NETHERLANDS/UK - PGGM CIO Roderick Munsters says UK pension funds are happily invested in their own domestic markets and need not worry too much about gaining international exposure.
PGGM is the second largest pension fund in Europe, worth EUR52bn.
Munsters said that over the last decade Dutch pension funds had increased their holdings of international equities dramatically, from around 10% to around 70%, adding: The Netherlands is not our home market. The Eurozone is our home market.
But, he told delegates at the UK's National Association of Pension Funds' investment conference in Edinburgh that UK funds investing in the UK market had not caused underperformance, and from the risk perspective, apart from the mid-1990s, there has been no downside. However, Munsters did say that UK funds should look more at investing in alternative asset classes.
He told the conference: In the Netherlands we see the UK as a country of guidance in pensions.
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