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Pension funds back Danish government's SDG fund launch

Six of Denmark's largest pension funds have invested in the new Danish SDG Investment Fund, targeting an annual return of 10-12 percent, while contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. AMWatch went to the fund's official launch.

Pope: Credit derivatives are ticking time bombs

In a position paper in the Financial Times, the Vatican castigates the credit derivative instruments Credit Default Swaps (CDS), saying they encourage betting on the ruin of others. According to the newspaper, this is not the first time Pope Francis has expressed this type of criticism.

Major meat and fish companies rated "high risk" in new food index

A new protein producer index is assesing the worlds biggest, listed suppliers of meat and fish on a number of ESG issues. Several Scandinavian companies gets top ranking while many Chinese companies are putting share holder value at risk. The index is backed by asset managers like Aviva and Schroders.

Asset pricing underestimates physical climate risks, warns DWS

The EUR 700 billion asset manager now incorporates physical climate risk in portfolio construction, so favoring firms with a more climate change-resilient business model. Globally, weather events have already hit share prices on several occasions and new data suggest markets have not yet priced in this risk.

ESG products could become obsolete, says PIMCO

Many money managers claim responsibility is an integrated part of their business — and yet, their product range of ESG or impact strategies continues to widen. But there is a perfectly good explanation, says Mike Amey, Portfolio Manager and Head of ESG strategies at the EUR 1.42 trillion asset manager.

Red tape around ESG must be cut, say Danske Bank and Invesco

In a world that evolves at an ever-increasing pace, asset managers Invesco and Danske Bank say the bureaucracy around sustainable investments is spinning out of control. Give the power back to the fund managers, the firms plead in a recently-published whitepaper.

ATP considers bolstering role as critical shareholder

Denmark’s ATP is usually discreet in the way it tries to influencing companies it invests in. The statutory pension fund uses its our ownership both to communicate its ideals and to deepen its knowledge of businesses, says Claus Wiinblad, ATP's Senior Vice President and Head of Equities.

EUR 700 billion asset manager adds UN goals to ESG screening

Asset manager DWS has started taking the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into account as part of its ESG screening. It now includes companies' revenue streams from products and services that help to achieve the goals in its ESG Engine software. But a firm’s contribution to the goals can’t stand alone when making an investment decision, DWS’ CIO tells AMWatch.

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