Michael Bow talks to Matti Leppälä
UK - Government plans to cut a subsidy boosting the appeal of solar panel infrastructure investments could scupper scheme plans to use these investments as part of their liability matching strategies, fund managers say.
CHINA - The head of the IMF pleaded with China to support the eurozone as she warned the global economy is heading for a "lost decade".
UK - Aegon is to close its defined benefit pension scheme to future accrual in March 2013 as part of its restructure and cost saving programme.
UK - The Pension Protection Fund has published its annual report - revealing a surplus of £678m ($1.1bn) at 31 March.
FRANCE - Alcatel-Lucent reported a pension and other post employment benefit (OPEB) deficit of €1.2bn ($1.7bn) in the third quarter down from an overfunding of €49m at the end of June.
UK - Schemes looking to maximise returns in a low interest rate environment must work closely with investment banks to boost member outcomes, Barclays chief executive Bob Diamond says.
EUROPE - The majority of European multinational companies would like to develop cross-border pensions but differing regulations among member states and uncertainty over changing European rules are giving plan sponsors pause, AEGON finds.
SPAIN/PORTUGAL - Pioneer Investments has appointed Teresa Molins as senior sales manager of its institutional business in Spain and Portugal.
EUROPE - Mercer has launched a service to help trustees and other institutional investors meet their stewardship requirements.
UK -More than 40% of firms have closed or are in the process of closing their defined benefit pension schemes, latest research from Aon Hewitt shows.
UK - The government has offered unions an improved accrual rate of 1/60th and more protection for workers approaching retirement in a concession on public sector pension changes.
That the third quarter was turbulent was no surprise. But recently released funding figures for pension funds and asset under management figures for asset managers have helped us crystallise the cost of the uncertainty surrounding the future of the EU...
Like many other European countries, Ireland has been faced with the question of how to deal with its public sector pension liabilities. However, as the Bill makes its way through Parliament Helen Morrissey assesses whether the proposed changes will prove...
The Irish Association of Pension Fund's Jerry Moriarty looks at some of the major policy developments of the past year and asks what impact they will have in the future
The Irish government has implemented a raft of contentious changes to its public sector pensions as it looks to reign in costs including raising the pension age and increasing contributions. Helen Morrissey talks to minister for public expenditure and...
Pension funds could soon have to bear the cost of a Europe-wide tax on equity, bonds, currency and derivative transactions, finds Lynn Strongin Dodds
UK - NOW: Pensions, the multi-employer scheme set up by Danish pension scheme ATP to rival the National Employment Savings Trust, has unveiled details of its product offering.
US/NETHERLANDS - CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) has completed the acquisition of ING Real Estate Investment Management (ING REIM) Europe, marking the final stage of CBRE's absorption of ING's real estate business.
NETHERLANDS - ABN Amro predicts half of Dutch company pension funds will shift assets to insured schemes.
DENMARK - Danish pension fund ATP would like to invest in local infrastructure but a lack of ‘political focus' has led to a dearth of appropriate opportunities.
IRELAND - Underfunded pension funds will have to meet new risk reserves which could add 10% to its funding requirements and will have the ability to use sovereign annuities under the proposed new funding standard.
UK - NEST has signed up to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investing in a bid to boost long term investing and good corporate governance.
UK - Andrew Meeson, the president of the Association of Tax Technicians, has stepped down from his post after being charged in relation to a £5m ($8m) pension tax fraud.