November 2016

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30/11/2016 Orange Trade Mission Fund Amsterdam expand

Winners Orange Trade Mission Fund open trade at Beursplein 5

The winners of the Orange Trade Mission Fund open trade in Amsterdam. The Orange Trade Mission Fund is an initiative of ING, KLM, SME Netherlands and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland.

Each year, the Orange Trade Mission Fund helps 10 SME’s achieve their international ambitions. Thanks to their international network, knowledge and experience, they can help the company successfully enter new foreign markets. The ten companies this year are: Aerofilm Systems, Dopper, Globemilk, Holland Water, Klaver Fietsparkeren, Milgro, Patta, TinyEYE, Yalp and ZAZU.

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29/11/2016 For Women in Science Amsterdam expand

Winners For Women in Science sound gong

Maeike Zijlmans and Carlijn Kamphuis are this year’s winners of the For Women In Science-fellowships and open trading at Beursplein 5. For Women in Science is an initiative of Euronext-listed cosmetics company L’Oréal (ticker symbol: OR), UNESCO, LNVH and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, and yearly awards excellent female scientists.  

Each year, the Dutch L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship Program awards two grants up to €25,000 to female scientists.  The participation of women in scientific research is essential for economic, social and cultural development. Nowadays, women achieve the highest academic level, nevertheless they are still under-represented.

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28/11/2016 Belgian-Dutch Innovative Entrepreneurs & Finance Conference Amsterdam expand

Sounding of the gong for Belgian-Dutch Innovative Entrepreneurs & Finance Conference during State visit

At the invitation of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, His Majesty King Philippe of the Belgians will pay a state visit to the Netherlands from 28 to 30 November. King Philippe will be accompanied by Her Majesty Queen Mathilde. This state visit affirms the close and wide-ranging relationship between Belgium and the Netherlands, and underlines their historical ties and shared values. In political, economic and cultural terms, the Netherlands is closely connected to Belgium and the Belgian regions and communities.

The two kings will attend the concluding session of the Belgian-Dutch Innovative Entrepreneurs & Finance Conference at Euronext Amsterdam.This conference focuses on access to Finance, and on Financial Innovation (technology). CEO’s and Entrepreneurs continuously have a constant focus on innovation & growth.

The conference is concluded with a sounding of the gong by Claire Tillekaerts, CEO FIT, and Pascale Delcomminette, CEO AWEX.

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28/11/2016 New CFO Flow Traders Amsterdam expand

Flow Traders visits Amsterdam exchange with new CFO

Marcel Jongmans was recently appointed member of the Managing Board and CFO of Flow Traders (ticker symbol: FLOW). Together with his colleagues he visits the Amsterdam exchange and opens the trading day by sounding the gong.

Flow Traders is an independent technology-enabled liquidity provider in Exchange Traded Products (ETPs). Flow Traders was founded in 2004 in Amsterdam and has grown into a globally operating fin tech company with over 200 employees. With offices in Amsterdam, Singapore and Cluj, Flow Traders is active on 94 trading venues in 32 countries. In total, Flow Traders provides liquidity in over 4,000 ETP listing and trades in over 11,000 financial instruments.

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25/11/2016 Get in the Ring Amsterdam expand

Get in the Ring winners visit Beursplein 5

The winners of Get in the Ring visit Beursplein 5 and open trading. Jorg Lescher, of the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, sounds the gong. The Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, leader in entrepreneurship education, is main organizer of the Get in the Ring competition in the Netherlands.

The Get in the Ring Foundation is an organization that gives startups a fun and global podium to make valuable connections to innovators to start, grow and scale up their business. The foundation is active in 80+ countries and is working together with leaders of entrepreneurship ecosystems around the world. Get in the Ring is known for its innovative format where startups face off in a ring. The winners receive a ticket to the Get in the Ring Global Finals in Singapore.

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24/11/2016 80th anniversary BNP Paribas OBAM Amsterdam expand

BNP Paribas OBAM sounds gong for 80th anniversary

BNP Paribas OBAM is one of the eldest investment funds of Europe. OBAM celebrated its 80th anniversary recently. On this occasion they visit the Amsterdam exchange and sound the gong.

The fund has a long and unique history. In 1936 French nunneries searched refuge for their wealth. To comply to those wishes OBAM was founded. Back in those days they invested the capital of the nuns successfully across the globe. Currently, investors still have the same wish as back then; securing wealth, and in the long run; capital growth. For this you need to be able to identify the most attractive companies. And then select the right ones. As in 1936 OBAM searches across the globe for companies with growth- and profit potential. On you can find more information about how OBAM constructs its portfolio.

