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Pension fund for Danish teachers returns 2.1% after turbulent year

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first_imgIt said this was particularly the case for foreign shares, including emerging markets equities, high-yield bonds and timber land.The investment portfolio’s rate of return amounted to 1.2%, compared with an expected long-term rate of 5.2%, according to the investment strategy, the pension fund said.Total group assets grew to DKK88.1bn at the end of December 2015 from DKK82.0bn 12 months before, and solvency coverage rose to 316% from 311%.Contributions rose to DKK4.8bn in 2015 from DKK4.5bn the year before.The interest rate paid on pension savings (depotrente) after pensions tax rose to 5.5% from 3.75%.Lærernes said its supervisory board had approved its investment strategy for 2016 to 2020 in December.The new strategic investment portfolio had an expected return of 5.2% before tax and a risk level of around 23%, measured against a confidence level of 99.5%.It explained this meant that, statistically, there was only a 0.5% probability the investment portfolio would suffer an unexpected loss of more than 23% in the course of a year.Lærernes said the new investment strategy meant the pension fund would increase the proportion of its investments in alternative asset classes over the next few years, including property, private equities, forestry and infrastructure.To ensure costs are kept low, it outsourced a large part of its portfolio management to external managers. Lærernes Pension, the Danish pension fund for teachers, reported a 2.1% return on investments last year, down from the 12.6% produced in 2014, with most asset classes performing more weakly than expected, according to the fund’s annual report.In absolute terms, the investment return fell to DKK1.4bn (€188m) in 2015 from DKK7.2bn in 2014.The pension fund said 2015 had been marked by big swings on the financial markets.In the report, the labour-market scheme said: “Lærernes Pension achieved a very high return on its holdings of Danish equities and on its real estate investments. But returns on the majority of other asset classes were more modest and lower than expected.”last_img read more

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Lady Twisters Blank Lady Pirates

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first_imgOA Girls soccer defeated Greensburg 7-0.Courtesy of Shawwn Storms.Greensburg Lady Pirates suffered a loss in the third match of the season. They faced the Oldengerg Twisters. The Twisters unleashed seven unanswered points to seal the win. The Pirates did not give up and battled to the end but it proved not to be enough. Keeper Ella Lowe saw 28 shots and was able to keep the score to 7. The Pirate defenses was able to utilize the offside trap to catch the attacking Twisters 6 times. The Pirates record is 0-1-2. Ther next game is Thursday at home against Batesville.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Ryan Morlan.last_img

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Coquelin aiming to emulate Matic

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first_img The Gunners tackle the leaders aiming to eat into their 10-point advantage at the top of the table following last weekend’s 1-0 victory over third-placed Manchester United. Coquelin was drafted back into the Arsenal squad from a loan spell at Charlton in December, since when the 23-year-old has gone on to cement his place in shielding the back four, and has been instrumental during a run of 21 victories from the last 25 matches. The Frenchman, though, knows he will be up against one of the best defensive midfielders around when Serbian Matic aims to close out another triumph for Jose Mourinho’s men. “What he has done is unbelievable. At Chelsea he is one of the main men, so credit to him. He has had a great season and is a great player. It is always good to play against players like that,” Coquelin said on Arsenal Player. “It is an important position and Matic has shown how important he is – that is what I am trying to do as well for Arsenal. “The fans want a good defensive midfielder – they know it is important for the team.” Arsenal will be out to beat Chelsea for the first time since October 2011, when Robin van Persie netted a hat-trick in a remarkable 5-3 victory at Stamford Bridge. Wenger, though, has every confidence his side can again answer another stern examination. “From a good run of form you get a good belief and we have a good solidarity,” he said. “We know that we have passed many tests recently where we were questioned. This season is the first time we have won away from home against Manchester City [in a while]. “So we have passed many tests and we have another on Sunday that we want to pass.” Wenger added: “Chelsea have been very, very efficient on counter-attacks, very efficient on set-pieces as well, so to nullify their strengths will be important.” Francis Coquelin is confident he can show his potential as Arsenal’s long-term midfield enforcer when he goes head to head with “unbelievable” Nemanja Matic in Sunday’s Barclays Premier League showdown with Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Rafael Nadal withdraws from Brisbane to focus on Australian Open

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first_img‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia “I showed myself that I can be playing very well without competing for a while. And I’m going to work as hard as I can, and I’m going to play and practice with the highest tactical possible to be 100 percent ready for Melbourne. For me it’s a big goal to be ready for there and I’m going to fight for it.”And that means he plans to go into the first major of the year with only one exhibition match and a Fast4 appearance on top of his training program.“It’s a waste to damage my body for one month if I keep playing here,” said Nadal, who has spent lengthy periods on the sidelines because of injuries during his career. “After all the things that happened to me, probably I am not ready to assume that waste.”Nadal said he had been able to practice confidently since ankle surgery at the start of November, and felt better now than he did at this time last year when he had less time to prepare and was coming off a longer injury-enforced break.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk 2 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan PLAY LIST 00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan00:50Trending Articles01:26Filipino culture takes spotlight as 2019 SEA Games officially opens02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption “My hope is to win the Australian Open,” he said. “And being honest, I feel myself playing well. I feel myself playing at a good level of tennis. And I feel myself with very high motivation to compete and to play.”Nadal had an MRI and said medical experts in Australia and Spain told him that playing competitively this week would heighten his risk of a more serious injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I tried to play and I still wanted to play but the two doctors from here and the doctors from my confederation in Spain tell me … if I play here, there is a risk to don’t have the chance to play Melbourne,” Nadal said. “Everybody is telling me that it’s not a good idea to increase the possibility to make the strain a bigger problem.“I feel that I can give a good level of tennis, but I can’t do my 100 percent. So if I don’t play here, I probably secure that I’m going to be 100 percent ready for Melbourne.” Taro Daniel, a lucky loser from qualifying, will take Nadal’s place in the Brisbane International draw and will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round.The Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, starts Jan. 14 at Melbourne Park. Nadal had to retire in the fifth set of his quarterfinal match against Marin Cilic at last year’s Australian Open and he said earlier this week that he is changing his approach this season.Despite the retirements that bookended his 2018 season, Nadal finished with a 45-4 win-loss record and won five of the nine tournaments he entered, including the French Open.With that kind of success, he said, he decided to focus on quality performances rather than quantity of matches and that means not playing with niggling injuries.“(In the past) I felt that I needed matches and time to be ready to compete at a good level,” he said, but that’s “not the situation today.”ADVERTISEMENT Shinya Aoki excited to fight for ONE lightweight belt vs Eduard Folayang in hometown Japan Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Raphael Nadal of Spain announces that he is pulling out of the tournament due to injury at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)BRISBANE, Australia — Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Brisbane International on Wednesday to focus on being ready for the Australian Open, which will be his first competitive tournament since a knee injury forced him to retire from the U.S. Open semifinals in September.The second-ranked Nadal, who cited a strained muscle in his left thigh for his withdrawal, still thinks he can add to his 17 major titles by the end of the month.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

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