AUSTRALIA - Russell Investments has launched its first after-tax fund to maximise returns for superannuation investors.
IRELAND - Qualifying Investor Funds (QIFs) increased by 35% to €153bn ($209bn) during 2010, figures from Central Bank of Ireland reveal.
NEW ZEALAND - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund returned 4.42% in December 2010, up from -0.38% in the previous month, due to an increase in global equities.
HONG KONG - The Mandatory Provident Fund has failed in its task to encourage additional savings, but pending legislation to encourage members to move their assets into other savings vehicles will do just that, said RCM.
AUSTRALIA - The Australian Government has proposed super funds use tax file numbers (TFNs) to identify members' accounts to help recover the ‘lost' A$18.8bn ($19bn) in superannuation assets.
Towers Watson; EIOPA; ATP; State Street; Janus Capital Group Inc; Transamerica Retirement Services; Mercer; T. Rowe Price; QIC
US - Towers Watson has named six investment heads, including one to the new position of head of strategy for North America.
US - The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) is seeking shareowner support for its proposal to have unopposed candidates to Apple's board be elected by a majority vote.
GLOBAL - Russell Investments has launched the Russell Stability Indexes which divide securities according to volatility and quality.
AUSTRALIA - Pension fund Sunsuper has acquired the Melbourne central business district (CBD) office property for AU$107m ($108.3m), the fifth in its direct property portfolio.
NEW ZEALAND - The Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation have appointed FarmRight as the first investment manager in its rural land strategy and acquired its first dairy property in West Otago.
IRELAND - Irish domiciled funds reached €963bn ($1.3trn) in net asset value at the end of 2010, up nearly a third from €748bn in 2009, said the Irish Funds Industry Association (IFIA).
US/ASIA - State Street Global Markets has appointed four senior transition managers for its global portfolio solutions groups in the US, Australia and Japan.
ASIA - Aviva Investors has appointed Kevin Talbot as chief investment officer (CIO) of fixed income and Manish Singhai CIO of equities in Asia.
IRELAND - Irish pension fund returns remained flat in January 2011, research by Aon Hewitt shows.
ITALY - Mercer has strengthened its management team in Italy with four internal appointments.
US - The New York State Common Retirement Fund (CRF) closed four transactions worth $145.4m in November, latest figures show.
TAIWAN - The Public Service Pension Fund (PSPF) has appointed Russell Investments as transition manager in what is thought to be the first mandate win of its kind in the country.
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NETHERLANDS - Dutch pension fund Pensioenfonds Zorg en Welzijn saw its (PFZW) coverage ratio rise to 104% at the end of Q4, six percentage points higher than the previous quarter.
DENMARK - The Danish government has proposed to phase out the nation's early retirement scheme to save DKK18bn ($3.3bn) by 2020.
Plans by the European Union to introduce Solvency II- type regulations to the pensions industry could hinder investments in real estate, delegates at the European Association for Investors in Non-listed Real Estate Vehicles seminar heard.
EUROPE - Plans by the European Union to introduce Solvency II- type regulations to the pensions industry could hinder investments in real estate, delegates at the European Association for Investors in Non-listed Real Estate Vehicles (INREV) seminar heard....
NETHERLANDS - The coverage ratio for pension fund ABP hit 105% at the end of 2010, surpassing its target for the year.
NETHERLANDS - Asset manager Robeco has named Jurgen Stegmann as chief financial officer.
IRELAND - Aon Hewitt has appointed Rachael Ingle and Donal Casey as joint managing directors in Ireland.
GLOBAL - Investor confidence has dropped 3.3 points to 100.9 in January from 104.2, State Street research shows.
SWITZERLAND - Former Swiss Re chairman Peter Forstmoser has joined the board of Swiss Foundation for International Real Estate Investments (AFIAA).
GERMANY/UK - Germany has replaced the UK as the preferred location for investment in non-listed real estate funds, new research shows.
NETHERLANDS - APG has invested P2.25bn ($50.4m) in real estate developer Century Properties in the Philippines.
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IRELAND - An early election in Ireland will not derail the launch of sovereign annuity bonds, the Irish Association of Pension Funds (IAPF) believes.
AUSTRALIA - The median superannuation growth fund returned just 4.7% in 2010 following a downbeat first half, research by Chant West shows.
AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND - Mercer has appointed Guy Thorburn as business leader for retirement, risk and finance consulting for Australia/New Zealand.
GLOBAL - Russell Investments has appointed Darren Spencer as director of global alternative investments in its institutional consulting group.
AUSTRALIA - AvSuper Fund has dropped US firm Wellington Management from its international equities mandate in favour of Independent Franchise Partnership (IFP) following a recent review.
SWEDEN - AP7 returned 14.8% in 2010, almost 50% more than the nation's private funds.
UK - Commercial real estate sales rose by 44% last year as pension funds and other institutional investors targeted supermarkets and central London office space, figures show.
DENMARK - ATP has named its deputy CIO Henrik Gade Jepsen as chief investment officer.
UK/US - AllianceBernstein is to launch a range of off-the-shelf target date funds for trust and contract- based defined contribution schemes.
GLOBAL - France, Germany, the UK and US must rein in their pension and health care expenditure if they are to stabilise their debt in the long term, a report by Moody's warns.
GERMANY - Allianz Global Investors chief executive officer (CEO) Joachim Faber has announced his intention to retire at the end of the year.
FRANCE - Antoine de Salins, executive director at Fonds de réserve pour les retraites (FRR), has left to join Groupama Asset Management (AM) as chief investment officer.
NETHERLANDS - Aviva Investors has been hired to run a €350m ($454m) global unlisted real estate portfolio for the Stichting Pensioenfonds Medisch Specialisten (SPMS).
NEW ZEALAND - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund posted returns -0.38% in November due to significant falls in the global fixed income markets.
NORWAY - The Ministry of Finance has finalised a new policy for Norges Bank's management of the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) with a stronger focus on risk management.
NETHERLANDS - The Dutch government is to publish a new list of struggling pension funds which may be forced to cut benefits.
State Street Global Advisors has completed its acquisition of Bank of Ireland Asset Management for approximately €57m (£49m) including net assets of an estimated €14m.