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No free lunch in finance as so-called safe funds follow market into sharp decline

Nordic-based funds with names that could indicate that clients' money is safe under market turmoil have proved themselves to be anything but risk-free. In fact, one fund titled 'Safe' lost more than a third of its value in the past month. A year ago, a Swedish asset manager was fined for using a name for a fund that could indicate that the fund was a safe investment.

The Nordics' top European equity performers hold self-discipline and focus on products with ongoing demand as keys to decade-long success

While investors are focusing on the biggest turbulence in decades, AMWatch asked the two best-performing Nordic funds about their key principles over the past decade, based on data by Morningstar which was obtained before the sharp corona-led downturn. On Thursday, AMWatch will examine how asset management companies treated the equity funds whose ten year returns were among the poorest in the region.

NREP divests 11 logistics properties in major deal

The pan-Nordic real estate investor's revamped logistics portfolio leads to a major property divestment. The new owner can thereby move forward with its grandiose logistics venture, launched last year. Real estate in Western Denmark is included in the transaction worth more than DKK 500mn, and AN NREP partner sees the deal as a natural step.

DNB's new multi-asset fund obtains marketing permission amid market storm: "It would be a lie to say it hasn't been a challenging start"

Launched on Feb. 25, 2020, DNB Asset Management's Multi Asset fund's first encounter with financial markets didn't go exactly as planned. The bank-owned asset manager's head of absolute return investments expects, however, interest in market-neutral strategies and their investment opportunities to pick up more than in the past decade once the current turmoil has settled.

CEO of Swedish pension fund AP3: "We must leave the panic behind us"

The world economy threatens to go into a deep depression in the wake of the virus outbreak. The CEO of Swedish state-run pension fund AP3 urges politicians to put a stop to the panic and assess the most relevant measures to lessen the burden on health care and economy at the same time.

A perfect storm has hit Nordic business developers

While COVID-19 cancels Nordic business developers' direct interaction with potential clients, market turmoil has unleased the bear from its slumber, resulting in limited time and interest to discuss new investment ideas. Two regional heads tell AMWatch how they cope with the challenging environment.

Nordea AM: ESG funds weather the storm better than others

A pandemic was not listed among the most important risks for this year in the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report, although it has been named as one of the top risks in the survey in earlier years, notes Nordea Asset Management's Head of Responsible Investments.

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