retiring types

At an Amsterdam roundtable debate chaired by Expert Investor Europe editor Dylan Emery, four key Dutch pension scheme decision makers discussed their attitudes to currency risk, the growing pressures they face from politicians, and the proposed EU financial transaction tax


Dutch fund selectors are living up to expectations. More than half of delegates surveyed at the Expert Investor Netherlands conference in September 2011, planned to increase their investment grade corporate bond allocations during the following 12 months – the strongest positive response on any mainstream asset class (see graph 1). In July, our researchers found […]

Market Insight 2011 Q4 Belgium

It will be no surprise to hear that Belgian investors have lost confidence regarding the economic outlook within the eurozone, in line with the rest of European investors. Many investors told us they are looking at other asset classes’ performance, mostly outside the eurozone. Unsurprisingly, emerging markets is an option that we continue to hear […]

Market Insight 2011 Q3 Netherlands

Dutch investors are maintaining a balanced approach to any investment over the recent months. Many are keen to get back into the various opportunities that present themselves, but volatility and risk aversion keeps them from changing their current allocations dramatically. At the end of March 2011, total assets in Dutch insurers and pension funds was […]

Market Insight 2011 Q1 Belgium

Belgian private banks and pensions are naturally risk-averse, a situation which of course became exacerbated in 2008 and 2009. They are now creeping back into risk assets on the back of general confidence in the recovery. Interviewees were generally positive about using global investors with asset allocation abilities rather than narrowly focused investment experts in […]

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