Pension fund investments and the valuation of liabilities under conditional indexation

This paper reviews the investment policy of collective pension plans. We focus on funds with a collective Defined Contribution character. We suggest two reasons to invest in equities: the lack of a well-developed market in index-linked bonds, and deliberate exposure to equity returns to collect the equity risk premium. Furthermore, this paper assesses the value of limited or conditional indexation options found in many plans.

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