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Trust in parties in the Dutch pension field

“Pension participants must be able to trust parties that communicate with them.” Often pension providers, employers or the government inform participants and support them in making pension decisions. This involves complex matter, which means participants must be able to trust those parties. In this paper, we conducted 46 in-depth interviews with participants, consultants and advisors to identify different factors underlying trust that play a…

Trust in the financial performance of pension funds, public perception, and its effect on participation in voluntary pension saving plans

Did the financial performance of pension funds due to the financial crisis affect trust in pension funds? And does our age, birth cohort or the business cycle affect it too? In this paper, we analyze the effect of exogenous shocks in terms of pension cuts, indexation and how they are perceived. We propose the use of two new instruments. These are the level of…

Shocks to Occupational Pensions and Household Savings

“Worsening financial position of pension plans drives an increase in savings” During the COVID-19 pandemic, the mean statutory funding ratio of the entire Dutch pension sector fell by nearly ten percentage points. A survey by De Nederlandsche Bank (Dutch central bank) at that time revealed that this fall caused many households to fear pension curtailments. Could such shocks also affect pension plan participants’ saving…

Vacature: Communicatie Medewerker

Ben jij die hands on Communicatie Medewerker die de stichting Netspar helpt om hun waardevolle kennis toegankelijk te maken voor hun doelgroepen? Dan komen we graag in contact met jou! Instituut Netspar is hét kennis- en onderzoeknetwerk in Nederland op het gebied van pensioen en vergrijzing, verbonden met Tilburg University. Pensioen klinkt misschien saai, maar is het zeker niet. De vernieuwing van het pensioenstelsel…

Piet Rietman joins Netspar Supervisory Board

The Dutch Labor Foundation has nominated a new member to the Netspar Supervisory Board: Piet Rietman. He will succeed Willem Noordman. Piet has been part of the Executive Management team of the FNV trade union since December 2022, where, among other things, he is responsible for the pension portfolio. Before this, he worked in the financial industry, including as an economist and investment specialist….

Trust in pension funds: the importance of being financially sound

“Pension funds with large buffers are associated with a high level of trust” Until they retire, pension fund participants do not know whether the premiums they paid during their employment were well spent. They need to trust pension funds to invest their premiums wisely. That trust cannot be taken for granted. Pension funds are aware of the fact that any failure to deliver on…

The SDGs and sovereign bond spreads: investor implications

“A better SDG performance could benefit both governments and institutional investors” The deadline of 2030 for achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is fast approaching, and the pressure on governments to meet these targets is intensifying. The implications of not achieving the SDGs could have negative consequences for sovereign bonds. For example, biodiversity loss (SDG 15) could lead to a loss of…

Pension provision in the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom and Switzerland: a comparative legal study

“Individual pension provisions have become a vital component in achieving adequate pensions” The ageing population of Europe is putting pension systems under pressure. Therefore the European Commission produced a set of recommendations to support Member States in realising pension reforms. This study investigates whether the three-pillar pension systems of the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom and Switzerland result in adequate pensions. It also assesses…

Corien Wortmann Appointed Chairperson of the Netspar Supervisory Board

The Foundation Board of Netspar has appointed Corien Wortmann-Kool Chairperson of the Supervisory Board of Netspar. The other members of the Supervisory Board are Inge van den Doel, Guusje Dolsma, Laura van Geest, Lex Meijdam, Annette Mosman, Willem Noordman, and Bianca Tetteroo. Wortmann was Chair of the Board of Stichting Pensioenfunds ABP, the Dutch public sector collective pension fund, through December 2022. She currently…

“Jorgo, we need your thinking on this”

Jorgo Goossens was awarded his PhD in a ceremony held Friday, February 17th. It was, of course, a very special day. In this interview, he reflects on how it all started, his research findings, the impact of the pandemic, and his plans for the future. Take us back to the beginning. What was the impetus four years ago when you decided: I’m going to…

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