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Union take on Walmart divestment

The following article is a letter from United Food and Commercial Workers’ John Marshall in response to our recent article, Walmart takes divestment blows to the body.   I read with interest the excellent article on the Swedish AP funds’ recent divestment from Walmart based on concerns about the company’s systematic abuses of workers’ rights in the […]

Walmart takes divestment blows to the body

Two more high profile investors have punished US retailer Walmart for its anti-union stance and poor labour practices by divesting their holdings in the company. AP Funds, Sweden’s cluster of state pension funds named AP1 through to AP4 and AP6 (there is no AP5) worth a combined $140 billion, sold its equity and corporate bond […]

Pension funds, where banks no longer go?

There continues to be potential for pension capital appearing where bank lending no longer wants to go. Commentators in the UK and continental Europe have heightened expectations that pension funds will step in to help fill the continent’s bank financing gap. Societe Generale, for instance, recently predicted further “disintermediation” by investors sidestepping banks and looking […]

Dialogue has limited power for Ethical Council

The Ethical Council, a collaboration between the Swedish funds AP1-4, concluded dialogues with four companies in 2009 after achieving its ethical objectives, but unsuccessful dialogue with Elbit Systems has resulted in the funds excluding the company from their portfolios effective immediately. Asset Owner:AP Fonden 1 (AP1)AP Fonden 2 (AP2)AP Fonden 3 (AP3)AP Fonden 4 (AP4) […]
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Warren Buffet shapes AP4’s “contrarian” investment approach

Sweden’s SEK175.7 billion ($24.9 billion) AP4 is planning to introduce active management to its global equities portfolio and is investing in people with the hope of driving better investment performance. Kristen Paech talks to chief executive, Mats Andersson, about the merits of being contrarian and why AP4 is standing by active management despite historical poor […]

AP2, AP4 hail active management

Swedish buffer funds AP2 and AP4, have hailed active management as a major driver of profits in the first half of the year, at a time when the Government has challenged the value of active management and launched a review of the funds’ costs management. AP2Asset Owner:AP Fonden 2 (AP2)AP Fonden 4 (AP4)AP Fonden 1 […]