Nordic Pension Fund & Institutional Investors' Conference

March 4, 2020

Radisson Collection Royal Hotel, Copenhagen


This conference, conducted in English, aims to examine a range of both traditional and leading-edgeinvestment approaches available to Nordic investors taking into account a variety of considerations such asregulatory, political and geopolitical impacts, ESG, big data and the associated opportunities and challenges.This could include both public and private markets and consideration of the latest trends and the performancepotential of strategies as well as practical issues such as risk management, reporting, implementation,governance and other local investor requirements.


Nordic Pension Fund & Institutional Investors' Conference


Registration and coffee


Welcome and opening remarks


Session 1: Introduction: Diversification & Equity Investing


Director, Diversifying Strategies


Rethinking Diversification

  • Diversification is back in the spotlight with investors seeking to reduce equity risk factor exposure and make porfolios more robust.

  • The universe of multi asset Absolute Return strategies, including Alternative Risk Premia, can provide diversifying return streams but the space is increasingly broad and complex.

  • What innovations are occurring in the world of diversifying strategies, particularly in the multi asset sector? What new products are emerging? Are strategies able to answer the “diversification plus returns” conundrum over the long term, or are investors being set up for disappointment?


Senior VP & Head of Global and EM Equities

AGF Investments

Surviving and Thriving in an Age of Disruption

  • This session will discuss some of the major drivers affecting global equities, such as de-globalisation and disruption coupled with an increasing awareness of environmental and social impacts and corporate responsibility

  • Disruption: companies must disrupt themselves in order to survive

  • De-globalization: trade wars and tariffs and the impact on global and domestic companies

  • Who will be the winners and losers

  • What trade-offs will companies and investors face in this environment when overlaying this with an ESG framework?

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Senior Portfolio Manager

Union Investment

Industry 4.0 and UN SDGs - How thematic equity investing can discover hidden gems

Compared to traditional benchmarks or regional portfolios, a thematic approach to equity investing can lead to a significantly different allocation with high Active Share. By illustrating Union Investment’s approach to themes like Industry 4.0 and UN SDGs with examples from his portfolios, Jörg will show how he discovers under-researched companies, where to find innovative business models and why active management is beneficial for a long term investor.




Session 2: Fixed Income Opportunities


Co-chief Investment Officer, ABS


Regulatory Capital Relief Strategies (SRT)

A potential for low correlated, attractive risk adjusted returns strategy

Following the global financial crisis, increased regulation of the banking sector was introduced to repair balance sheets and improve capital ratios. Regulatory capital relief strategies are one of the banking sectors’ answers to this new environment.  These transactions align the interests of investors with the issuing bank. These strategies have the ability to provide stable high income with low volatility and limited correlation to other asset classes for institutional investors willing to lock up capital. To achieve this requires specialist investment management and deep fundamental research. (Wording/title subject to change).

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Executive Director, Head of Fixed Income, Portfolio Management


Factor Investing in Credit

Factor-based strategies are increasingly being used not only for equities, but also for bonds. It is crucial for investors to look closely at the details, because the various systematic approaches can vary considerably.

  • Existence of factors and differences to equities

  • Combining factors and empirical results

  • Does liquidity allow for factor-based strategies?


Drinks and lunch


Session 3: Global Economy and EM Investment Strategies




Otto  Mønsted


Portfolio Manager

Thornburg Investment Management Inc.

Developing a World Strategy: What are Global Emerging Market Indices Missing?

Why a barbell approach to value and growth in emerging markets equity investing can provide more stable returns.


Chief Economist

Northern Trust

You Can Go Your Own Way: Perspectives On The World Economy As Globalisation Recedes

We’ve enjoyed a long expansion over the last decade, and markets have performed exceptionally.  But the rise of populism and nationalism has hindered global trade and global cooperation.  An outlook for 2020 will be discussed, as will long-term issues like demographics, climate change, and inequality.




Session 4: Institutional  Investor trends and current concerns



COO and Partner



COO and Partner


How are Institutional Investors Changing their Portfolio?

Survey results of Nordic and global trends.

Panel - Investor Perspectives

Case study views from Nordic investors on their current investment priorities and strategies.  


Head of Liquid Markets



Head of Equities

MP Investment Management


Drinks reception and close of conference


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.


Radisson Collection Royal Hotel

Hammerichsgade 1,

1611 Copenhagen, Denmark

Tel: +45 3342 6000


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