ASIA CREDIT CLOSE: Lack of direction in softer markets
SEOUL, Oct 26 (IFR) - Asian credits were on the softer side today as investors continued to digest hefty volumes from the G3 primary bond markets.
AMSTERDAM Oct 5 Lawmakers are calling on the Dutch government to seek an end to the European Central Bank's bond purchasing programmes which they say is driving the country's pension system towards crisis.
A proposal tabled late on Tuesday by the opposition Christian Democrat party calls on the Cabinet to rally like-minded governments such as Germany to try all legal avenues, including treaty change if necessary, to end the policy.
Pieter Omtzigt, who drafted the proposal, told Reuters he believes that when Dutch and other European voters begin to see their pensions cut as a result of the region's ultra-low interest rates, pressure to abandon the policy will escalate.
"The outcome will be that the ECB in the end will stick to the role originally seen for it...promoting economic stability without huge interference in the bond market," he said.
The government was preparing its response on Wednesday.
Despite a ban on political interference on monetary policy, the proposal has support from both far left and right political parties in a country whose own Central Bank President -- Klaas Knot -- has been a dissenting vote on ECB decisions to expand quantitative easing.
Dutch pension funds are feeling the pinch of ultra-low or negative interest rates and falling yields, and in August the ABP fund, with 379 billion euros in assets under management, said its coverage ratio had fallen to 89.9 percent, below the 90 percent level at which it would have to cut benefits in 2017.
The country's Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who is also president of the Eurogroup, was due to respond to the proposal on Wednesday. ECB President Mario Draghi is due to appear in the Dutch parliament on Feb. 8 to defend the policy. (Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Alexander Smith)
OSLO, Oct 26 Norway's two largest banks and other members of the financial industry may have illegally blocked a Swedish company from establishing an online payment system, the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) said on Wednesday.
TEL AVIV, Oct 26 UK hedge fund Lansdowne Partners Chairman Stuart Roden said on Wednesday he was not bullish on energy prices in the long term despite crude oil prices hitting a 15-month high last week.