The difficulties of funding state pension schemes and the need to encourage people to save is a global phenomenon with no one size fits all answer, says Maltese prime minister Dr Lawrence Gonzi.Speaking at a seminar hos- ted by Aberdeen Asset Management in Malta last week, Gonzi said the country had consulted the World Bank, the IMF and a host of independent experts in building its proposals, which it hopes to push through this year. The main problem is cutting costs. Malta has a net debt equivalent to 75 per cent of its GDP and needs to cut this to 65 per cent to meet the Maastricht requirements for entry into the euro, which the country hopes to achieve in 2008. Mirroring the situation in the UK, Malta is the latest European country to undergo root and branch pension reform. The country is looking to open up its pension system to allow private companies to compete after admitting that its state-run final-salary scheme is becoming too expensive. Gonzi says: “Our existing pension system is very expensive and we are looking at how to use fiscal incentives to encourage people to save.” He also told delegates that Malta’s positioning makes it an excellent gateway for product providers into both Europe and North Africa. Aberdeen Asset Management is raising its stake in local financial services firm Global Group. Global distributes Aberdeen’s funds and the company counts Libya leader Colonel Gaddafi’s son Seif al Islam among its clients. Aberdeen head of sales & marketing Gary Marshall says: “Global distributes Aberdeen funds and Aberdeen holds shares in Global. We are also looking at opportunities in the Maltese pension market.”
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The remarkable performance of the TOPIX over the past year has caused many sceptical equity investors to look again at the Japanese market. These returns have come despite very significant problems facing the Japanese economy. Chris Taylor, manager of the Neptune Japan Opportunities Fund, discusses these problems and whether Abenomics will be able to overcome them, enabling the market to continue to rise.
In the video, Taylor addresses the following:
• The size and speed of Japan’s unprecedented monetary policy
• Abenomics and the implications should it fail
• Corporate Japan and beneficiaries of government policy
- Top trends
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