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A

Assets covering technical provisions
The assets covering the technical provisions consist mainly of investments which are valued at fair value and which are subject to some quantitative restrictions in order to limit risks. The restrictions are related to liquidity, currency and counterparty risks and to various risk concentrations in general.

C

Client bonus
An insurance contribution discount, the amount of which depends on, in accordance with the calculation bases, the earnings-related pension company’s solvency and operational efficiency (see also Provision for current bonuses)
Customer transfer, transfer transactions
A policyholder may transfer their earnings-related pension insurance from one company to another. The account must be terminated at the latest on the last day of March, June, September or December, and it is then transferred to the new company after three months. The contract may only be transferred again after it has been held by the new company for a minimum of one year.

D

Derivative
A financial investment instrument, the value of which is based on the future value of another underlying security, index, currency, commodity or entitlement.

E

Equalisation provision
The amount of the provision for claims outstanding accumulated from the risk business result used to equalise any fluctuations in the technical underwriting result or, for example, for years when the number of new pensions granted is higher than estimated at the time when contributions were determined. The equalisation provision is divided into the following sub-sections: old-age and disability pensions, and unpaid contributions.
Equity-linked provision for current and future bonuses
A buffer jointly maintained by earnings-related pension companies bearing some of the risks resulting from fluctuations in equity income. The equity-linked provision for current and future bonuses can be greatly affected by changes in equity values. When at its lowest, it may reduce technical provisions by 10 per cent, while at its highest, it may cause technical provisions to increase by 5 per cent. If it accounts for more than 5 per cent of the technical provisions, the funding of old-age pensions will be increased by the amount exceeding the upper limit.

I

Investment result
Investment result at fair value is calculated by deducting the return requirement on technical provisions from the net investment return and change in valuation differences.

L

Liquidity
For example, the ability of the securities market to handle large transactions.
Loading income
The expense loading included in the contribution plus the part of the disability pension contribution component reserved for pension decision expenses. Loading income covers the total operating expenses of an earnings-related pension company except for the costs resulting from maintaining workability, managing investments and statutory charges.
Loading profit
Loading profit shows the amount of the expense loading not used for the company’s operating expenses. The ratio of operating expenses to the expense loading reflects the company’s efficiency. The lower the usage rate, the higher the efficiency of operations.

M

Market risk
Market risk means the fluctuation in the value of the investment objects.

P

Pension record
A summary of an individual’s employment history detailing the earnings accumulated in the private sector and when self-employed, social benefits affecting the individual’s pension, and information about the earnings-related pension accrued by the end of the previous year. The pension record was sent out to individual customers of earnings-related pension companies for the first time in 2008. The pension record is sent out annually, and the recipients are encouraged to verify the accuracy of the information to ensure that they receive the full amount of future pension they are entitled to. Beginning in 2013, the print version of the pension record will be sent only every three years, Those aged 60 or over will continue to receive a hard copy every year.
Provision for current bonuses
Part of the provision for unearned premiums. Certain portions of the investment surplus and loading profit have been transferred to the provision for current bonuses on the basis of the company’s solvency status. Reserved for the payment of client bonuses in the following year. The transfer to client bonuses is assigned to customers in proportion to the accumulated pension liabilities and insurance contributions.
Provision for future bonuses
Part of the provision for unearned premiums that is included in the company’s solvency capital. The remaining investment surplus and loading profit (see Provision for current bonuses) are transferred to the provision for current bonuses, which is used as a measure to prepare for investment value fluctuations.
Provision for pooled claims
A common buffer for earnings-related pension companies. The buffer ensures the adequacy of financing for jointly covered pension components even in poorer economic circumstances. A part of the provision for pooled claims is considered equal to solvency capital in 2008–2012.

R

Return requirement on technical provision
The return requirement on technical provisions is determined on the basis of the fund rate used to calculate pension liabilities, a pension liability supplementary factor approved by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and a return-on-equity component determined retroactively. The fund rate stands at 3 per cent. In 2012, the supplementary factor stood at 0.34 per cent on average. As of 1 January 2013, the supplementary factor has been 0.71 per cent.

S

Solvency capital (as of 1 Jan 2013)
From the beginning of 2013, the solvency of earnings-related pension companies is measured using solvency capital that also includes the equalisation provision. Solvency requirements have also been amended.
Solvency capital (until 2012)
Net insurance company assets that are used as a measure to prepare for fluctuations in investment values. Solvency capital is the excess of assets at fair value over liabilities. It comprises capital and reserves, accumulated appropriations, the valuation difference and the provision for future bonuses. A new law governing the calculation of solvency capital took effect on 1 January 2013 (see Solvency capital (as of 1 Jan 2013)).
Solvency requirements
Solvency requirements, i.e. the minimum solvency capital, are calculated on the risks inherent in the investments that make up the technical provisions margin. The minimum level and maximum level of the solvency capital are determined on the basis of the solvency limit. The minimum level of the solvency capital is two-thirds of the solvency limit and the maximum level is four times the solvency limit. The minimum amount of solvency capital in 2008–2012 is 2 per cent of the technical provisions in the case of earnings-related pension companies and 1 per cent in the case of pension foundations and pension funds. As of 1 January 2013, the calculation of the solvency limit also takes into account the insurance risk, i.e. fluctuations in the technical underwriting result. At the same time, the minimum level of solvency capital is replaced by the minimum solvency capital requirement, which is one third of the solvency limit. The maximum level of solvency capital remains at four times the solvency limit.
Statutory charges
The operating expenses covering the costs of the Finnish Centre for Pensions, the Financial Supervisory Authority and the Pension Appeal Court.

T

Technical interest rate
An estimate entered into the financial statements on the company’s future pension expenditure for the part that is funded. Technical provisions comprise a provision for unearned premiums and a provision for claims outstanding. The provision for unearned premiums relates to the liabilities of the company for future contingencies for pensions that have accumulated by the end of the financial year. The provision for claims outstanding is the capital value of the funded components of future pensions in respect of contingencies that have already occurred.
Technical provisions
An estimate entered into the financial statements on the company’s future pension expenditure for the part that is funded. Technical provisions comprise a provision for unearned premiums and a provision for claims outstanding. The provision for unearned premiums relates to the liabilities of the company for future contingencies for pensions that have accumulated by the end of the financial year. The provision for claims outstanding is the capital value of the funded components of future pensions in respect of contingencies that have already occurred.
Technical provisions to be covered
Technical provisions plus liabilities in respect of pooled pension expenditure and policyholders, less the premium reserve for self-employed persons’ pension insurance.
Technical underwriting result
For old-age, disability and unemployment pension business and unpaid contributions, the difference between the insurance premium and claims expenditure. A positive balance on the technical account adds to the equalisation provision and a negative result reduces the provision.
TyEL (earnings-related pension) premium loan
The policyholder is entitled to borrow part of the technical provisions (loan fund), provided that the requirements of the insurance terms are met. The interest on the loan is quoted daily for different periods.

V

Valuation difference
The difference between the fair value and book value of investments included in the solvency capital of an earnings-related pension company. Changes in valuation differences are added to the company’s investment surplus.
Value-at-Risk
The figure indicates the value of investment loss risk at a selected probability and period of time.
Volatility
Change in the value of an investment.