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Pension Day 2023: pension research in its full scope

From Groningen to Maastricht and even outside the Netherlands. From all directions, researchers came to Pension Day in Utrecht’s Beatrix Building on 12 October. And not only that: there was also great variety in terms of research disciplines. Three participants about this successful day of knowledge exchange. Pension Day is an event where participants mainly explore the depth of the pension field. This is…

Winners Netspar Thesis Awards 2023 have been announced

The winners of the Netspar Thesis Awards 2023 have been announced: Danjun Xu from University of Amsterdam and Timo Lambregts from Erasmus University Rotterdam. The Netspar Thesis Awards were presented Thursday during Pension Day by Andries de Grip, chair of the Editorial Board. They go to a Master thesis and PhD thesis that stand out for their excellence. The topic of the thesis should…

Sustainable investments and climate risks: many questions still open

Many questions are still open when it comes to sustainable investments and climate risks. So says Netspar scientific director Mathijs van Dijk at the kick-off of the research meeting “Sustainable investments and climate risks”. Two researchers have entered this rich research area and presented their research last Tuesday. The research meeting addressed how long-term investors can deal with climate risks in their investment portfolios…

Conversion by Pension Funds: “This Is How To Do the Conversion”

In this paper, the researchers describe and analyze the process of plan conversion, from the lead-up to the amendment of the pension agreement by the employer (social partners) all the way through to the conversion decision by the pension fund. The conversion decision results in an internal collective value transfer, whereupon the conversion is completed. The goal is to provide guidance in the decision-making…

Choice guidance: putting participants first

“Suboptimal pension choices can be mitigated by effective choice guidance” Choice guidance is currently a hot subject in the Dutch pension sector. This is mainly due to the new open standard about this in the Future Pensions Act that came into force on 1 July 2023. With the new standard, the legislator wants to mitigate the risks of suboptimal choices by participants. Now, pension…

Task demarcation: tenability in future pension system

For more than a hundred years, task demarcation rules have prevented unfair competition between Dutch pension funds and insurers by limiting what pension funds could do. However, this system is now showing cracks. This is due to the arrival of pension providers without domain demarcation and the demands of the Future Pensions Act, where there is a blurring of domain rules and a greater…

Stated product choices of heterogeneous agents are largely consistent with standard models

“Standard theory a solid starting point for individuals to characterize individual preferences for pension products” Under the new Dutch pension law, providers of flexible pension contracts have an important role in nudging participants to adequate choice of pension products based on observable characteristics, such as age, income, non-pension financial wealth, risk aversion, gender and marital status. We analysed data on the choices made by…

Show me my future: Data-Driven Storytelling and Pension Communication

“3D data visualisation, storytelling and gamification can support pension choices” Inform about pension reform, understand how much they have accumulated, and which choices they can make. However, the traditional approach of using written materials to communicate falls short of the mark. Many people do not read or understand documents like the yearly pension overview, and such material does not appeal people who prefer or…

Transfer of entitlements by pensions funds under new Dutch pension law: economic and legal aspects

“Various ambiguities need to be resolved to ensure a balanced transition” With the introduction of the new Dutch pension law, current pension entitlements must be converted into defined contribution schemes before 2028. This is a delicate process because the new law requires a fair transition; in other words, the distribution of risks and benefits should be fair across generations. Therefore, the default for pension…

Measuring sustainability of pension with investment game

“Discovering sustainability preferences with an investment game” Pension funds increasingly want to know exactly what their participants’ preferences are. To find out how sustainable customers really want to invest, this paper discusses the investment game. Participants reveal their real preferences for SRI during the game. 3,700 customers of a British pension fund participated in the investment game. Participants were given £1,000 to invest, choosing…

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