In May last year The Netherlands Future of Pensions Act was approved by lawmakers and came into force on 1st July 2023. The new law heralds a step-change in the Dutch pension industry and a wholesale switch away from a defined benefit-based system. Subject to a four-year transition period, all pension providers in the Netherlands need to switch from defined benefit (DB) model to a defined contribution (DC) one by 1st January 2027. 

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Insurers are favouring funded re as it helps firms manage the market and longevity risks associated with writing bulk purchase annuity (BPA) business by reducing capital charges and therefore making PRT deals more competitive. 

Unsurprisingly, given its growth and potential for capital optimisation, UK regulators have been carefully watching the increased use of funded re. In June 2023, the Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA) sent a “Dear CRO’ letter to heads of risk at UK life insurers.

The letter outlined the regulator’s two main concerns from a sectoral review which it had carried out.

“One of the key risks arising in funded re is that firms recapture sub-optimal portfolios with depressed values and with limited ability to be transformed effectively to the firms’ preferred portfolio,” the PRA letter said.

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