Finance IQ: Today I’d like to talk about macro themes in European fiduciary management. First of all, let’s get up to speed on development and trends. Can you give us an overview of recent growth trends from market to market and how you see this developing?
N Birch: I think the fiduciary management market has developed into a very diverse solution set designed to meet the challenges that DB pension schemes face in their own individual geographies, but also the more micro-nuances and segmentation amongst the different kinds of schemes, different maturities within the pension market itself. It would seem that markets with more mature pension schemes, and by that I am really talking about the ratio of pensioners to contributing members, are embracing the fiduciary management solution or at least have been quicker to explore the possibilities than the schemes in less developed markets. In reality it’s only the Netherlands and the UK that have what you would describe as a fiduciary management market per se, but also with Germany, Switzerland, Scandinavia, and perhaps Italy showing signs of demand and growth at a very early stage.
Finance IQ: What are the main demand and supply drivers at present and do you foresee this changing?
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