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White paper ‘The curse of the UFR-drag’

Roll risk management for pension funds

For the valuation of pension liabilities, pension funds in the Netherlands use the so-called interest rate term structure (IRTS) with the ultimate forward rate (UFR) curve. This curve basically allows pension funds to apply a higher rate to value their liabilities – the UFR is currently at 1.9% – than interest rates observed in financial markets. Now pension funds are suffering from the so-called UFR-drag.

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Opting for limited inequality of opportunities

While scientists and politicians do not always agree on the plan for how to fight the corona pandemic, there is consensus on one aspect: the economic crisis we have entered as a result may develop to a scale unprecedented for all of us.

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Insurers at the boiling point

Financial impact of COVID-19

At the beginning of 2020, the coronavirus COVID-19 disrupted the world in a manner that hardly anyone was prepared for. A vast amount of resources is required to get through this phase. For insurance companies, this means facing greater uncertainty regarding the management of financial risks on their balance sheet at a time when they are already dealing with the low interest rate environment and major regulatory changes, such as IFRS 17.

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Zanders Risk Management Seminar

As with famous movie franchises like Star Wars, The Avengers and James Bond, many risk management professionals have had to wait a few years for the next episode of the Zanders Risk Management Seminar.

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The relevance of the yield curve

Creating a future stress scenario for the yield curve is not easily done. Above all, it is something that has to be done carefully, because it can have negative repercussions for a financial institution.

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