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PenSam aims to quintuple green assets by 2025

Setting a specific target will help PenSam to fill its portfolio with more investments supporting climate change mitigation. "Relative to our current position, this is a somewhat ambitious, yet still feasible goal," says CIO Claus Jørgensen.

Pension funds sell their tar sand equities

Danish pension funds increasingly pull out of tar sand companies. Data provided by Information shows that the investments in the first months of the year have declined by several hundreds of million kroner.

Active ownership as a catalyst for excess returns

Too many investment firms leave their active ownership duties to a team of ESG analysts instead of investment professionals. Engagement should be investor-led, according to one of the world's largest asset managers that recently held a seminar in Copenhagen about its use of active ownership.

Cultural difference challenges work on global green bond standard

Drafting a global standard for green bonds is far from being a straightforward task, as Nordic, Asian and US experts all have their own views on what a sustainable investment is, says Jyri Suonpää, Ålandbanken's head of fixed income. Suonpää is part of ISO's group of experts aiming to launch the new standards in 2021.

Norwegian sovereign wealth fund jettisons oil companies

The Norwegian government has decided to exclude oil companies from the country's sovereign wealth fund "to reduce the vulnerability of the common wealth to a permanent oil price decline", says Norwegian finance minister Siv Jensen.

Denmark's asset management sector is still a male-dominated area

There are few women in the Danish asset management sector, however, companies and customers now call for more diversity. On International Women's Day, AMWatch's sister site FinansWatch has asked four women to share their experience and give advice on how to attract more women to the asset management sector.

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