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Philanthropic investor in drive to boost green impact of its assets

Denmark's Velux Foundations aim for achieving higher impact with their assets — and in line with their endowment policy. AMWatch visited the philanthropic investor's CIO to discuss the state of its two-year old impact investment strategy and the experimentation needed to implement such a strategy.

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Sampension: Private equity cash overflow worries investors

Private equity markets have attracted an ever-increasing amount of capital over the past few years, and funds are now overflowing with money. AMWatch talks to Sampension's Head of Alternative Investments about the consequences for investors.

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PKA CIO comments on controversial resignation: We agreed on strategy

After months of controversy, the head of the Danish pension provider PKA now gives his own account of the series of resignations that occurred in the company's alternative investments department: We agreed upon strategy, but it is important to agree on both strategy and terms, he says to AMWatch's sister site, FinansWatch.

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The Nordic financial group's pension wing Nordea Liv & Pension shuffles its board of directors, the managing director of Danish mutual fund Jyske Invest Fund Management announces retirement, a risk manager names head of global sales and a Norwegian becomes a member of supervisory board of EUR 475 billion asset manager.

From zero to EUR 31 billion: Torben Möger Pedersen looks back

For the past quarter of a century, Torben Möger Pederesen has seen Pensiondanmark's assets under management grow from zero to around EUR 31 billion under his management. The veteran Danish pensions boss tells AMWatch about some of the obstacles, changes and trends that happened on his watch.

Swiss asset manager pegs Nordics as key region for growth

By investing on behalf of institutional investors in the Nordics, RAM Active Investments -- a Swiss-based investment firm with EUR 4.3 billion in assets under management -- has identified several trending topics among the region’s investors.

PFA boss lived on müesli and pasta to save for life in Hawaii

One of PFA 's executives who relaxes by doing "loops" and riding waves, turns 50 today. Even though the keen surfer was once a candidate for CEO, the title on his business card is not his highest priority, he tells AMWatch's sister site, FinansWatch.

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Nordea's Nora targets women and youth

Nordea has launched its new investment robo-advisor, Nora. The first batch of data from Sweden show that women and younger clients form a large portion of Nora's users. Nordea's Danish director predicts similar patterns in Denmark, writes Danish daily Berlingske.

Global fund snaps up 48,000 sqm of Danish logistics real estate

The international investment firm that bought 76 properties from Danske Bank in 2016 in a joint venture, is now buying two large logistics assets in Copenhagen and Kolding. The buying spree is set to go on, with the firm now on the lookout for similar properties in Denmark, a European executive tells AMWatch's sister site, EjendomsWatch.

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SEB expands market research department in Norway and creates international sales team in Denmark; Danske Bank makes more staff changes and Swedish subsidiary for Storebrand Asset Management names a new director.

Climate advocate's proposal voted down at insurance AGM

One of Topdanmark's shareholders put forward a proposal that the company institute the climate recommendations of the G20 nations' financial task force -- which aim to prevent another financial crisis. But the Danish insurer's Annual General Meeting voted against the idea.

Pension fund divests 35 oil firms for Paris pact failures

Following an investigation into a large number of oil and gas companies, Danish pension fund PKA has decided to cease investing in 35 of oil firms. The businesses have not done what is needed to comply with the Paris Agreement on climate change, it explains.

Maj Invest CEO puts own money into new Nordic venture fund

Jeppe Christiansen, CEO, founder and co-owner of the Danish asset management and private equity firm Maj Invest, is investing -- alongside others -- DKK 150 million (EUR 20 million) in Nordic Eye, a new venture fund, according to Danish business paper Børsen.

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