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Stronger SRI tilt helps Danish managers win in Germany, says Jyske Capital

Danish asset managers have an edge in Germany because of their stronger ESG/SRI bias, according to Thomas Justen, head of wholesale business in DACH countries for Jyske Capital. "Even a small country like Denmark can offer attractive niche solutions to international clients," he says, and explains how the investment culture differs in Germany.

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OPF buys into Norway tech fund to get closer to growth firms

Norway’s Oslo Pensjonsforsikring (OPF) is putting up to NOK 200 million into a new fund investing in the country’s emerging technology companies. CIO Kjetil Houg says the public sector pension fund is not only buying into the new fund for a good return, but also to gain knowledge about this market segment.

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Career Path: "Politics was part of our dinner-table talk at home"

Peter Damgaard Jensen, chief executive of Danish pension fund provider PKA, has always had a head for the bigger picture, and opted for the twin disciplines of politics and economics at university. Perhaps the constant discussions between his politically-aware parents and their visitors in his childhood home helped form his mindset.

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Saxo Bank: We are part of the solution, not the problem

For a quarter of a century, Saxo Bank has produced solid results and growth that few businesses can match. Even so, the Danish people have yet to completely embrace the bank. CEO Kim Fournais hopes this will change and that the bank will receive the recognition that he believes is due. (Corrected)

...and more about people

Blackrock has found a new head of retail; Nordea Asset Management has created a new regulatory reporting team within its Products & Operations unit, a new CEO is appointed at Danica Ejendomme, and Danish pension fund ATP is hiring a new corporate vice president of HR.

Danish pension funds join insourcing bandwagon

AP Pension is planning to manage a much larger proportion of its assets internally. If all goes well, CIO Ralf Magnussen is ready to take the next step, he says in an interview with AMWatch. ATP is also pulling back investment mandates form external managers.

Fokus reaps business benefits of DKK 900 million Lægernes deal

The asset manager is now set to manage a portfolio of 11 properties for the Danish Doctors' Pension Fund, after advising it on the real estate acquisition from M. Goldschmidt. Fokus Asset Management's CEO and partner talks about the major business win which give a 10 percent boost to assets under management.

Danish master investor hits out at passive funds

Passive funds -- which enjoy huge popularity with investors -- have come in for some sharp criticism from Michael Voss, a man who has generated some of the world's highest returns from active management over the last few years, Børsen reports.

AP7 must be given a clear goal, says Swedish government adviser

The author of a specially-commissioned report to guide the Swedish government on reform of the Premium Pension System (PPM) argues that the Pensions Group should define the explicit goal of the Premium Pension. Today, this key political decision has been delegated to a government agency, the system’s default provider AP7, which he says is “unfair”.

KLP, DNB predict strong demand for new tax-favourable investments

Pensions and investment providers in Norway have just begun offering a new type of equity investment account and are set to launch a new breed of personal pension in November. Both offerings have been made possible by new legislation easing tax conditions as a way of encouraging more individual saving in the country.

"Getting fired was the best thing that happened to me!"

Career Path: Jesper Kirstein, the founder of Denmark's best-known pensions and investment consultancy reveals the motivation that drove him to create his own business in 1993, at a time when he has now just done it a second time with his new investment management firm Spektrum.

...and more about people

ATP hires new head of HR and fires head of British pension venture, as AP7 takes on a new senior portfolio manager.

AP Pension hires new equities chief

AP Pension is expanding its investment unit, and has found a new head of equities at Nykredit Asset Management. The appointee calls his new job "A golden opportunity".

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PFA prefers outsourced property management, says real estate chief

Denmark's largest commercial pension fund PFA relies on major firms Newsec Datea and Deas to manage its commercial and residential properties. The decision to outsource, made several years ago, frees the inhouse leadership to focus on the areas of the business they are best at, the head of the company's real estate division tells EjendomsWatch, an AMWatch sister site.

ATP steps out into residential with Copenhagen homes deal

The first step of ATP's long-awaited residential real estate strategy it taking shape, with the Danish pension fund taking over a debt-ridden company with the necessary space and building rights. Deas has been appointed to manage the properties.

Nasdaq's Sibbern sees huge call for 'matchmaking portal'

Stock exchange giant Nasdaq has put USD 705 million into a portal that matches up asset managers and investors such as pension funds. The acquisition fits perfectly with Nasdaq's strategy, Executive Vice President of Global Information Services, Bjørn Sibbern, tells AMWatch.

ATP has high hopes for Munich hotel acquisition

The pension fund's new DKK 700 million hotel acquisition in Munich highlights the differences between buying core properties in different real estate categories. ATP Real Estate CEO Michael Nielsen elaborates on the investment that forms part of a larger European portfolio deal.

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