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The solidarity provision legally unravelled

“Solidarity provision provides a measure of fairness in proposed new pension provision but needs to be better defined” The solidarity provision is a mandatory buffer for occupational pensions in the proposed new pension legislation. It will share profits and losses on investments and accommodate changes in life expectancy and deaths between different generations. But it also elicits various legal questions, such as possible infringement…

New faces on Netspar Supervisory Board

Inge van den Doel (PMT), Laura van Geest (AFM), and Willem Noordman (FNV) were recently appointed to the Supervisory Board of the Netspar Foundation. Willem Noordman is succeeding Tuur Elzinga, who represented the Labor Foundation on the Supervisory Board from 2017. The appointment took effect August 1st. The Netspar Foundation Board also appointed Inge van den Doel (PMT) and Laura van Geest (AFM) as…

Netspar verwelkomt SPMS als partner

Op 1 september 2021 treedt Stichting Pensioenfonds Medisch Specialisten (SPMS) toe tot het Netspar-netwerk. Daarmee steunt het pensioenfonds het werkprogramma van Netspar en levert het actieve betrokkenheid bij onderzoek en kennisdeling.   Jacques van Dijken, directeur SPMS: “Netspar biedt ons onafhankelijke kennis ten aanzien van keuze en invulling van het nieuwe pensioencontract. Daarnaast geven zij inzichten over de uitlegbaarheid van specifieke onderwerpen die onze…

When and Why Do Employers Hire and Rehire Employees Beyond Normal Retirement Age?

“Employers view working after retirement as exception to the rule” Older workers are increasingly encouraged to work beyond normal retirement age (NRA) to tackle potential labour shortages and keep social security systems sustainable. While the majority of employers have employed workers beyond NRA, they are rarely proactive in doing so. We propose that government policy should encourage employers to adopt a more positive and…

An overview of methods measuring risk preferences

“To reliably measure risk preferences a mix of methods is recommended” Based on research we recommend to pension providers that they use a mix of methods to measure risk preferences. It is important to be aware that any risk preference measurement may be prone to behavioral biases and systematic measurement errors. In the new Dutch pension agreement, pension providers must invest in line with…

Completing Dutch pension reform

“Latest pension reforms complete the shift from defined benefit to defined contribution pensions” The past 20 years have witnessed a clear shift in Dutch occupational pensions: from strongly collective defined benefit to more individual defined contribution schemes. First, we show how the way is paved for a collective defined contribution contract that features some individual elements. Then, warn that the reform may fail to…

Johan Bonekamp on his doctoral thesis: to save or to spend, that is the question

Johan Bonekamp recently obtained his PhD at Tilburg University. He wrote five essays, all dealing with personal finance before and after retirement. An interview. Name: Dr. Johan Bonekamp   PhD defense: 23 Juni 2021 at the Tilburg School of Economics and Management, Tilburg University Doctoral thesis: Studies on labour supply, spending and saving before and after retirement What was the starting point for your…

Investment policy in the case of uncertainty about risk aversion and budget

“Robustly optimising an individual’s pension even when many factors are unknown” In the new Dutch pension agreement, pension funds will switch from collective to individual pensions. Participants will have a personal pension capital that will be invested according to their age and risk aversion to reach a target pension. Information needed to determine the optimal investment policy in such a scenario is often missing…

Did socially responsible stocks perform better during the COVID-19 crisis?

Recent financial media articles and research suggest that the stocks of firms with a stronger environmental, social and governance (ESG) rating might perform better during crises. An extensive analysis of 6,000 stocks in 45 countries during the COVID-19 crisis and a longer-term analysis over 2003-2020 cast doubts on this view. There is little evidence that strong ESG stocks perform better or worse than other…

Judith Bom on her PhD thesis: “Living at home for as long as possible is not the best solution for everyone”.

Judith Bom recently obtained her PhD at Erasmus University Rotterdam. She showed that informal caregivers can be stressed by the care and that people who are entering a nursing home do not appear to be worse off than they were at home. An interview. Name: Dr. Judith Bom   PhD defense: 17 June 2021 at the Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management, Erasmus…

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