questions of structuring and compliance

future improvements

Accounting: Changing assumptions

July / August 2017 (Magazine)By

The annual pensions accounting survey from KPMG is revealing on assumptions around asset ceiling guidance, discount rates and life expectancy

A buoyant risk settlement market

June 2017 (Magazine)By Tom Scott,

Attractive pricing drove UK pension scheme demand for bulk annuities in 2016; Reinsurers’ appetite for longevity risk transfer remains high

Corporate transactions: Is compulsory clearance ahead?

June 2017 (Magazine)By ,

Increased regulatory powers over UK corporate transactions could harm sponsors; The regulator would need enhanced powers to process applications efficiently

Discount Rates: An exercise of judgement

May 2017 (Magazine)By

A pension fund sponsor in Ecuador has raised an important point about IAS 19 discount rates, reports Stephen Bouvier

Insolvency Insurance: Behind the promise

May 2017 (Magazine)

Insolvency insurance stands behind German and Swedish book-reserve pensions, but the concept has not really caught on elsewhere

UK LGPS: Good news is good news

March 2017 (Magazine)By Brian Bollen

Securities services providers have a ring-side view of the pooling process for the UK local government pension sector. Brian Bollen polls the opinions

Regulation Roundup: Pension outlook in Europe

March 2017 (Magazine)By

IPE reviews regulatory and legislative changes affecting pensions in key European countries

Germany: A disappointing revolution

February 2017 (Magazine)By

The government is opening the door to pension plans that will lighten the burden on companies, yet the pensions industry is still dissatisfied, Barbara Ottawa reports

Pension Investing: Asset allocation to stay a relative value game

January 2017 (Magazine)By , Amin Rajan

In the second article in a new series, Pascal Blanque and Amin Rajan argue that quantitative easing will continue to distort asset prices for the foreseeable future despite the rise of populist politics

A macro demographic analysis of pensions investing

January 2017 (Magazine)

Amlan Roy argues for a broader understanding of the factors that drive pension fund risk and asset allocation

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