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SPS Nordic Pension Fund & Institutional Investors' Annual Conference, Copenhagen

March 9, 2023

Radisson Collection Royal Hotel, Copenhagen


This conference is for pension fund investment teams and other institutional investors in Denmark and the Nordic region and is free to attend. It forms part of our Nordic investment events which have been running in Copenhagen for over 25 years providing topical, high quality, educational investment information and discussion for investors. If you haven’t already received an invitation please click “request an invite” below. 


With dramatic changes to the investment environment in recent months, the presentations will cover topical Fixed Income and Equity themes as well as Macro perspectives on global investment trends. We’re also delighted to present leading Academic research from PerCent, Copenhagen Business School.


Our Q&A sessions hosted by investors encourage audience engagement and allow you to find out more about certain topics or have the chance to ask the questions that concern you. You’ll also have the opportunity to discuss issues with your peers and the speakers during the breaks.



Registration and coffee


Session 1 - Academic overview, macro landscape and new environment for fixed income

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Professor of Economics and Director of PeRCent

Copenhagen Business School

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Do Pension Fund Investments Raise Firm Productivity and Innovation?

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Economist and Currency Analyst

Capital Group

Where are we heading? Assessing the long-term global macro outlook

What are the key trends and factors that investors should be tracking on the global macro landscape in the next decade? In particular, what does the future hold for the scenes biggest players: China, the US and Europe? How should investors consider the complex interplay of global macro factors when planning their future strategic asset allocations? 

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Investment Manager, Fixed Income - Absolute Return

Jupiter Asset Management

Staying positive in a challenging environment

Bond markets have navigated a host of buzzwords over the past two years following the Covid contagion. Reflation, inflation, pivot, hard landing and recession are just some of them. The focus of policymakers has swung between concerns about growth at the height of the pandemic to containing spiralling inflation amid a volatile geopolitical environment. Fixed income markets have faced turbulence as central banks aggressively raised rates. Mark Nash, Investment Manager, Fixed Income -Absolute return, will explain why he believes a flexible approach is best suited for tackling this challenging macro backdrop.


 coffee break


Session 2 - Incorporating ESG in High Yield and Impact in Indexing

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Head of Selection and Partner

Secure Spectrum Fondsmæglerselskab A/S

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Portfolio Manager

Artemis Investment Management

Incorporating ESG analysis into High Yield investing

-    High Yield presents a number of challenges to traditional ESG investment approaches
-    Integrated and independent ESG analysis is key 
-    Exclusions form only part of the solution
-    Portfolio focus allows for differentiated  approach
-    ESG-based risk analysis is a source of performance; not a drag on it

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Head of Index, EMEA

Legal & General Investment Management

How to deliver real world ESG impact in index investing

Index investing is at the forefront of innovation in delivering systematic investment solutions in the area of ESG. The latest generation of strategies now focus on embedding the Active Ownership and Stewardship activities that are essential to ESG, into the design and construction of investments to deliver real world impact.




Session 3 - Sustainable investing and Investor case study

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Deputy director, Climate, investments, solvency & tax

Insurance & Pension Denmark

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Portfolio Manager Microcaps

Mandarine Gestion

ESG Challenges for Micro Caps

•    Specifics of the asset class
•    ESG analysis for microcaps: status quo
•    How to deal with these challenges 


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Senior Client Portfolio Manager 

Pictet Asset Management

Positive Change

Transitioning to a sustainable future is complex and challenging, but essential. A successful transition requires a holistic approach; investing purely in companies that have already made the transition and whose services and/or products already have a positive impact doesn’t solve the whole problem. Investors need to look at the entire value chain, for example, electric vehicles need lithium, nickel or cobalt for their batteries and even the most energy-efficient new building requires cement and steel. By purely focusing on companies that have transitioned, investors are missing out on the chance to engage with the laggards who will benefit most from improving returns and re-valuations, in addition to have the greatest impact.

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Head of Sustainable Investments


Interpreting and implementing the EU definition of a sustainable investment

•    A pension funds perspective on defining sustainable investments
•    A perspective on implementing sustainable investments



Drinks reception


Close of conference


The conference is by invitation only for pension funds and other institutional investors and we welcome new attendees from these investors. Therefore if you are not already receiving an invitation please contact us. A limited number of Complimentary invitations are 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 3 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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