Rating agency Morningstar currently rates OBAM with 4 out of 5 stars for its performance over the past three years. It praises, among others, the improved method of working within the team, the attention for e.g. the risk management and structural focus on investing in quality businesses. You can find the report of Morningstar on

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23/11/2016 RoodMicrotec 30-years listed Amsterdam expand

RoodMicrotec celebrates 30-years listed

RoodMicrotec (ticker symbol: ROOD) celebrates 30 years as a listed company by sounding the gong at the opening of the Amsterdam exchange. In the last decade, RoodMicrotec went from being a pure test house to becoming a supplier of full technology solutions. This anniversary year has been marked by important milestones such as the appointment of a new CEO and CFO to lead the company’s growth in the potentially vast market for the “Internet of Things.”

With more than 45 years of experience as an independent value-added service provider in micro and optoelectronics, RoodMicrotec offers Fabless Companies, OEMs and other companies a one-stop shop proposition. With a strong position in Europe, RoodMicrotec offers services that comply with the high quality and reliability standard for aerospace, automotive, telecommunications, medical, industrial and electronic sectors.

A large number of projects are also entering the industrialisation phase, and new orders keep coming in, maintaining a strong book to bill ratio. RoodMicrotec has also signed a sales channel agreement with the Swiss electronics distributor Altec AG, which is expected to double sales with them to EUR 1.2 million by 2018.

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22/11/2016 Young Captain Award 2016 Amsterdam expand

Winner Young Captain Award 2016 visits Amsterdam exchange

The winner of the Young Captain Award 2016 opens trading at the Amsterdam exchange of Euronext. The highly esteemed jury held Maarten Meijs, managing director Talpa Global, part of Talpa Media, as the most promising and innovative business leader for the nearby future.

After a thorough selection the jury has elected three nominees for the Young Captain Award.
Co-nominees of the winner Maarten Meijs, were Marie Pauline Lauret , Corporate Director Internal Audit bij AkzoNobel. And Francine van Dierendonck, CEO of Xenos, part of the Blokker Holding.

The Award will be presented for the 12th time. It is presented on a yearly basis to the most talented business leader who stands out for the influence within the company he or she has shown at a relatively young age and in a remarkable early stage of his or her career. The Young Captain gives proven evidence of a vision on economic and political level. It concerns leaders who represent a promise and who stand out for their guts, drive and authenticity. They think international en look at leadership as a societal, personal and economic responsibility.

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21/11/2016 Week of the Investor Amsterdam expand

Week van de Belegger kicks off by sounding the gong

In honor of the Week van de Belegger (Week of the Investor), which also includes investment event BeleggersFair, its organizer, TRIPLE i Investment Publishers, sounds the gong.

During the Week van de Belegger (18 - 25 November) answers will be given to the rising demand of knowledge and information concerning personal finance. This will be done through activities, inspiring programs and meetings throughout the country. The focus will be on education and information. The Week enables a wide audience to be informed about the latest trends and developments. The Week van de Belegger will be closed on Friday 25 November with the BeleggersFair 2016 in the RAI Amsterdam. During the BeleggersFair, the Cashcow Awards for the best financials of 2016 will also be presented.

The educational program of the BeleggersFair can be summarized in the slogan ‘I know in what I will invest in 2017’. There will be new insights and visions presented for both the starting and the advanced investor. Led by Jort Kelder, there will be more than fifty financial heavyweights present. For visitors it is a true experience with information, tips and moments of interaction containing 3 plenary sessions, 15 master classes an 14 crash courses. The Week van de Belegger will end on the BeleggersFair as it started: with the sounding of the gong.

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18/11/2016 The Entrepreneur Day Amsterdam expand

MKB-Nederland sounds gong for The Entrepreneur Day

MKB-Nederland believes that entrepreneurs deserve respect for their work and that there should be a moment to give attention to the importance of entrepreneurs to the Netherlands. A day on which entrepreneurs are acknowledged for their courage and perseverance. Therefore, MKB-Nederland calls the every third Friday in November to become 'Day of the Entrepreneur’ starting in 2016.

It is the start of a tradition to celebrate entrepreneurship and thank entrepreneurs. In the Netherlands there are more than 1.5 million entrepreneurs who are of tremendous value to our country. Entrepreneurs create growth, jobs and prosperity.

ntrepreneurs. MKB-Netherlands asks its network of sector organizations, local associations, municipalities, members of parliament, ministers, knowledge partners and many others on the 18th of November to put the entrepreneur in the spotlight.

