Lean, originally developed by Toyota Production Systems, has reached public awareness over the last few decades and lean doctrines have been widely utilized in operational process development. Would it be possible to implement lean thinking in decision-making as well?
The investment strategies of the various earnings-related pension insurance companies generally appear to be very similar. Would it be reasonable then to abandon the institutional decentralisation of investment activities within the earnings-related pension system if all of the pension insurance companies are anyway ending up with similar investment strategies?
The return on Veritas’ investments was 6.8 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2020, bringing the investment return for the whole year to 5.6 per cent. The good investment result strengthened Veritas’ solvency, which increased by the end of the year to 128.8 per cent. The number of YEL and TyEL insurance policies increased.
Diversification has decreased in the financial markets due to the growing central bank stimulus. Investors are hunting for yield in more risky and illiquid assets which tend to correlate with each other in distressed markets. Can slow-moving investments still bring diversification in ever-faster liquid markets?
The coronavirus epidemic has thrown a shadow over the second quarter of the year. During the first half of the year, Veritas provided support for its customer companies to ensure their ability to survive the worst phase of the epidemic. Customers were offered payment extensions on their pension contributions and tenants were granted flexibility as well.