Living the dream - quit his job to sail the seven seas

While a boat trip around the world, surrounded only by family and dolphins, is a dream shared by many, only a select few make it reality. FinansWatch asks Michael Vitfell-Rasmussen, who has worked for years as an Equity Analyst, about his thoughts and expectations ahead of 12 months at sea.

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Media: EQT going public in September

Unnamed sources have informed Danish business daily Børsen that the largest private equity firm in the Nordics, EQT is going public in September.

Competitors examine business following scandalous Danske Bank case

In the aftermath of the Danske Bank fee scandal, sector peers are investigating whether their own customers pay excessive fees without any real prospects of a return. According to Danish Financial Supervisory Authority Director General Jesper Berg, new EU regulation has led banks to look for new income opportunities.

Hedge fund manager sees his fund as a "luxury product"

Mikael Petersson manages Swedish hedge fund Coeli Absolute European Equity with EUR 56.6m under management. "I don't have a problem charging for the excess return that I deliver. I think it is absolutely fair," says Petersson when confronted with the asset management industry's criticism of high fees.

SEB to bolster product offering and staff to increase AUM

The financial group's top management recently wrote a playbook containing three focal strategic topics. Its general purpose is to boost the asset management business. AMWatch has met with Head of Asset Management Sales and Head of Investments in Denmark to discuss the plans.

Keva to boost property portfolio amid growing competition

The most recent addition to the major asset owner's property portfolio is Strömkarlen 4 in Helsingborg, purchased last week by Keva's and Alecta's joint venture Stadsrum Fastigheter. Finland's largest pension fund targets regional joint ventures -- such as an ongoing hotel development project in Copenhagen with Danish AP Pension.

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Water risk disclosures: a growing issue ignored by companies in AP7's multi-billion portfolio

In the past two years, the topic of climate change has completely drowned the issue of water risk management disclosure improvements which has not had the necessary attention in board rooms, according to AP7 and Sustainalytics that publish a report on the subject today. AMWatch has discussed the development with the companies and whether improvement in 65 percent of the engaged companies are to be considered a satisfactory outcome.

PenSam reproaches oil companies

Based on the pension fund's intentions to make a greener investment portfolio, Pensam has decided to exclude 26 of the largest global oil companies, writes Danish daily Information.

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