The investment policy is based on an investment portfolio that distinguishes between fixed-income and return assets. The distribution at any point in time is aimed at having a good chance of achieving our ambition in the long term, a pension that is stable in value for retired members and non-contributory policyholders and a welfare pension for active members, without the risks becoming too great.
The fixed-income securities largely consist of relatively 'safe' investments, which significantly secure part of the future expected pension benefits. Think in particular of government bonds with a spread within and outside Europe. It also invests in slightly riskier fixed income securities, such as corporate bonds and emerging market bonds. The higher risk is compensated by a higher return expectation.
The investments with more risks are classified as real assets. The aim of these investments is to achieve a higher return than fixed-income securities. Think of investments in shares and real estate.
Amounts in millions of euros
|End of Q4 2023
|End of Q3 2023
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Due to the new pension system that is foreseen, the Board of Philips Pensioenfonds has considered what this change means for the Fund's policy. We will therefore be dealing with a new reality in the short term. The Fund's policy is normally long-term. However, due to the upcoming system change, there is reason to deviate from our long-term policy on a number of points. The aim of this is to give our participants a good start in the new pension system. Until the transition, the Fund applies an investment policy in which the risk profile has been reduced to prevent sharp falls in the funding ratio.
The distribution of the investment portfolio is temporarely as follows: 66.0% of the assets are invested in fixed-income securities and 34.0% of the assets are invested in commercial securities. The chart below shows more details. Fixed-income asset classes are shown in purple and orange, while return assets are presented in blue and green.
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The financial position of Philips Pensioenfonds is exposed to a number of risks. For example, movements in interest and inflation rates have a major impact on the pension fund’s ability to pay its future pensions (including indexation). That is why, besides investing in fixed-income and return assets, the pension fund also purchases additional ‘protection’ to hedge some of its exposure to this interest risk. That additional protection against interest-rate risk is not included in the benchmark. It is important to realise that the additional protection only covers part of the interest risk. Scenarios are possible where realising the ambition of an indexed pension is in jeopardy. Think of scenarios with disappointing stock returns, an interest rate that becomes even more negative or sharply rising inflation.
The table below shows the following return figures:
- Total return without the aforementioned hedging against interest-rate risk. This percentage can be compared against the corresponding benchmark.
- Total return including hedging against interest-rate risk; no benchmark available.
(net of hedging for interest-rate risk)
(including hedging for interest-rate risk)
does not apply
The total return of the portfolio (including hedging interest rate risk) was 10.6% in the fourth quarter of 2023. Interest rates fell sharply in the fourth quarter. As a result, the return on the fixed-income portfolio was positive. On balance, a lower interest rate makes it more attractive to invest in shares. As a result, the return on the equity portfolio was positive. As in previous quarters, the return on the real estate portfolio was negative. On balance, there was a positive return on the portfolio of commercial assets. Because both the returns on the fixed-income portfolio and on the portfolio with commercial securities were positive, the total investment return was positive in the fourth quarter.
Comparison with benchmark
Philips Pensioenfonds assesses the investment results by comparing them with an objective benchmark. The total return (excluding interest rate risk hedging) was equal to that of the benchmark in the fourth quarter.
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We try to increase your pension every year. This is called 'indexation'. But indexation cannot be taken for granted. Do you want to know more about our indexation policy?Go to indexation policy