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17/11/2016 Evi van Lanschot wins Gouden Stier Amsterdam expand

Evi van Lanschot sounds gong after winning Gouden Stier

Evi van Lanschot visits Beursplein 5 after winning a ‘Golden Bull’ (Gouden Stier) for Best Online Asset management. Evi, part of Euronext listed Van Lanschot (ticker symbol: LANS), earned the coveted statuette, according to the jury, because of the scenario analyzes of the development of the capacity, the extended quarterly resports and the clear and understandable communications for novice investors.

Richard Bruens, CEO Private Banking and Member of the Executive Board of Van Lanschot "We are proud that we have received the Golden Bull in 2016 for best online asset management. This award is a wonderful confirmation of the fact that we are distinctive in the field of online trading services. The knowledge of a private bank is also available for online investors because of Evi. People who are not an investment expert, but want to get more out of their assets in an easy and organized way. And that we are on the right track, is shown by the high rating of our customers, but also from this award. "

The ‘Gouden Stier’ has grown to a coveted independently juried award for investment products and services over the past decade. The awards are presented annually to companies and products that stand out in their policies, communication, service or product offerings for private investors.

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16/11/2016 Lynx wins Gouden Stier Amsterdam expand

Lynx visits Amsterdam exchange after winning Gouden Stier

Online broker LYNX was awarded Best Broker of 2016 during the annual presentation of the ‘Golden Bull’ (Gouden Stier). To seal their winning, they sound the gong and open trading at Beursplein 5. In the eyes of the jury, LYNX excels by combing low fares, extensive marketing capabilities and functionalities of the trading platform.

Tycho Schaaf, investment expert at LYNX, is very honored with this title. ‘’For 10 years we do everything in our power to provide serious investors with the best trading possibilities with our reliable and professional trading platform and low rates. We are proud to be recognized for our commitment and passion.’’

The ‘Gouden Stier’ has grown to a coveted independently juried award for investment products and services over the past decade. The awards are presented annually to companies and products that stand out in their policies, communication, service or product offerings for private investors.

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15/11/2016 King’s Commissioner Province of Utrecht Amsterdam expand

King’s Commissioner in the Province of Utrecht visits Beursplein 5 for De Stijl

The visit to Euronext Amsterdam by the King’s Commissioner Willibrord van Beek and a prominent Utrecht delegation highlights the importance of De Stijl while drawing attention to another milestone in the development of smart, healthy and beautiful Utrecht: the launch of JIM (Jaarbeurs Innovation Mile), a new facility of Jaarbeurs Utrecht to stimulate talent and innovative entrepreneurship contributing to the region.

As part of De Stijl year Utrecht will invest in boosting the ability of youngsters to think creatively. An art landmark will be placed on the bike path between the cities of Utrecht and Amersfoort to symbolically link the birth cities of the two major De Stijl artists: Rietveld and Mondriaan. Several cities and regions in Holland will mark De Stijl year with their own activities.

Initially founded as a magazine, De Stijl quickly developed into an artistic movement that to this day has a great influence on art, design, and architecture. Four of the Stijl pioneers were born in the cities of Utrecht or Amersfoort: Piet Mondriaan, Gerrit Rietveld, Theo van Doesburg, and Bart van der Leck. Amersfoort and Utrecht today still produce innovative and creative talent: yesterday’s innovators and today’s game-changers. The celebration of 100 years of De Stijl highlights their investment in the continued development of the young creative talent needed to meet the challenges of the future.

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14/11/2016 Pharming Amsterdam expand

Pharming visits Beursplein 5

Sijmen de Vries, CEO of the Euronext listed Pharming (ticker symbol: PHARM) sounds the gong at the Amsterdam exchange. Pharming Group has been making considerable progress over the recent months. The company is now to become the first and only Dutch biotech company to get to commercialise a self- developed product, RUCONEST®, in North America.

This therapy is approved for acute attacks of Hereditary Angio-Edema (HAE), instant and sometimes life threatening swellings in various body parts including the hands, feet, face and airway. This as result of the closing of an agreement with its US partner Valeant Pharmaceuticals to buy back the marketing rights of its own medicine in the US, Canada and Mexico. In addition, following an amendment of its agreement with its EU partner Sobi, Pharming also takes on commercialization of RUCONEST in most of Western- Europe. Pharming recently also reported positive results from a Phase II trial for the prevention of HAE with RUCONEST.

Based on closing the US deal with Valeant, Pharming is also the first Dutch biotech company that is about to turn profitable. Pharming has transformed itself into a real pharmaceutical company, developing and bringing its own innovative products for the safe and effective treatment of rare diseases and unmet medical needs.

