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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

Kristoffer Fabricius Birch, head of equities, LD

Denmark’s LD overhauls equities strategy to balance risks

Thu, 18 May 2017By


New equities chief cuts Danish stock market exposure to 8% from 25%

Stockholm, Sweden

AP7 return leads Sweden's premium pension providers in 2016

Tue, 16 May 2017By

Good year for premium pensions despite ‘doubtful’ performance from handful of funds

Norway View

Norway proposes lower tax private pensions in 2017 budget

Mon, 15 May 2017By

Finance minister aims to facilitate more private savings for retirement

Norway View

KLP sees demand heat up for DC pensions

Fri, 12 May 2017By

Norwegian municipal pension fund watches for local government reform impact

OPF's office in Norway

Nordic roundup: Oslo fund's return driven by infra, equities in Q1

Thu, 11 May 2017By

Norway’s largest municipal pension fund Oslo Pensjonsforsiking (OPF) produced a 2.8% value-adjusted return on customer funds in the first three months of this year.

Helsinki, Finland

Finland's VER backs risk premia, eyes real assets additions

Wed, 10 May 2017By Reeta Ilona Paakkinen

Diversification efforts hindered by state-enforced investment limits on alternatives

Danish lighthouse

Scandinavian investor seeks multi-asset, systematic manager via IPE Quest

Mon, 8 May 2017By IPE Staff

Mandate for multi-asset style/risk premia tendered

Reflection ESG tree

ESG integration helps returns, volatility: State Street survey

Thu, 4 May 2017By Frank van Alphen

80% of institutional investors were satisfied or very satisfied with returns from ESG-tilted allocations

Nyhavn pier, Copenhagen, Denmark

Change Danish pensions law to allow phased retirement, says Aon

Thu, 20 Apr 2017By

‘Partial pensions’ more effective than higher retirement age in maintaining workforce

ExxonMobil under pressure from Church Commissioners

PKA cuts five oil firms but rejects blanket stance on fossil fuels

Wed, 19 Apr 2017By

Danish pension fund says nuanced approach recognises renewables moves

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

Sterling

Accounting roundup: Discounting, ClientEarth, FTSE 350 audits

Tue, 27 Jun 2017By

No change to foreign currency discounting; environmental lawyer flags up BoE climate change concerns

Glencore coal mine

Accounting roundup: BP, Glencore under pressure on climate change

Fri, 2 Jun 2017By

Also: IASB puts pension accounting project on hold but presses on with new reporting standards for insurers

Perpetuum mobile

June 2017 (Magazine)By

The Dutch people are used to drawn out pension reform

Politics needs a longer lens

June 2017 (Magazine)By

It is necessary to come to terms with the end of left and right

Lending risks are exaggerated

June 2017 (Magazine)By

Patient investors will benefit from an exposure to alternative credit

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

  • Letter from Brussels: A tricky path ahead

    The process of making pensions policy in Brussels between now and end of the year resembles two juggernauts moving towards each other

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