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Accunia puts spotlight on CLOs – despite market jitters

A reputation as a conservative asset manager is to boost Copenhagen-based Accunia's business, according to its CIO. He tells AMWatch how the firm has developed its prize asset, Collateralized Loan Obligations, over the last three years.

Alternatives under the microscope: Investors now hedging equity risk

Graduating with a BSc in microbiology was not obviously going to lead to Christian Howells managing a USD 1 billion private equity and real estate fund. Let alone work with hedge funds, corporate bonds, infrastructure, and other alternatives as senior investment director at the EUR 630 billion firm Aberdeen Standard Investments. AMWatch took him back to his roots and asked him to put the current alternatives space under the microscope.

New player aims to rival large-scale asset managers

Spektrum Fondsmæglerselskab, which was formed out of the established consultancy Kirstein, has huge amitions. Conventional asset management still plays an important role, it says, but Spektrum is also aiming to give customers access to skilled asset managers of alternative investments.

Swedish pension fund managers still major fossil sinners

European asset managers -- including several from Sweden -- are overexposed to coal and oil, according to a recent survey from WWF. New analytical methods are gaining a foothold, and could potentially contribute to new investment strategies in future.

Trump election created a Black Friday spree for this EM manager

Massive emerging market stock sell-offs have effectively led to a Black Friday-style shopping spree opportunity for the patient investor, a fund manager from a USD 260 billion investment house argues. Even a presidential election has the potential to put famous brands in the discount rack.

Formuepleje plans DKK 5 billion IPO in 2020

Formuepleje is preparing for an IPO in the first half of 2020, the firm's CEO Niels B. Thuesen tells business daily, Finans. The plans to list the company's stock have been on the drawing board for a long time.

Foreign investors snub Nordic real estate markets

Nordic cities have drifted out of the focus of investors in European real estate this year, according to a wide-scale poll. The report puts this dwindling popularity down to market trends, but says commercial properties are still auspicious.

Loan terms to private equity firms too relaxed, says Nordea chief

When the next financial recession comes around, banks offering excessively loose terms on loans to private equity firms in order to win the financing of major corporate deals will struggle. The warning comes from Frank Vang-Jensen, head of Nordea, to the news service, Insidebusiness.

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