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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.

AP6 changes benchmark

Swedish national pension fund starts using index based on analytics provider Burgiss from beginning of 2021. The fund will now solely compare its returns to an unlisted benchmark.

AMF sets sights on more energy and infrastructure assets

The CIO at one of Sweden's biggest pension companies talks to AMWatch about portfolio restructuring, growing unlisted assets, active allocation and why its first SPAC investment was an "interesting new set-up", but also a complement rather than an alternative to other opportunities.

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.

Pinebridge quits Fondtorget and slams pension agency for penalty

Pinebridge Investments criticizes the Swedish Pensions Agency and deems it unprofitable to continue making its funds available on the platform Fondtorget. The US manager calls rules on providing information about changes "without any delay" more demanding than those of banks and other counterparties, recent documents show.

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