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Lower green bond yields no barrier for entry for Nordic endowment

Nordic as well as other investors tend to believe green bonds offer lower yields compared to other fixed income assets, which research by investment consultancy Kirstein shows. But some institutions would gladly give up "a few basis points" for the greater good, a recent webinar by NN Investment Partners highlights.

Money managers face ethical dilemma in Myanmar

The Norwegian oil fund and several major asset managers have invested in companies tied to the Myanmar junta. Some say, though, that divestment and boycotting implicated firms would entail forfeiting influence.

AP-funds outperform their return goals – with one exception

Every year the Swedish government commissions an external evaluation of Sweden's AP pension funds. Hired to compile the report this year, McKinsey suggests more cooperation between the four buffer funds to increase transparency and understanding of their sustainability work. In terms of returns, one fund lagged in 2020.

Nordic investor seeks green equity strategy

A Nordic investor is looking for a global ESG equity strategy focusing on climate transition – one that should be categorized as an article 8 or 9 fund in accordance with the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation.

Despite fluctuation in tech shares it's best to hold on to long-term plans, says fund manager

After more than quadrupling its net asset value in 2020 through excessive returns and new subscriptions by a broad array of investors, Fondita's Sustainable Europe fund has been facing more turbulence recently. Despite the ongoing market fluctuation one has to look far ahead into the future, says portfolio manager Marcus Björksten, who notes last year new investors included Central European family offices.

Storebrand to boost allocation to "solutions"

Like many industry peers, Storebrand wants to have zero emissions by 2050, however, it has little value to state a long-term goal of zero missions without setting partial targets to show how to achieve it, says the firm's asset management Chief Executive, after stating new investment pledge.

Nordics need facts not trust for cybersecurity debate, says segment specialist

The Nordic region has the highest levels of social trust in the world. Tom Van de Wiele, principal security consultant at F-Secure, notes that excessive interpersonal trust in a society can, however, make it harder for finance companies, to comprehend the need to continuously maintain a safe IT structure. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has made attacks easier in several ways.

ESG leaders are not always net positive, fresh report finds

ESG funds do not automatically produce socially and environmentally redeemable impact alongside returns. Funds without an ESG label can very well have above-average net value creation regardless of image conveyed by marketing materials or ESG metrics, a new report from The Upright Project states.

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