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DBU: Germany’s mature sustainable foundation

Sustainable investing may be an activity that increasing numbers of investors want to get involved in, but for Germany’s Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) or federal environmental foundation, it has long been an integral part of its mission. That approach makes sense in at a foundation set up in the early 1990s to use the proceeds […]
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Exploring the depths of sustainable investing

Many institutional funds boast responsible investing credentials, but Switzerland’s Nest Sammelstiftung has taken the extra step of molding its investment strategy around a sustainable template. The sustainable agenda is more than just a focus for Nest. It forms the very ethos of a fund that markets itself to potential members as “the ecological and ethical […]
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Caution, luck and overlays propel Swedish fund

A solvency ratio of 157 per cent is a clear mark of success for a pension fund at a time when so many are battling deficits. Remarkably, Sweden’s SEK90-billion ($14 billion) KPA Pension has gained this funding cushion without fully embracing the range of new asset classes or strategies often touted as the solution to […]
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Tackling sustainability in emerging markets

Emerging market investing and sustainable investing easily rank as two of the most substantiated of the many investment trends of the past decade. However, the two styles of investing are far from natural bedfellows. Christian Ragnartz, as chief investment officer of the $17-billion-plus Swedish pension fund AP7 – which has 13 per cent of its […]