The two biggest pension funds in the Netherlands announced recently that they are to form their own investment bank. ABP Investments and PGGM expect the new bank, called NIB Capital, to be up and running in the very near future, and say that it will initially focus on establishing its presence in the Benelux region. Securitization will play a significant part in its strategy

NIB Capital was formed from the ashes of Nationale Investeringsbank - which was bought in February last year by ABP and PGGM for E2 billion ($1.91 billion) - and other acquisitions made by the pension funds, such as Alpinvest and financial consultants Van Den Boom.

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