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Office buildings in Oslo, Norway

Norwegian oil fund rebounds in 2016 but property profit falls

Tue, 28 Feb 2017By

US investments ballooned last year at the expense of European assets

farming agriculture

PensionDanmark posts 7% gain as member numbers return to pre-crisis levels

Tue, 28 Feb 2017By

CEO sees benefits of investments being less coupled to developments in the world economy and equity markets

Stockholm, Sweden

AP1 return doubles in 2016 to 9.3% as property, forex lift result

Fri, 24 Feb 2017By

CEO says shelving of AP Funds reform meant AP1 could ‘seriously and credibly’ focus on strategy

Stockholm, Sweden

Nordic roundup: Sustainable Value Creation, Folksam, KLP, Oslo

Wed, 22 Feb 2017By

Major investors shown to have boosted governance and sustainability practices at Swedish firms

Hans Fahlin, CIO, AP2 Sweden

AP funds struggling with investment restrictions, says AP2 CIO

Wed, 22 Feb 2017By

Buffer funds’ risk taking should be controlled in ‘a more nuanced way’

Ingrid Albinsson, CIO of Sweden's AP7

AP7 eyes diversification with EM, small cap equities

Fri, 17 Feb 2017By

Swedish default pension fund may use green mandates to widen clean-tech exposure

Norway View

Norway slashes SWF’s expected return to 3%

Fri, 17 Feb 2017By

Planned equity allocation of 70% for giant sovereign fund is “acceptable”, says government

Helsinki snow

Property writedowns wipe tenth off Varma’s 2016 returns

Thu, 16 Feb 2017By

Finnish pensions insurer increases returns to 4.7% in “good year”

Gothenburg

Shares and EM bonds drive AP2’s return to 10.5% in 2016

Fri, 10 Feb 2017By

Gothenburg-based pensions buffer fund says bringing assets in-house has worked

Danish houses

PFA sees contributions balloon after Bankpension merger

Thu, 9 Feb 2017By

Investment return boosted by profits on corporate, mortgage, and government bonds

Farmland

AP Pension denies CEO quit over pressure to invest in farms

Thu, 9 Feb 2017By

Agriculture was part of strategy for attractive returns with controlled risk, fund says

Danish lighthouse

Nordic roundup: Norwegian civil service pension reform, JØP/DIP, AP Pension

Wed, 8 Feb 2017By

‘Winners and losers’ from Norwegian reform, while Danish pensions report returns

Handshake

Wednesday people roundup

Wed, 8 Feb 2017By IPE Staff

Kempen, Altis, RPMI Railpen, Allianz, Hermes, Lazard, Columbia Threadneedle, Quaero Capital, Insight Investment, Morgan Stanley, MSCI

Stockholm, Sweden

Swedish premium pension firm objects to planned AP7 expansion

Tue, 7 Feb 2017By

SPP Fonder CEO says premium pension reform draft contains “remarkable” assumption

Danish lighthouse

Danica grows client base by 9% in 2016

Thu, 2 Feb 2017By

Denmark’s second largest commercial pension provider said it achieved a “satisfactory and attractive return”

Northern nights in Norway

Norway’s oil fund lifts exclusion as Raytheon exits cluster bombs

Wed, 25 Jan 2017By

Sovereign wealth fund revokes ethical exclusion of US firm after 12 years

Forests in Finland

Ilmarinen starts linking portfolio managers’ incentives to sustainability

Fri, 20 Jan 2017By

Finnish pensions insurance giant adopts sustainability benchmark indices in investments

House fronts, Copenhagen, Denmark

Danish roundup: PFA Pension, Sampension

Mon, 16 Jan 2017By

Denmark’s biggest commercial pension provider reports higher-than-forecast returns

Geiranger Fjord, Norway

Norwegian pension funds demand equality with insurers in solvency rules

Wed, 11 Jan 2017By

Draft treats infrastructure, mortgage-backed bonds more strictly for pension funds

Red light

​Red light for proposed changes to Sweden’s traffic-light system

Tue, 10 Jan 2017By

FSA drops plans to change model for insurance companies, pension funds

All Latest Nordic Region News

boats in bildudalur harbour icelandic funds look to set sail in foreign waters

Pensions in Nordic Region: Iceland - Opportunities abound

December 2016 (Magazine)By

Icelandic funds are looking to step up their foreign exposure now that exchange controls are being lifted. But they are in no rush

Alternative Financing: Making a private judgement call

December 2016 (Magazine)

Can Nordic pension funds use their experience with private equity to build private debt portfolios? Carlo Svaluto Moreolo reports

Denmark: Crossing the pensions divide

December 2016 (Magazine)By

Pension providers are venturing outside their traditional markets, reflecting changing career patterns, writes Rachel Fixsen

Finland: The great public-private transfer

December 2016 (Magazine)

As Finland prepares to transfer responsibility for pension liabilities away from the state towards the private sector, Reeta Paakkinen looks at possible outcomes for provision and contributions

Finland: In-house property focus at Etera

December 2016 (Magazine)By Reeta Ilona Paakkinen

Jukka Reijonen, head of real assets at Etera, the Finnish occupational pension insurance company, talks to Reeta Paakkinen about the fund’s investment portfolio

All Pensions in Nordic Region

Financial Reporting Council (FRC)

LAPFF hits out at UK's Financial Reporting Council

Mon, 27 Feb 2017By

FRC warrants ‘intensive investigation’ from government, argues public pension fund group

Accountancy

FRC plans overhaul of UK corporate governance code

Tue, 21 Feb 2017By

Accounting regulator to act after parliamentary committee completes governance inquiry

Stock price on monitor

Accounting roundup: More illegal dividends unearthed

Wed, 15 Feb 2017By

Dunelm and Hargreaves Lansdown made payments without reporting up-to-date cash balances

Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria

Bulgarian review leads to writedown of asset values

Tue, 7 Feb 2017By Krystyna Krzyzak

System is nevertheless deemed sustainable by Financial Supervision Commission

Accountancy

Accounting roundup: 'illegal' dividends, PIRC, FRC, s172, EFRAG

Mon, 6 Feb 2017By

PIRC’s disputes with FRC continue, and EFRAG hunts for hybrid pension fund experts

All News and Opinions

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Letter from Brussels: Ready with the axe?

    The lack of demand rather than supply for both credit and capital is a common criticism from investors of the EU’s capital market union (CMU) programme

  • Letter from Brussels: Awaking a sleep-walking economy

    A few more European cross-border lending opportunities have started to emerge. This follows anticipation of the European Investment Plan launched by Jean-Claude Juncker

  • Letter from Brussels: Bond market scrutiny

    There has been a flurry of activity and comment from industry groups on the subject of bond market liquidity

  • Letter from Brussels: Uphill battle for CMU

    There is enthusiasm for the EU’s capital market union (CMU) project. However, it faces prodigious obstacles in achieving its 2019 deadline.

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