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11/11/2016 Curetis listing anniversary Amsterdam expand

Curetis celebrates one year listed anniversary

Curetis (ticker symbol: CURE) celebrates its one-year listed anniversary at Euronext by sounding the gong. Oliver Schacht, CEO Curetis, visits Beursplein 5 and sounds the gong. 

Founded in 2007, Curetis is a molecular diagnostics company which focuses on the development and commercialization of reliable, fast and cost-effective products for diagnosing severe infectious diseases.

Curetis is a molecular diagnostics company focusing on the detection of severe infectious disease in hospitalized patients. Its CE IVD marked Unyvero platform is marketed across Europe and has recently also successfully completed a US FDA trial for its LRT lower respiratory tract infection cartridge.

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10/11/2016 Province of North-Brabant Amsterdam expand

Province of North-Brabant sounds gong for innovative start-ups

The opening of trading at the Amsterdam exchange is dedicated to innovation in Brabant. The ceremonial opening gong will be sounded by the province of Brabant and a number of start-ups from the province who have recently undergone the valorisation process and are now being financed by the Innovatiefonds Brabant (Brabant Innovation Fund).

Valorisation is the process that turns knowledge into commercially feasible products or services. Brabant offers start-ups support through the Starterslift, Ondernemerslift+ and Bright Move valorisation programmes.

Follow-up funding proves hard to find for start-ups who received financing for the valorisation phase. This early innovation phase is often too risky for banks and investors. The Provincial Government of Noord-Brabant has therefore reserved part of the innovation fund managed by the Brabantse Ontwikkelings Maatschappij [Brabant Development Agency] (BOM) for these (risky) early phase investments. This is in line with the provincial government’s aim to contribute to a closed funding chain for innovative entrepreneurs.

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10/11/2016 Befimmo Brussels expand

Befimmo rings opening bell

On 10 November 2016, the CEO of Befimmo, Benoît De Blieck, opened the financial markets by ringing the Euronext bell. By doing so, he officialised the recent capital increase of 127 million euro of the company. The issue of new shares on Euronext has allowed Befimmo to ensure the financial resources necessary to its investment strategy on its main market, namely the luxury office buildings in Belgium and Luxembourg, while preserving a strong financial structure.

Watch Speech Benoît De Blieck, CEO of Befimmo 

09/11/2016 Accenture Innovation Awards Amsterdam expand

Winner Accenture Innovation Awards sounds gong

Kwettr won the 2016  Accenture Innovation Audience Award for most innovative company of The Netherlands. Alongside a cheque of  €25.000, which Kwettr can invest in developing their services, they received an invitation to the International Websummit in Portugal.

Kwettr makes and rents out digital popup stores for companies where customers can pay with social media data. For example customers can download discount coupons in return for a tweet, follow, Like, or Snap. Target groups of Kwettr include restaurants, record labels, theme parcs, and all other companies that use social media in their marketing activities.

Every year Accenture organizes the Innovation Awards. With this competition, Accenture gives Dutch companies the attention and recognition they deserve. The Innovation Awards are split up in 11 categories and an Audience Award. Every category has a winner, picked by a jury. The winners receive a Blue or Green Tulip. The Public Prize winner was chosen by the audience. The Dutch audience was able to vote for their favorite contestant using Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Kwettr generated the most votes of the competition.

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08/11/2016 Wolters Kluwer 180th anniversary Amsterdam expand

Wolters Kluwer celebrates 180-year anniversary by sounding gong

This year, Wolters Kluwer (ticker symbol: WKL) is celebrating its 180-year anniversary by visiting Beursplein 5. Frans Klaassen, Managing Director Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory Nederland and Andre Kwakernaat, Head of Tax & Accounting Europe Business Innovation, sound the gong at Euronext Amsterdam to celebrate Wolters Kluwers’ 180 years of rich heritage.

In 1836, Jan Berends Wolters founded a store and publisher of school books in Groningen. Now, 180 years later, Wolters Kluwer is a digital information services and solutions provider for professionals. The company serves customers in over 180 countries, maintains operations in over 40 countries and employs 19,000 people worldwide.

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07/11/2016 Nitrogen Fertiliser Solution UAN 30 Futures Paris expand

Launch of Euronext's Nitrogen Fertiliser Solution UAN 30 Futures contract

Valérie Petitmangin, Commercial Director of Rubis Terminal rings the closing bell in Paris to celebrate the launch of Euronext's UAN 30 Fertiliser Futures .

