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New head of Denmark's Sparinvest looks to institutions to fuel growth

Sparinvest has put a brand-new strategy in place to see it through the next four years. By the end of 2022, it must have gathered in more than DKK 60 billion in extra assets under management -- and in the future, most of its business growth is to come from institutional investors. CEO Jørgen Søgaard-Andersen tells AMWatch's siter site, FinansWatch, all about the plan.

Pension funds may be poorly-equipped for illiquids growth, argues Blackrock

Globally, pension funds have boosted their alternatives exposure sixfold in a relatively short span of time. However, the risk management tools and investment professionals that the funds currently have in place might not be suitable for this continuous growth in illiquid assets, one of Blackrock's top people argued at the CFA Society Denmark's annual conference.

New blow for Danske Bank as business school cuts all ties

Danske Bank is currently being heavily criticized for its involvement in a money-laundering scandal in the bank's Estonian branch. Now, in a further knock, Denmark's leading business school is severing all future ties to the bank.

Nuveen woos pension funds in Copenhagen for USD 1.1 billion impact fund

A portfolio manager from US money manager Nuveen -- which has almost a trillion dollars under management -- has been on a road show in Copenhagen to attract Danish pension capital to her USD 1.1 billion portfolio. AMWatch met up with her and heard about her two-fold investment strategy: To generate financial returns while addressing some of society's most urgent problems.

Favourite for Danske Bank's top job may fail ECB's "fit and proper" rules

Jacob Aarup-Andersen, the current head of wealth management at Danske, could be the troubled group's next CEO, according to media reports. However, were the Danish bank domiciled in the eurozone, it is uncertain whether he would be approved by the currency bloc's supervisory authorities, according to European Central Bank guidelines.

Danish invoice trading fund plans to grow to institutional proportions

With the cash flow revolution picking up speed, a former senior portfolio manager from PensionDanmark has got in on the action by running a young invoice trading fund. Josephine Cetti gives AMWatch the lowdown on a vehicle that gives instant liquidity to creditors — and a stable return to investors.

AMF Fonder shakes up fee structure to keep edge amid price pressure

Sweden's AMF Fonder is changing the cost structure of its actively-managed mutual funds in a bid to keep its competitive edge as pressure grows on fees in the sector. The mutual fund provider's CEO flags up the factors driving heightened rivalry on the Swedish fund market.

Active management is "good business", says AP Pension CIO

The investment chief at Denmark’s AP Pension favors an active investment strategy. Why? Firstly, according to CIO Ralf Magnussen, scientific surveys argue the approach makes sense for a pension fund of AP Pension’s size. And secondly, it boosts returns.

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