Category Archives: Netherlands

Swedes Moving to Portugal

It’s always fascinating to see where people flock to for fun and relaxation. Swedish baby boomers and retirees are heading to Spain, where at the moment there are almost 100,000 permanent residents from Sweden. But beyond Spain, Swedes are setting their sights somewhere else surprising – and that’s Portugal. The number of Swedes in Portugal…

The Rediscovery Centre in Ireland: A Place Worth Seeing

The Rediscovery Centre in Dublin is the place to be. In addition to their many other items, they have a café being launched by Green Kitchen, the Walkinstown social enterprise that employs people who have learning disabilities. They also have an eco-shop that sells restored and reconditioned bikes, eco-fashion and more. They have renewable technologies…

Lev Leviev Invests in BlockTrail

Not surprisingly, Lev Leviev has his eye, most recently, on bitcoin. He has invested €500,000 in BlockTrail, the block chain visualization program. The project can track price and volume for bitcoin and can search for specific transaction details. As BlockTrail co-founder Boaz Bechar told CoinDesk, “Our approach has been far more consumer-oriented, providing a free…

Denmark Repeals Tax on Soda and Beer

In a move that would certainly have some gasping (including Michael Bloomberg, the New York Mayor), Denmark has decided to repeal its country’s tax on sodas and beer. The soda tax will be cut in half in July and then eliminated entirely next year. Their current tax of 52 cents for a 1.5 liter bottle…

Dutch Government Opposes EU Tax Plan

The Dutch government is asking the European Commission to look at other ideas rather than its proposed tax on financial trades.  The Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, the Dutch financial markets regulator AFM and the Dutch central bank have all concluded that the tax would hurt their economy. As Dutch Finance Minister Jan Kees…

New PassPort Web Portal

Northern Trust just came out with a new web portal for its PassPort which “provides an intuitive experience that eases collaboration and data integration across Northern Trust’s global operating platform for asset servicing and asset management.”  According to global head of product management for Corporate & Institutional Services at the company Paul d’Ouville, this tool…

EIB Crisis

The European Investment Bank (EIB) will be giving around half of the crisis loans money to Eastern European small- and medium-sized companies.  The EIB has stepped up during the financial crisis to “provide financial stability” throughout Europe.  This was also part of a directive that came from EU economy ministers a few years ago to…

Northern Trust Expands Services to Benelux

Northern Trust will now be expanding the regions where it offers services from Amsterdam to include The Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium, predicting huge development in the region. The idea is that clients’ will receive greater direct access to the company’s “investment expertise and array of asset management solutions,” no longer restricted to one small area…

PNO Media To Merge With Netherlands Film Pension Scheme

The PNO Media pension fund (€3.3bn) and the the Dutch Film and Cinema Industry pension fund  (€152m) plan to merge. “PNO Media could offer the benefits of scale, as well as certainty for the future of our pension plan,” explained chairman of the film and cinema scheme, Ron Sterk. “Moreover, at PNO Media, our identity…

IBM’s Pension Fund Up

IBM’s Dutch Pension Fund has given its clients in certain benefit plans an index of approximately 2.8% A pension increase of 1.2% equals 75% of the consumer price index from September, 2009 to September, 2010. The extra 1.6% will compensate for the index payments that IBM did not pay during the above period.