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Netherlands roundup: Low-cost DC vehicles growing steadily

first_imgThe remainder of the increase was the result of investment returns.More than 500,000 people are saving for their pension through a PPI, 335,000 of whom are active and 199,000 are deferred participants.Last week, DNB also published statistics showing that pensions accrual in the second pillar is decreasing, with both sector schemes and company pension funds losing market share.Earlier this year, a survey by IPE’s Dutch sister publication Pensioen Pro revealed that the PPI market was consolidating, and that the offerings from insurers Aegon and Nationale Nederlanden – including the PPI of NN’s recent acquisition Delta Lloyd – between them covered three-quarters of the market. APG buys into €1bn infrastructure portfolioPrivate assets specialist Ardian has agreed to sell a portfolio of eight infrastructure assets valued at more than €1bn to Dutch manager APG and insurance giant AXA.The portfolio of assets forms part of an infrastructure fund run by Ardian and closed to new investors in 2007. Both APG and AXA are investors in this fund.Ardian will remain as manager of the portfolio, it said in a statement.The assets include an Italian gas distribution company, a Spanish toll road and French railway communication network Synerail.Jan-Willem Ruisbroek, senior portfolio infrastructure manager at APG, said the transaction was part of the company’s strategy “to acquire large portfolios of high-quality core infrastructure assets, while at the same time significantly enhancing the controls over those assets”.“Club deals with like-minded investors like AXA, supplemented with leading asset managers like Ardian, is one of our preferred routes of deploying capital,” Ruisbroek added. “Furthermore, this transaction contributes to our Sustainable Development Investment targets, with significant exposure to renewable energy and high speed rail.”Ahold scheme replaces custodianBNP Paribas Securities Services has won a mandate for custody and administration services from the €4.5bn Ahold Pensioenfonds.The Dutch pension fund of the Belgian retailer is BNP Paribas’ first new client since it took over the administration and reporting services of asset manager Actiam last summer.Currently, BNP Paribas Securities Services has four pension fund clients in the Netherlands with combined assets of €18bn.Pensioenfonds Ahold left KAS Bank for BNP Paribas. Low-cost DC vehicles in the Netherlands – known as PPI – saw total assets increase by 28% to €6.2bn during the first three quarters of 2017, according to supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB).It said that the number of active participants increased 20% to 335,000 in the same period.DNB’s statistics showed that, in the third quarter, PPI assets rose by 11% from €5.2bn, with almost half (48%) of the increase due to contributions from active participants, and 42% from PPI funds taking on existing plans.For example, the Dutch pension fund of IT firm Unisys announced that it would place €5m of individual DC assets with a PPI.last_img read more

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A potential for greatness – CWSS Onasha Rogers

first_imgSEVENTEEN-year-old Onasha Rogers professed to have always had a love for running, but it was only a few years ago that she really started to get into it.“Growing up I always loved running; it’s in my blood from my grandfather straight down to my mom and the rest of my family,” Rogers remarked.But it was over the last three years she’s been on a steady line of development that peaked in her 2017 season; more specifically with her winning a silver and a relay bronze at the South American Junior Championships (SAJC) earlier this month.But medalling wasn’t her only achievement at the Junior Championships.The youth athlete ran the fastest she’s ever done in her entire life, clocking a personal best of 11.71 seconds in the Girls’ 100m, which was what landed her the silver medal at SAJC.Her personal best of 24.48 seconds in the 200m was achieved just one week prior, at the Independence meet in May. For the 100m silver she finished behind Brazil’s fastest female junior Lorraine Martins, and just behind compatriot Kenisha Phillips.Since the season started, Roger has been giving Phillips some keen rivalry on the track.With Phillips going unrivalled since she began to gain fame as Guyana’s leading junior female over the past few years, Rogers has begun to raise a few eyebrows.This season was also the year that Rogers made her debut as a national athlete, representing Guyana at the CARIFTA Games. Ending with 12.18 seconds in the 100m and 25.14 seconds in the 200m says that the Mackenzie High School student still has some way to go with her development.But her coach Moses Pantlitz believes in her potential – a potential that he says he’s seen in her since the day she first joined the Christianburg/Wismar Secondary School (CWSS) athletics club – the same club that produced CARIFTA junior Boys’ 100m gold medallist, Compton Caesar.“Looking at her age, she had great potential with the right training. (At the beginning) it progressed not the way we were looking for, because at that age they wouldn’t normally come out and train as regularly as you would hope. Sometimes she would just come out two times a week. But I saw the potential in her. It was over the last few years she’s showing a lot of progress.”Rogers has been with CWSS club since 2011, after deciding to do some more training to develop her performance at Nationals, representing Upper Demerara/Kwakwani. She first began representing the District as an Under-10 athlete in 2009, when she ran and won the 100m and 200m races.In 2010 she claimed another gold in the 100m and silver in the 200m. In 2012 she set her first record – 12.40 seconds in the Girls’ Under-14 100m, a record which still stands today.Two years later she set the Girls’ Under-16 100m record at 12.2 seconds, but that was later erased by Kenisha Phillips’ 12 seconds in 2015.It was her consistent performance that drove Rogers to committing even more to her potential in athletics.“After I made Nationals the first year they realised my potential and began pushing me to the next level where I entered a club and started training.When I was 12 years old I travelled to Barbados for a Relay Fair where the exposure taught me a lot more about athletics and that’s where I began to take athletics even more seriously,” she recalled.last_img read more

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