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Länsforsikringar loosens guarantee on pension product

Swedish financial group Länsforsikringar will in future include alternative assets in its guaranteed pension product. At the same time, it is lowering the guarantee on new pension deposits to 80 percent from 100 percent after 10 years.

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Awards go to green, low-risk Swedish funds in 2018

Sustainability is a winning factor for all the most successful investment funds on the Swedish market last year. Funds with lower risk levels have made the most of the large stock market declines, a recent survey from the Fondsmarknaden.se shows.

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AP4 rules out nuclear weapons and oil sands companies

Incoming rule changes for four of the national funds backing Sweden's state pension system have inspired AP4 to take its responsible investment further -- erasing more industrial sectors from its investment universe.

Colliers partner jumps into lead role at Heimstaden

A 32-year-old commercial real estate agent has clinched the top job at one of northern Europe's largest commercial real estate firms. The CEO of his new firm describes him a cross between soccer stars Zlatan and Messi. The Dane will now spearhead the development of Heimstaden's new investment arm for the entire group in Copenhagen.

Finnish timberland investor targets Portuguese business growth

Dasos Capital, the Finnish timberland investor, is now in the process of expanding its investments in Portugal. Its CEO tells AMWatch the company has its eye on cork in particular -- a sustainable material currently seeing a strong revival in demand around the world.

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Organisation change within Danske Wealth Management, a new CEO in Svenska Fondhandlareföreningen, and Engagement International expands its US team.

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Swiss bank challenges Nordea and introduces ETPs in Denmark

Nordea is the biggest provider of Exchange Traded Products (ETPs) to private investors today. But a large European player foresees further growth in the market, and is set to list a wide range of certificates on Nordic Growth Market stock exchange on Friday.

East Capital sees China as "key priority" in 2019

With Chinese stocks having made it into MSCI's indices last year, China is one of the main areas of focus in 2019 for Swedish emerging and frontier market investor East Capital Asset Management, partner and senior adviser Karine Hirn tells AMWatch.

Danske splits CIO role into two

Held by Anders Svennesen for several years, Danske Bank is now moving to divide the role of CIO into two. Svennesen will stay but find himself with a double.

Aberdeen Standard favors link-ups for alternatives access

Enabling clients to invest in private market investments they could not otherwise access is a key theme for Aberdeen Standard Investments. The EUR 630 billion investment firm does this through client partnerships as well as products combining the characteristics of both private and public markets.

Kirk Kapital waves farewell to CFO

A new investment strategy put in place in the late fall of 2018 at Kirk Kapital has led to the family-owned investment firm parting company with its CFO.

Pensions major clashes with consumer champions on passive funds

Despite calls for pension providers to offer and market passive investment funds, Denmark's largest pension company sees no reason why its customers should use trackers. If they do, they will only be taking on bigger risks, says PFA's CIO in an interview with AMWatch's sister site FinansWatch.

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