Decade of low equity, bond returns to force savings into alternatives

Jesper Rangvid, professor of Finance at Copenhagen Business School, predicts a decade of historically low returns on US equities and government bonds. That will have significant implications for both investment assets and costs, he says

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Finland’s State Pension Fund bumps up against asset class limits

Demographic changes have turned cashflows negative for Valtion Eläkerahasto (VER), the buffer fund for Finland’s central government staff pensions bill. The higher returns offered by equities suit the fund as it races to keep up with its outflows, but at 47 percent VER’s equity allocation is now getting close to the limit, the fund’s CEO tells AMWatch.

Danish manager: Europe won't copy US relaxation of CLO rules

A US court ruling which effectively eased the rules around CLO issuance is set to stimulate the domestic market for the debt instruments, according to research from Morgen Stanley, Citigroup and Deutsche Bank. But the rules in Europe are unlikely to go down the same route, one Nordic CLO manager says.

Storebrand adds new fossil-free fund as institutional demand soars

Norway's biggest asset manager is expanding its range of fossil fuel free equity index funds with a European offering. Demand has been high for "climate-smart" savings products -- and from instituional investors in particular, says the CEO of Storebrand Asset Management unit SPP Fonder.

“I missed the never-ending learning of the investment arena”

Career Path: Timo Viherkenttä’s professional journey has taken many unexpected turns before he landed the job of the chief executive of The State Pension Fund of Finland (Valtion Eläkerahasto, VER) three years ago. A few years before that, he took the eyebrow-raising decision to voluntarily leave Finland’s Supreme Administrative Court judiciary — preferring a fresh start in a government role.

...and more about people

Nordea Liv & Pension poaches Danske Bank profile to become responsible for the construction of portfolios. Also, there have been several changes in the board of directors across Nordic banks, pension funds and non-profit funds.

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