CEE - Pension funds in the Czech Republic and Poland are too conservative and risk failing to meet the regulatory required minimum investment return this year, a Standard & Poor's report has found.
The report suggested both nation's change their investment mix, while in Hungary funds were too reliant on the guarantee fund.
S&P claimed the different design of pension schemes in all three countries meant they had diverse risk characteristics.
S&P credit analyst Miroslav Petkov commented: "The increasingly important role of private pension funds in Central and Eastern Europe and the long-term nature of these pension contracts mean an independent assessment of funds' security in these countries is particularly valuable.
"This should improve public confidence in the developing financial services systems in these regions."
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