European Defined Contribution 2014: Key Insights on the Pension Landscape

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This annual report examines the ongoing shift amongst European pension systems away from defined benefit (DB) and toward defined contribution (DC) models, and the DC pension offerings that are emerging. It delves into tax and regulatory regimes, and how these affect the design of plans, and the types of products retirement plan participants will buy. It analyzes product development, the most effective and influential distribution methods, the impact on fees in the various countries, and the opening up of some decumulation markets.

The analysis focuses on six key European pension markets – the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, and Switzerland. The report also includes an Appendix with data on the pensions systems in Italy, France, Spain, and Ireland.

Data contained in this report comes from a proprietary survey of European asset management firms and from interviews with executives from asset managers, DC pension scheme managers, investment consultants, financial lawyers, fund trade bodies, and regulators.

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  • Build actionable business plans for addressing Europe’s divergent DC markets
  • Understand how DC plans’ buying behavior is influenced by tax, regulation, and politics
  • Identify successful competitive DC sales strategies in Europe
  • Review European DC and DB pension assets, including projections through 2018
  • Examine potential impact from recent and pending regulations
  • Analyze local market opportunities and challenges
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