Nordic Pension Fund & Institutional Investors Conference


2 October 2018
7A Strandvägen, Stockholm



Nordic Pension Fund & Institutional Investors Conference

08.30    :    Registration and Coffee


08.55    :    Welcome & Opening Remarks


TrevorTrevor Cook, Managing Director, Specialist Pension Services





09.00   :      Session 1:  Introduction


Henrik NordlingModerator: Henrik Nordling, Senior Advisor, Svensk Handel Forsäkringar







Sara Bernow, Partner & Global ESG Lead, McKinsey & Company


Examining the Increasing Opportunities in Private Equity and Credit & ESG Considerations

As pension funds increase their illiquid investments, this talk will look at opportunities and investment strategies. It will also cover the increasing work on increasing ESG issues in this area.



Axel Groß-Klußmann, Senior Associate Partner, Multi-Asset, Quoniam Asset Management



Risk Premia 2.0 - Evolution and Diversification: Is more Premia always Better?

  • Is market-neutral a myth?
  • Looking at different kinds of beta.
  • Optimal diversification - how many risk premia?


10.15    :    Coffee/Tea



10.45     :    Session 2: ESG Considerations in Portfolios


Moderator: Gunnela Hahn, Head of Responsible Investments, Church of Sweden





Simon Cooke, Analyst Emerging Markets, Insight Investment


Debunking the ESG Myths in Emerging Market Debt

EM governance standards are so poor as to make ESG irrelevant.  Regardless, there is no ESG data available to analyse anyway. That is what many say. Is it the truth? No. ESG analysis, properly incorporated into the investment process, has the potential to generate consistent alpha.  It should be a structural component of EMD investing. Not something to ignore.



Gerold Permoser, CIO & Chief Sustainability Officer, Erste Asset Management


ESG Integration and its Pitfalls

Over the last years, Sustainable Investing developed from a market niche into a mainstream topic. Still, Sustainable Investing is an opaque topic and seen very differently within but also between countries and regional investment traditions. Consequently, very often discussions focus on the definition of Sustainable Investing and much less on how it can be done in practice. Contrary to this we would like to focus on implementation pitfalls in setting up a Sustainable Investment process. Given the broad scope of the topic will we focus on the topics of performance consequences and voting.


Meryam Omi, Head of Sustainability & Responsible Investment Strategy, Legal & General Investment Management


 Looking beyond Engagement in Index Funds - no Reason to be Passive

Index investors own the entire market, so they have the ultimate interest in protecting long term risks. This requires a change in focus for ESG, from outperforming companies (seeking alpha) to protecting overall market returns (beta). This talk will look at how, with improved data, index investors have more options than is usually assumed to serve as drivers of change, and how company engagement is imperative in raising standards for the entire market.


12.30    :     Drinks and Lunch


13.40    :     Session 3: 



Moderator: tbc






Fong Yee Chan, Senior Product manager (Sustainable Investment), FTSE Russell


Integrating Sustainable Investment into Passive Portfolios -an Index Provider's Perspective

This talk will

  • Describe how and why demand is increasing for index based approaches to sustainable investment implementation
  • Demonstrate how investor objectives on sustainable investment can be incorporated into index design
  • Highlight the outcomes of sustainable investment index design
  • Outline how an index provider can engage the market and provide alignment with Asset Owner stewardship / engagement objectives




Mark Fitzgerald, Head of ETF Product Management, Vanguard Europe


Factor Investing: Key Considerations

This talk makes the case that factor investing is active investing and that strategies need to be actively implemented. It outlines the benefits and risks of active and passive implementation and will consider how to obtain consistent factor exposure and avoid factor delay. We will highlight how some factor strategies can deliver different factor exposure from what you thought.



14.50        Session 4: Updates from the Industry




Erik Fransson, Director Fund Department, Swedish Pensions Agency



The New Premium Pension System

Examining the new reforms and the impact they will have on Swedish pension provision.



Panel: What's on our agenda?

A panel of pension funds/investors discuss the issues of concern to them at the moment. Topics may include ESG, increasing illiquidity, manager selection.
Speakers to be confirmed



16.00    :    Drinks Reception & Close of Conference


This conference is for Nordic institutional investors, particularly pension funds, foundations, family offices and private banks, as well as selected institutional investors from further afield. 


The conference is by invitation only for pension funds and other institutional investors. If you are not already receiving an invitation please contact us. A limited number of Complimentary invitations are usually available to genuine pension fund representatives (executives and trustees) and other approved institutional investors. However, to ensure we have room for as many funds as possible, we have to limit free places to 2 attendees per approved organisation thereafter a reduced rate fee is payable per delegate. Furthermore, SPS always reserves the right of admission (free or paid) and our decision is final.


7A Strandvägen  

114 51 Stockholm

Tel: +46(0)8-586 107 00






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