Nordic Report 2010

reinsThey were thrust under the microscope following the Madoff scandal, and consequently custodians themselves are now exercising far greater scrutiny of potential clients, writes Angèle Spiteri Paris.


castleThe Baltics were hit particularly hard by the global financial crisis, but they seem to be turning a corner, with Estonia leading the way, writes Angele Spiteri Paris.

tied-handsNordic pension funds are subject to restrictions on the size of their allocations to alternatives. But many want more flexibility than they are allowed. Angèle Spiteri Paris talks to Kjetil Houg of the Norwegian pension fund OPF about the fund’s investment outlook

superheroInvestors disillusioned by the poor performance of active management began to favour passive strategies. But in the Nordics alpha-hunters may be en vogue once again. Angele Spiteri Paris reports


headphonesNordic investors are looking to increase their alternatives holdings, but their hands are tied by regulation. Angele Spiteri Paris speaks to fund managers about investor appetite...


lighthouseThe fund industry in the Nordic region is alive and well. The recovery in the wake of the financial crisis was quick and fund flows were at record levels last year. Niklas Tell, reporting from Sweden, gives an overview of the region 

dockNordic custodians are having to grapple with new regulation on a European level and changes within the Nordic landscape itself. Angèle Spiteri Paris speaks to players in the market to gauge how they’re coping

yvnge-slyngstadThe Norwegian sovereign wealth fund is the second largest in the world and the industry is always on the lookout for its next move. Angele Spiteri Paris speaks to Yngve Slyngstad, of NBIM, about his plans for the fund

The Nordic market has held up well in the crisis, but investment managers and asset servicers in the region have a few changes to contend with in terms of infrastructure and regulation. Angele Spiteri Paris talks to a panel of market players.

Madeleine Senior (Northern Trust): "As we are one of the top ten passive managers in the world, with over US$600bn under management, we have pedigree in this space and are a trusted partner."

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