Sunday, November 23, 2008

IORPs up 46%

The number of cross-border IORPs active in the EEA has risen from 48 to 70 over a time period of 18 months, according to CEIOPS' 2008 Report on Market Developments. Cutoff dates were January 2007 and June 2008, respectively. The bulk of those cross-border plans is still focused on the country pair Ireland - UK, representing 50% of all plans, down from 60% on last count. Most of the activity happened in Austria, Belgium and Luxembourg. Removing the basis effect of plans that have been in operation prior to the implementation of the Pensions Directive, the growth in plan numbers increases to 244%.

While it's good to see some activity picking up, it's still too slow to constitute significant momentum, even if rebased.

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