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Danish pension fund chief explains firing of veteran CIO

Denmark's EUR 9.5 billion pension fund PBU is firing its Chief Investment Officer Morten Schou, who has held the role since 2003. PBU's Chief Executive tells AMWatch why the CIO was ousted. He emphasizes that it had nothing to do with investment returns.

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Higher costs to cover state pensions, a large sub-class with few pension funds and particularly low pensions among women, as well as some completely without pension cover. The OECD's the latest pension report reveals Germany as a country in need of extensive reforms going far beyond the pension area.

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New AMF Fonder chief sees big challenges for fund sector in 2018

"The funds sector is facing several major challenges in the next few year," says Jonas Eliasson, as he takes over as new CEO of AMF Fonder. The former Alfred Berg Fonder chief describes his new role as “fun and exciting” because of the task of making the company better able to succeed in the future.

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…and more about people

Swedish pension giant AMF hires new CEO of its fund division, AMF Fonder. Pensiondanmark snatches portfolio manager from Danica, and Europe's second biggest bank by assets, French BNP Paribas, names new CEO for Nordic Region who has spent the past twenty years in American investment bank Citi.

Solidar CEO hopes funds can start trading again after December ban

The scandal-hit Premium Pension System (PPM) in Sweden is forced to ban another of its marketplace fund providers: Solidar funds are ordered by the Swedish Pensions Agency to stop trading, pending an investigation into whether the manager is living up to its obligations as a marketplace provider.

PFA makes new investment with Goldman Sachs

Danish pension company PFA has joined forces with American investment bank Goldman Sachs to inject money into the company Avantor which manufactures silicone, among other things, according to Danish news media Finans.

German investment opportunities bloom for Nordic asset managers

With bond yields languishing at extreme lows, German pension providers are being forced to invest their funds abroad. And Nordic financial houses are becoming increasingly successful in building strong customer relationships on the basis of solid returns. Over the next month, AMWatch will look at how to get a foothold in the highly-fragmented German pension and investment market.

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Low bond yields trigger consolidation wave in German life insurance

A squeezed bond market may force German life insurers of up to EUR 180 billion in size to change hands over the next five years, according to ratings agency Fitch. Several Nordic asset managers could find new, enterprising business partners within the predicted wave of consolidation.

Here's how Aberdeen Standard Investment does ESG

For people in the investment industry, ESG, ethics, impact, and an array of other terms have become part of everyday life over the past ten years. But how do you use ESG? As a filter or as an integrated part of your risk and opportunity analysis?

AMWatch has spoken to Cindy Rose, Head of Responsible Investing at Aberdeen Standard Investment.

Denmark's Sparinvest names new deputy CEO

Ambitions for growth have prompted Sparinvest to appoint a deputy CEO for the first time, says CEO Per Noesgaard. The new second-in-command may also be a leader-in-waiting, says Noesgaard, though he himself is far from ready to vacate the top job..

...and more about people

New job for SEB's head of Investor Relations, Handelsbanken's part-owner hires new legal head and Topdanmark names temporary Chief Executive.

Manhattan networking key to US success for Denmark's C Worldwide

Danish asset manager C Worldwide has been around for more than 30 years and a large slice of its investor base is now located in Australia and Canada. But it was only last year that the firm turned its sights on US investors. AMWatch meets C Worldwide's new New York representative.

Alm. Brand Invest deploys wall-to-wall ethical screen

Alm. Brand Invest is expanding, and hoping the DKK 4.2 billion (EUR 135 million) it now has under management will passe the DKK 10 billion mark within the foreseeable future. Ethical investment is a key ingredient in its recipe for growth. AMWatch meets senior VP Torben Frederiksen from Alm. Brand Asset Management.

Saxo Bank's Fasdal predicts lower spreads for bond clients

What will happen to the spread on bonds when MiFID II takes effect and research and trade costs are separated? And what about the bond market in general? AMWatch puts five questions to Simon Fasdal, Head of Fixed Income at Saxo Bank, about the post-MiFID II world.

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