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Geiranger Fjord, Norway

Equities lift performance of Norwegian domestic SWF

Wed, 16 Aug 2017By

Economic growth worldwide lifted fund’s investment performance, says CEO

Norway View

Norway launches reviews of oil fund on management, private equity

Tue, 15 Aug 2017By ,

Academics from Norway and Sweden tasked with assessing NOK7.7trn SWF

Stock market traders

PFA expects equities to stay supported through 2017

Mon, 7 Aug 2017By

Danish pension fund strategist says this year is turning point for businesses internationally

Stockholm, Sweden

AP1 lifts first half return to 5.2% after busy property phase

Mon, 7 Aug 2017By

Swedish pensions buffer fund CEO says achieving high real return is ‘more demanding’

Anders Schelde

Nordea’s Anders Schelde jumps to Denmark’s MP Pension

Mon, 17 Jul 2017By

CIO cites strong focus on responsible investment as attraction of the smaller pension fund

Solar panels

AP Pension invests DKK500m in green energy fund

Mon, 17 Jul 2017By

Danish commercial pension fund adds to renewable energy investments

Stockholm, Sweden

AP funds set for 40% illiquids cap as government relaxes mandates

Fri, 14 Jul 2017By

Government proposal abolishes 10% external management requirement 

Gavel

PensionDanmark nets DKK100m from withholding tax ruling

Mon, 3 Jul 2017By

Industriens Pension also to share in refunds after decision that could affect multiple Danish investors

Clamecy wind farm in France

ABP takes €327m stake in large Swedish wind farm

Mon, 3 Jul 2017By

Civil service pension scheme seeks to cut out external managers and increase direct control of the project

Finland View

Finland's Ilmarinen to merge with Etera

Thu, 29 Jun 2017By

Two of Finland’s biggest pensions insurers to become one from next January, challenging Varma’s dominance

Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen

ATP leverages domestic equities success with pan-Nordic strategy

Tue, 27 Jun 2017By

Danish pensions giant has also increased focus on small caps

Hemmingsen

AP Pension hires PenSam’s Hemmingsen for insourcing push

Tue, 20 Jun 2017By

Danish pension fund seeks equities chief after creating separate equities, bonds departments

ExxonMobil oil rig

Sweden's AP7 cuts six companies from investment universe

Fri, 16 Jun 2017By

Companies blacklisted for breaches of the Paris Agreement on climate change

House fronts, Copenhagen, Denmark

Denmark’s PBU seeks support for tax ethics code

Wed, 14 Jun 2017By

Welfare society and developing countries are harmed by “tax twisting”, says CEO

Rosenborg Castle, Denmark

PKA adds fourth pension fund with pharmaconomists’ contract

Wed, 7 Jun 2017By

Costs set to halve for DKK10.4bn labour-market fund following transition in 2018

Nyhavn in Copenhagen, Denmark

Denmark's private pension overhaul criticised by industry

Mon, 5 Jun 2017By

PKA and Aon underwhelmed by coalition’s new political programme on retirement

Amundi teams up with French energy agency

Danish pension funds guarded about IT venture fund plan

Wed, 31 May 2017By

PFA says US tech venture capital investments have outperformed homegrown firms

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Scandinavian investor seeks systematic 'trend following' fund via IPE Quest

Tue, 30 May 2017By IPE Staff

Also: Dutch pension fund using IPE Quest Discovery service for debt manager searches

Stockholm, Sweden

AP2 positive as Sweden revives parts of shelved buffer fund reform

Thu, 25 May 2017By

Government confirms intention to draft investment, sustainability rules changes

Lars Løkke Rasmussen, prime minister, Denmark

Danish government drops plan for pension age increase

Tue, 23 May 2017By

Prime minister fails to gather broad political support for longer working from 2025

All Latest Nordic Region News

Sweden: AP funds power on

June 2017 (Magazine)By

Buffer funds seek greater flexibility to invest in alternatives

Asset strategy: Threat or opportunity?

June 2017 (Magazine)By

Outlining the dynamics of the Nordic institutional investment market

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Norway: Ahead of its time

June 2017 (Magazine)By

Norway’s local government fund makes extensive use of ESG strategies

Iceland: Back in the game

June 2017 (Magazine)By

Icelandic pension funds are returning to the world stage

Finland asset allocation: Views from Helsinki

June 2017 (Magazine)By Reeta Ilona Paakkinen

Three major Finnish pension investors in focus

All Pensions in Nordic Region

EIOPA, ECB consult on information gathering

LCP: Defined benefit funds are 'fighting for survival'

Wed, 2 Aug 2017By

FTSE 100 companies have pumped £150bn into DB funds in 10 years but large deficits remain

Coats thread pic

UK roundup: FRC expands Coats pension investigation

Wed, 2 Aug 2017By

Latest monthly private sector DB deficit estimates give contrasting picture 

Netspar to branch out into artificial intelligence, big data

Sponsors 'must review DB terms' after accounting rule change

Wed, 26 Jul 2017By

IAS19 proposal could affect future sponsor contribution levels and viability of buyout plans, consultants warn

