Absorbing the shock

Dutch Pensions

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The pensions sector in the Netherlands is in a state of shock. Less than two years ago the average nominal coverage ratio - the ratio of assets against liabilities, including agreed indexation - stood at 152% according to the Dutch Central Bank (DNB). Fast forward to the first quarter of 2009 and the outlook is far less positive.

The EUR10 billion pension fund for Anglo-Dutch oil company Shell saw its cover ratio collapse from 180% to 85%, and postal company TNT is to pump in EUR140 million to p

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