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Accunia puts spotlight on CLOs – despite market jitters

A reputation as a conservative asset manager is to boost Copenhagen-based Accunia's business, according to its CIO. He tells AMWatch how the firm has developed its prize asset, Collateralized Loan Obligations, over the last three years.

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Alternatives under the microscope: Investors now hedging equity risk

Graduating with a BSc in microbiology was not obviously going to lead to Christian Howells managing a USD 1 billion private equity and real estate fund. Let alone work with hedge funds, corporate bonds, infrastructure, and other alternatives as senior investment director at the EUR 630 billion firm Aberdeen Standard Investments. AMWatch took him back to his roots and asked him to put the current alternatives space under the microscope.

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Nordic pension funds in investor wave urging political climate action

Rapidly growing numbers of institutional investors – among them major Nordic pension funds – are backing a statement to put pressure on politicians to accelerate their policies on climate change mitigation. The statement was timed to coincide with COP24 talks on the Paris Agreement taking place in Poland's Katowice this week.

Former NGO adviser swaps sides to head pension fund's ESG team

With a background as a political adviser at an NGO and being known for his critical view on pension funds and their responsible investment policies, Troels Børrild now finds himself working on the other side of the table -- at Danish pension provider MP Pension.

After two-year search, PFA's Indian property dream vaporizes

It should be possible to make great returns from real estate in a country of 1.5 million people. However, that dream has now vanished for Denmark's PFA. In the end, it was the Indian currency that forced the pension provider to mothball its plan for success in the Asian country, the firm's head of property tells AMWatch's siter site EjendomsWatch.

AP1 goes out on hunt for new ESG prodigy

One of the national pension funds backing Sweden's state pension is started looking for a new head of head sustainable value creation, the fund's head of communications and ESG has confirmed.

Nordic investor collaboration promises new ESG toolbox

The Danish Center for ESG Research is going into partnership with businesses as well as institutional investors to devise a new set of tools aimed at making it easier for organizations to set high ambitions in the way they approach ESG.

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....and more about people

Nykredit asset management now has a new senior portfolio manager in the alternative space; Investment Europe crowns Nordic personality of the year, and Swedbank Robur is all set with its new head of fixed income.

New player aims to rival large-scale asset managers

Spektrum Fondsmæglerselskab, which was formed out of the established consultancy Kirstein, has huge amitions. Conventional asset management still plays an important role, it says, but Spektrum is also aiming to give customers access to skilled asset managers of alternative investments.

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Polack reels third former Nordea-colleague into PFA

Tine Choi Danielsen has quit as head of strategy at Danske Bank to start a similar job at PFA. She will be the pension firm's new head of strategy -- taking her place alongside three former Nordea colleagues, including the CEO Allan Polack.

CFO Survey reveals bullish mood at Swedish companies

The expansion agenda is still there, and among Swedish companies the level of readiness to invest and hire remains high compared to other EU countries, a new biannual CFO Survey from Deloitte/SEB shows. However, one Deloitte partner thinks the CFOs might be underestimating the decline we are beginning to see.

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