Accountancy

Pensions accounting in IASB’s sights as disclosure project takes shape

Wed, 12 Jul 2017By

Accounting body proposes removing choice for sponsors to report interest 

DNB to assess Dutch asset management charges

Accounting roundup: FRC, GAAP, IFRS, IASB, S&P

Tue, 11 Jul 2017By

UK’s FRC says more work needed before updating GAAP in line with IFRS changes 

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  • Letter from Brussels: Reboot for Capital Markets Union

    The European Commission’s “further steps to drive forward the Capital Markets Union (CMU)” outline nine new priority legislative actions to solve the EU’s long-term cross-border investment challenge

  • Letter from Brussels: EU seeks to avert Brexit arbitrage

    Strong words on Brexit are flying in political circles. But behind the theatre, concerns about the future of London’s fund management sector are emerging

  • Letter from Brussels: A warm reception for PEPP

    In contrast to complaints that Brussels’s legislation burdens the financial sector, the European Commission may be gratified by the positive response to its flagship Capital Markets Union (CMU) programme. 

  • Letter from Brussels: Brexit and equivalence

    Nothing could be clearer. For the financial sector, at least, there is nothing to fear from Brexit. All the UK has to do is to apply to the EU’s rules – the crucial term ‘equivalence’

  • Letter from Brussels: Resaver’s first stage kicks off

    The European Commission’s project to set up a pension scheme for research and development professionals whose careers take them across EU borders has finally reached its first stages of operation.

  • Letter from Brussels: Unclear on clearance

    The prolongation for 18 months of pension funds’ exemption from posting collateral when trading over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives is leading PensionsEurope to seek clarification. 

  • Letter from Brussels: EU focus on tax tricks

    There is increasing attention in Brussels on company reporting, taxation and offshore financial centres. The G20 and some OECD countries have demanded country-by-country reporting rules for multinational companies with a turnover over €750m

  • Letter from Brussels: Pan-EU private schemes for 2017?

    Legislation proposing pan-EU personal pension products (PEPPs) could be tabled in 2017, according to the European Commission

  • Letter from Brussels: A vision for cross-border workers

    A former director of the European Association of Paritarian Institutions (AEIP) has proposed a new option for occupational pensions that could help the large number of workers whose careers take them across EU internal borders.

  • Letter from Brussels: Weighty in-tray for new CMU commissioner

    Valdis Dombrovskis has assumed responsibility as commissioner in charge of the flagship Capital Markets Union project. But he has also assumed the added complication of the withdrawal of the UK

  • Letter from Brussels: Posted worker woes

    It will not be the first time that proposed revisions to EU rules affecting finance and pensions get stuck in a logjam between interests groups

  • Letter from Brussels: Tax targeting continues

    Pressure to clean up the financial sector has led to copious legislation from Brussels. 

  • Letter from Brussels: Ethical pressures mount

    There are plenty of indicators of rising pressure to advance ethical standards across the financial sector. One outcome takes the form of mountains of clean-up legislation, including from Brussels. 

  • Letter from Brussels: Beefing up the CMU

    Inadequacy of European national court systems in the financial sphere is due for overhaul. Upgrade is necessary if the EU’s capital markets union programme (CMU) is going to get anywhere, according to a high-status paper

  • Letter from Brussels: Race to upgrade EFSI

    Legislative moves to support the EU’s European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) are being rushed through Brussels. But, so far, evidence of any torrent of fund movement by the institutional investment sector across EU frontiers has yet to emerge.

  • Letter from Brussels: A simmering conflict

    Conflict continues to simmer over the issue of passport rights for non-EU-domiciled hedge funds across the EU

  • Letter from Brussels: A lawyer’s feast

    It is a case of tackling one challenge after another in the Capital Markets Union (CMU). According to the European Commission, the present morass of different national insolvency rules creates a barrier to the flow of capital across the EU. 

  • Letter from Brussels: Cross-border challenge for IORP II

    IORP II may have cleared the European Parliament’s committee stage but amendments tabled to the second directive covering occupational pensions since 2003 are so radical that it would be unwise to forecast its future.

  • Letter from Brussels: Focus on low returns

    Dismally low returns on EU pension fund investments over 15 years? The allegation comes in a study by Better Finance, the European Federation of Investors & Financial Services Users. The report, Pensions Savings: The Real Return, points to excessive fees, points to other charges, and badly framed taxation rules, as the culprits.

  • Cayman Islands Sign

    Letter from Brussels: Pressure builds on tax havens

    Brussels’ financial focus is on aggressive corporate tax planning and the related question of tax havens. This concerns the hedge fund ‘passport’ rights to do business across the EU and compliance of the offshore jurisdictions where they are domiciled to EU norms.

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