APG Strategist Veldpaus Devised Dutch Pension Fund Cost Standards
In early 2012 it looked as if many of the Netherlands’ pension funds would have to cut benefits to meet their onerous funding requirements. Eric Veldpaus, business strategist at APG Asset Management, the country’s biggest pension manager, helped tackle the problem by drafting national cost-reporting standards.
By Frances Denmark
When the 200709 financial crisis destroyed billions of dollars in global pension assets, no country was immune not even the Netherlands, whose retirement system ranked No. 1 for 2011 in the annual Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index. One of the Dutch schemes strengths is that during tough economic times it adjusts employer and employee contributions as well as retiree payments. Then theres the high, 105 percent funding bar that plans must reach before full benefits are paid out. The same goes for any cost-of-living adjustment.
By early 2012 it looked like many Dutch pension funds would have to cut benefits over the next year because they were still below 100 percent as a result of the crisis. At Amsterdam-based APG Asset Management, the Netherlands largest pension manager, with 300 billion ($413 billion) in assets, business strategist Eric Veldpaus hatched a partial solution. Veldpaus observed that with the discount....