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Stockholm, Sweden

AP1 awards $400m global high-yield mandate to Hermes

Fri, 20 Oct 2017By

Swedish pension fund cites Hermes’ approach to ESG risk pricing

PostNord

Trade unions demand SEK1.9bn from PostNord for pension fund

Mon, 16 Oct 2017By

Sponsor ‘broke collective agreement’ by taking out funds before insuring scheme, union claims

Latin America Real Estate Region

PKA invests DKK250m in Latin America, Africa micro-loans

Wed, 11 Oct 2017By

CEO Damgaard Jensen says investment combines several of PKA’s key goals 

Danish houses

Danish engineers’ pension funds agree to pool contributions

Wed, 4 Oct 2017By

ISP says DIP/JØP merger must show benefits before link-up progresses

Hans Sterte, Alecta

Alecta hires Skandia's Sterte for investment chief role

Thu, 28 Sep 2017By

Hans Sterte to replace Per Frennberg following his abrupt departure earlier this year

Facebook HQ, Silicon Valley

AP7: Facebook climbdown over stock dispute saved investors $10bn

Wed, 27 Sep 2017By

Reclassification of stock would have created terrible governance scheme, says CEO

Stockholm, Sweden

Swedish mail operator withdraws SEK900m from pension fund

Tue, 26 Sep 2017By

Regulator warns of long-term problems after employer also quadruples discount rate

Torben Möger Pedersen, CEO, PensionDanmark

Private capital must be mobilised to meet SDG goals: PensionDanmark chief

Fri, 22 Sep 2017By

Torben Möger Pedersen ugres greater use of blended finance models to combine private and public investment

Stefan Lundbergh, Cardano

Sweden’s PPM fund platform needs a sheriff, says Lundbergh

Fri, 15 Sep 2017By

Cardano director presents report on Swedish premium pension system reform

Iceland

Iceland’s investment rules move towards prudent person principle

Fri, 15 Sep 2017By

New regulation introduces ESG requirements and risk budgeting for pension fund portfolios

PensionDanmark, Danica invest in shipping mandate

Danish roundup: Investors sue Morgan Stanley, Carnegie over OW Bunker

Tue, 12 Sep 2017By

LD awards DKK1bn alternative credit mandate to US firm Apollo

Claus Wiinblad, ATP

Interview: Claus Wiinblad – Danish equities, ATP

Fri, 1 Sep 2017By

ATP’s Danish equities chief outlines his successful domestic strategy

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Scandinavian pension fund tenders $100m EM mandate via IPE Quest

Fri, 1 Sep 2017By IPE Staff

Also: Foundation puts out feelers for securitised credit investment ideas

Denmark: Moves to boost pension saving

September 2017 (Magazine)By

Government plan offers incentives to encourage Danes to save more

Finland: Reforms postponed

September 2017 (Magazine)By Reeta Ilona Paakkinen

Plans to reform the provision of social and health services will have a knock-on effect on occupational pensions

Iceland: A time of change

September 2017 (Magazine)By

New laws are having a liberalising effect on pension funds

Setting Sweden’s buffer funds loose

September 2017 (Magazine)By

Sweden’s four largest AP funds appeared to have had their greatest wish granted this summer

Norway: Tax incentives for pension saving

September 2017 (Magazine)By

Government plans taxation measures to encourage the population to save for retirement

Sweden: More freedom to invest

September 2017 (Magazine)By

Rules limiting investment by national pensions buffer funds have been relaxed

Danish lighthouse

Danish pensions tax plan flawed, industry says

Thu, 31 Aug 2017By

Government completes new pensions incentives tax plan but F&P, PKA critical

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

uk election result compounds brexit uncertainty

Brexit threat to international accounting standards convergence

Wed, 18 Oct 2017By

Aviva, Legal & General and Prudential urge government to keep local rules in place after Brexit

EIOPA, ECB consult on information gathering

Accounting roundup: Reporting reforms and post-Brexit rules

Mon, 9 Oct 2017By

IASB proposes new financial performance measure; ICAEW calls for maintainance of accounting standards

Accountancy

IASB orders more research into controversial accounting rule changes

Mon, 2 Oct 2017By

UK DB funds could dodge controversial rules by renegotiating scheme rules, say consultants

No DC sugar rush

October 2017 (Magazine)By

There is a strong risk that Germany’s pensions reform becomes neither a stunning success nor a stunning failure, but just adds to the complexity of German workplace pensions

A time for strong nerves

October 2017 (Magazine)By

It is understandable that investors are nervous. Not only are valuations stretched in many markets but there seems to be a significant threat of military conflict

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  • Letter From Brussels: Pension rights for posted workers

    Discussions over the payment of social costs, including pension rights, for a large cohort of employees from central and eastern European countries posted temporarily to work in wealthier EU countries are playing a major role in the attempt to update the existing Posting of Workers Directives

  • Letter from Brussels: Tax threatens PEPP proposal

    At first sight, the benefits of the European Commission’s Pan European Personal Pension (PEPP) regulation proposal seem clear. But it did not take long for commentators to point out the considerable hurdles

  • 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.

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