Euronext rings the closing bell in Paris to announce the launch of its new UAN 30 Fertiliser Futures contract on 14 November. The new contract will provide users with a comprehensive suite of tools to manage price risk and cover their overall positions more efficiently, for both agricultural inputs and for grains and oilseeds such as wheat, rapeseed and corn. With Olivier Raevel, Head of Commodities Euronext, and Francois Terrasin, CEO Rubis Terminal


07/11/2016 ING Nederland fonds Amsterdam expand

ING sounds gong with ING Nederland fonds

As a Dutch bank ING is closely linked to the Dutch society. To show its involvement in the Netherlands, the ING Nederland fonds was founded in 2015. The ING Nederland fonds aims to help and advance organizations and foundations that take the initiative to make the Netherlands stronger.

Netherlands has numerous active associations and foundations, with valuable local initiatives for people and society. ING is happy with all the activities that benefit society. With the campaign "Help Nederland vooruit” (Help The Netherlands go forward) of the ING Nederland fonds they offer these initiatives a helping hand. For the launch of their new campaign they visit Beursplein 5 and open trade by sounding the gong.

Help Nederland vooruit is an initiative of the ING Nederland fonds. The fund's mission is to support individuals and organizations that take initiative to make The Netherlands stronger.

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04/11/2016 King’s Commissioner of Flevoland Amsterdam expand

King’s Commissioner of Flevoland opens trading day in honor of province’s entrepreneurship

The King’s Commissioner of the province of Flevoland opens the Euronext Amsterdam trading day. This ceremony is in honor of entrepreneurship in the province of Flevoland and the commissioner will be accompanied by a number of promising entrepreneurs of the province. 

Flevoland has many small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Among them there are a large number of self-employed individuals. The province aims to create a favorable business environment for them without unnecessary regulation. In addition, Flevoland is strong and distinctive in a number of key sectors such as Agriculture & Food, High Tech Systems and Materials and Life Sciences and Health.

Furthermore, the province has a new economic program for the period 2016-2020. Stimulating the regional economy is one of the key tasks of the province. Flevoland is committed to economic growth by supporting entrepreneurship through SME growth in Flevoland, but also through the development of the key sectors.

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03/11/2016 Introduction to Options Amsterdam expand

VEB visits Beursplein 5

The VEB (Vereniging van  Effecten Bezitters) organizes Option courses in partnership with Euronext. Nick Schakel, Manager Operations VEB, sounds the gong on this occasion.

On 8 and 15 November, the option courses ‘’Introduction to Options’’ take place. What are options, and what can you do with them as (equity) investors? This course is for anyone who has little to no knowledge of options and those who are familiar with the basics of this versatile instrument. After attending the two introductory courses and gaining practical experience, you have a good foundation for the course ‘’Options for advanced’’, which VEB will offer at a later stage, also in cooperation with Euronext.

Since 1924 the VEB represents the interest of private investors. The VEB is the source for independent investment information and now has approximately 45,000 members, including both private and institutional investors.

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02/11/2016 AH Product Pitch 2016 Amsterdam expand

Winner AH Product Pitch 2016 sounds gong

The Amsterdam exchange is opened by the winners of the ‘AH Product Pitch 2016’ in the company of jury member Marit van Egmond, director Merchandising & Sourcing.

Kaas in ’t Bakkie, from entrepreneurs Bob van Oosterhout and Paul and Wouter Rodenberg, won the competition and get one year shelf space at Albert Heijn, coaching to achieve growth and an investment package worth €100,000. Young entrepreneurs with an innovative product and their own company were able to enter the competition. With this competition, Albert Heijn wants to encourage young entrepreneurs and provide their customers with innovative products. The nominees were invited to pitch their ideas to a jury on 1 November 2016.

The Product Pitch is an initiative of Albert Heijn to encourage youth entrepreneurship and to be continuously innovative in their product range. Albert Heijn is part of Euronext listed Ahold Delhaize  (ticker symbol: AD).

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01/11/2016 Pensioen3daagse Amsterdam expand

Sounding of the gong for Pensioen3daagse

This year, the sixth edition of the Pensioen3daagse (3 day pension fair), initiated by platform Money Wise (Wijzer in geldzaken) takes place. Participants of the Pensioen3daagse visit the Amsterdam exchange and sound the gong.

The purpose of this three-day fair is to promote financial resilience at a later age. Money Wise developed a tool in this context ‘’What should I do for my retirement?’’ that enables people to make an assessment of their situation later in life. The Pensioen3daagse includes pension consultations and awareness in the workplace. Insurers, banks and financial advisers also open their branches to people with retirement questions.

Participants in the Pensioen3daagse include Authority for the Financial Markets Association of Insurers, Pension Federation, Pension Register Foundation, Ministry of Finance, Adfiz, FFP, Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, the Dutch Central Bank, Nibud, several banks, pension funds and insurers, unions, educational institutions, pension advisors and many other employers.

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