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Folksam chief jumps to government-backed agency; Sparebank hires portfolio manager for fund launch, and Dane to lead European business for large US-corporation.

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Property still cheap, say partners at DKK 22 billion RE firm

Niels Lorentz Nielsen and John Fisker Bødker -- who have known each other since university -- head up asset manager Core Property Management. In a rare interview with AM's sister site, EjendomsWatch, they talk about the strategy and generational change.

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Pensam lauds half year result in challenging market

In the first six months of 2018, Pensam made a return of a little over one percent. According to its CEO, the company is off to a good start compared to many rivals who are typically more exposed to equities -- assets that were generally under pressure in the first half.

NBIM behind climate change framework

To speed up the integration of climate change risk analysis into the management of large pools of assets, a group of six SWFs have recently launched the framework The One Planet Sovereign Wealth Fund Working Group.

Private debt fundraising dips in H1 but trend still strong, says Preqin

International investors’ interest in distressed debt has overtaken that of mezzanine — the previous favourite, according to the latest report from alternatives data firm Preqin. Overall, private debt fundraising levels fell back in the first half of this year, but the asset type is still seen reaching three-quarters of a trillion dollars in next 1-2 years.

Sparinvest turns to own standards for new ethical fund

This summer, Sparinvest has added a new ethical fund to its palette of passive funds. But instead of taking the traditional route and following an ethical index, the institution is taking a different approach and formulating its own set of ethical guidelines for the fund, according to Lars Toft Jensen, Senior Portfolio Manager.

Marmorbyen buyer doubles operating profit in first half

German real estate manager Patrizia Immobilien, which snapped up the 259 apartments of Copenhagen’s waterside Marble City (Marmorbyen) residential area at the beginning of the year, has reported huge asset growth in the first six months of 2018 after integrating two major property management firms into its organisation.

No trend chaser: T. Rowe Price targets long-term alpha

Demand may have surged for passive strategies and alternatives, but they do not form part of T. Rowe Price's product offering. Not all asset managers should pursue ever-changing trends in the financial markets, the firm's Nordic chief tells AMWatch.

Accunia stretches investor base with third CLO bond issue

The boutique's third CLO issue has commitments of EUR 361.75 million, with the money now coming from a larger and more geographically-diversified investor base than its predecessors. It shows Accunia is becoming more broadly accepted by major institutional investors, according to the firm's chief executive.

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Sparinvest's recipe for improving PRI assessment scores

Sparinvest has become an all A-grade student in the annual assessment report from the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI). The asset manager's head of responsible of investment shed some light on how the score was boosted, stressing that it is the portfolio managers -- not her -- making the main decisions.

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Former chief portfolio manager from Danske Capital finds new job; Illmarinen CEO steps down and senior portfolio manager from Nykredit is set to join one of Denmark's labour-market pension funds.

AMF boosts investment in less cyclical assets

Sweden's AMF reports a total return of 3.5 percent for the first six months of 2018. Releasing interim financial figures, the pension fund highlights the need for risk diversification in order to deliver attractive returns in the future -- in the face of growing market turbulence.

Former Novo Nordisk manager urges CEOs to speed up SDG progress

It has been more than 1,000 days since UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted. The clock is ticking, and companies, institutional investors and top executives must accelerate the pace of progress, says Lise Kingo, CEO of UN Global Compact.

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