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Philanthropic investor in drive to boost green impact of its assets

Denmark's Velux Foundations aim for achieving higher impact with their assets — and in line with their endowment policy. AMWatch visited the philanthropic investor's CIO to discuss the state of its two-year old impact investment strategy and the experimentation needed to implement such a strategy.

Nordea's Nora targets women and youth

Nordea has launched its new investment robo-advisor, Nora. The first batch of data from Sweden show that women and younger clients form a large portion of Nora's users. Nordea's Danish director predicts similar patterns in Denmark, writes Danish daily Berlingske.

Global fund snaps up 48,000 sqm of Danish logistics real estate

The international investment firm that bought 76 properties from Danske Bank in 2016 in a joint venture, is now buying two large logistics assets in Copenhagen and Kolding. The buying spree is set to go on, with the firm now on the lookout for similar properties in Denmark, a European executive tells AMWatch's sister site, EjendomsWatch.

Swiss asset manager pegs Nordics as key region for growth

By investing on behalf of institutional investors in the Nordics, RAM Active Investments -- a Swiss-based investment firm with EUR 4.3 billion in assets under management -- has identified several trending topics among the region’s investors.

Maj Invest CEO puts own money into new Nordic venture fund

Jeppe Christiansen, CEO, founder and co-owner of the Danish asset management and private equity firm Maj Invest, is investing -- alongside others -- DKK 150 million (EUR 20 million) in Nordic Eye, a new venture fund, according to Danish business paper Børsen.

Pension fund divests 35 oil firms for Paris pact failures

Following an investigation into a large number of oil and gas companies, Danish pension fund PKA has decided to cease investing in 35 of oil firms. The businesses have not done what is needed to comply with the Paris Agreement on climate change, it explains.

Climate advocate's proposal voted down at insurance AGM

One of Topdanmark's shareholders put forward a proposal that the company institute the climate recommendations of the G20 nations' financial task force -- which aim to prevent another financial crisis. But the Danish insurer's Annual General Meeting voted against the idea.

Sydbank culls 18 percent of EM universe and beats regular benchmark

Applying ESG filters to sovereign bonds is no easy task. Doing the same thing in emerging markets is even more difficult -- with the regions more vulnerable to ESG issues and local institutions typically less developed. Still, the EMD team at Denmark's Sydbank has taken on the challenge.

Danske Bank loses high-profile private banking executive

Danske Bank's management merry-go-round continues. The bank's global head of private wealth management is now leaving after seven years at the Danish bank -- all because the new overall head of Wealth Management wants to organize his own team.

SEB hires for new asset management team, further recruitment possible

SEB Asset Management launches international sales team to support global growth. The new team consists of sales professionals with a diversified mix of competencies, The head of Financial Institutions Coverage tells AMWatch, and, depending on its success, further hiring is possible.

Danske Bank's wealth management chief quits

The head of Danske Bank's Wealth Management unit, Tonny Thierry Andersen, has decided to leave the bank following a management reshuffle. The 53-year old manager says he declined a unspecified senior management position.

Independent asset managers share strategy boat with clients

Local focus -- or global? Active or passive? How many asset classes? These are just a few of the questions wealth managers have to ask themselves when putting their investment strategy together. AMWatch shines a spotlight on four independent investors and their unique approaches.

Amundi: Demand leaps for multi-factor investment strategies

French asset manager Amundi reports a rapid rise in demand not only multi-factor strategies but also for ESG-screened products. In equity investment, the trend is shifting from a focus on maximizing returns to one where mitigation of risk takes priority, it says.

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