Bond lifeline for Dutch funds

Dutch pension funds struggling to meet their 105% solvency targets set by domesticregulators are turning to the bond markets to plug their funding holes. But some market participants are highlighting the potential dangers of such a move


Moves are afoot in the Dutch market to help pension funds alleviate solvency pressures caused by the malaise in the stock markets, by allowing them to tap the bond markets. Forecasts suggest that a whopping €18 billion of bonds could flood into the debt capital markets, providing a source of much-needed funding for the pension fund community.

Dutch investment house ING Investment Management, which is in final talks with seven schemes in the Netherlands, is urging funds to tap the debt capital

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