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Helping investments in a foreign country, close to home

In Germany, billions of euros sit as cash holdings, and only one in seven German citizens owns own equities at all. But if German investors dedicate themselves to targeted equity purchases, they often use to three banks to ensure both diversification and competition, according to the German unit of Denmark's Sydbank.

Denmark's Sydbank has a thriving business in Germany, close to the bank's headquaters.

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It all began in a copying room 25 years ago...

A quarter of a century ago, Jesper Kirstein threw in the towel and became self-employed. Before that, he had a promising career in the financial sector, which ended abruptly after just seven months as chief executive of Alm. Brand Bank. What began as a one-man business in the copying room at a friend's office, has now grown into the advisory and consultancy house Kirstein A/S and asset manager Spektrum.

Why Denmark's ATP is shaking up its business

The Danish pension fund ATP is primarily known for managing close to DKK 768 billion (EUR 103 billion) on behalf of every employee in Denmark. But along the way, ATP has acquired a long list of public and private administrative tasks. ATP CEO Christian Hyldahl has now undertaken an extensive restructuring so the fund can manage those tasks better. Changes include the dismissal of a key ATP executive after 20 years of service.

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