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PFA's climate product pulls in EUR 67m of savings

One in four of Danish pension provider PFA's customers who have used the company's investment guide over the last one and a half months has moved their savings to the sustainable Climate Plus product.

Skagen Fondene launches its first sustainability report

Norwegian asset manager Skagen Fondene uses the same investment criteria and sustainability policy as its mother company Storebrand when assessing which companies meet their sustainability profile. Currently nearly 250 companies are excluded.

ESG investor gets funds with USD 4.6trn to back Brazil plan

Last month, Storebrand AM initiated a dialog with Brazil heading a group of 29 investors to to stop the rapid deforestation of Brazil's Amazon rainforest. Now the investor group is counting 34 funds and is already seeing "real impact", says Jan Erik Saugestad, Chief Executive of Storebrand.

Nordnet launches sustainability data on exchange-traded funds

"As far as I know, we're the only ones in the Nordic market with this function, which is in line with our goal to be leading in the Nordics in terms of offering a broad selection of sustainable investments," says Bjørn Erik Sættem, savings economist at Nordnet.

Frontier market specialist consolidates four funds into one

Tundra's funds peaked in 2018, after which the company saw strong outflows also continuing somewhat into 2019. CIO Mattias Martinsson, who in June said he didn't expect more investors to give up on the asset class this year, is hopeful of the upcoming US election. "The election can enable investors to note there is a new president with a more positive outlook on the outside world," he says.

Nordea AM breaks off with Brazilian meat giant

According to NAM's Head of Responsible Investments, the asset manager has not been impressed with JBS' level of commitment. NAM dropped JBS from its portfolios after several meetings in Brazil regarding the company's connections to cattle from farms involved in deforestation, Eric Pedersen says in the Guardian.

Industriens Pension plans expanding investments in EM renewable energy

To accommodate increasing electricity demand from developing countries over the next decade, Industriens Pension plans to increase investments in wind and solar energy. The pension fund has just invested DKK 1bn (EUR 134.4m) in an energy fund focusing on renewable energy projects in emerging markets.

Nordea AM's CEO takes stock of historic H1 and sets sights on Europe's elite

The largest asset manager in the Nordics, Nordea Asset Management, wants to rival Europe's elite and has taken great strides in recent years, according to CEO, Nils Bolmstrand. He tells AMWatch how the next steps will be taken in this conquest – while staying alert about the growing competition from global peers within ESG investing.

Trill Impact makes its first acquisition

The building management industry will experience strong growth going forward, the young private equity firm Trill Impact projects after it makes its first acquisition.

Vestas' conduct crucial for sustainable equity label

Danish wind turbine producer Vestas is not necessarily a sustainable investment, even though the company offers green solutions. According to sustainable investment players, Vestas should cut closer to the chase with its CO2 reductions and focus more on local issues tied to compliance with production requirements.

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