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Market expectations survey from the Central Bank

From 3-5 February, the Central Bank of Iceland carried out a survey of market participants’ expectations concerning a variety of economic variables, including inflation and interest rates. A total of 32 agents in the bond market, including banks, pension funds, mutual and investment funds, securities brokers, and licensed asset management firms were invited to participate. 

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Icelandic pension funds see strong real returns in 2013

For the second year in a row, the pension funds’ real returns appear to have been well above the 3.5% actuarial threshold. Net assets for payment of pension benefits rose by 11.1% in 2013. Although inflows from premiums somewhat exceed the outflows stemming from benefit payments and third-pillar pension savings withdrawals, it appears that the funds’ real returns were quite strong, on average. 

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