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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.

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 restructures billions invested in international equities

ATP's new chief executive, Christian Hyldahl, has a vision: ATP needs more simplicity and transparency. The vision is being realized around the organization -- most recently in the shape of major restructuring in the company's investments in international equities.

Storebrand hires new sales chief to spearhead Swedish expansion

The Norwegian financial services group plans to build on recent business growth in its Swedish asset management operation — particularly at its subsidiary SPP Fonder — and has promoted internally by naming a new sales chief to take control of the next phase of the commercial push.

Aberdeen: Classic equity-bond portfolio will fail to deliver

Balanced equity-bond portfolios have served people very well over the past twenty years. But that will not be the case for the next decade, Aberdeen Asset Management warns. As a result, the asset manager no longer has any government bonds in its discretionary multi-asset funds.

Nordea Asset Management creates big data, AI team for credit selection

The asset management unit of Nordea bank is getting ready to exploit the new technological advances of "big data" and artificial intelligence (AI) to meet customer demands, and is setting up a unit to focus on these as tools in the credit security selection process. One executive has been found internally, and three have been brought in from the outside, AMWatch learns.

Spanish-owned funds firm Allfunds to open Nordic office

Set up in 2000 by Spanish Bank Santander, Allfunds says it is now the largest fund distribution platform in Europe. The firm has won clients in Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland over the last few months and now plans to open an office in one of the Nordic countries — the only question is: Which one?

Aberdeen co-founder: Adapting to a changing world

COMMENTARY: Today, Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life are formally merging, creating a behemoth asset manager. Co-founder of Aberdeen, and new Co-CEO of Standard Life Aberdeen, Martin Gilbert, reflects on the rationale behind the merger.

Dane aims to solve pension problem in Austria and Germany

Austria and Germany both lack a tradition of individuals saving for their own retirement. Denmark's Søren Obling is now setting out to change this with his company Finabro, whose investors include one of the largest finance groups in central and eastern Europe.

"The market is calling for new solutions in asset management"

Top movers in the real estate industry are taking the opportunity this summer to look back over the last six months and predict what could be in store for the rest of the year. The chief executive of Datea, Flemming B. Engelhardt, shares his thoughts.

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