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Nordic institutional investors increasingly turn to hedge funds to find returns

Thursday, October 17, 2013

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Karl Trollborg
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:

The Opalesque 2013 Nordic Roundtable, sponsored by Estlander & Partners, Eurex and Taussig Capital saw participants discussing the current appetite for hedge funds among Nordic investors.

Karl Trollborg of Wassum said: "I see two clear forces that stand out at the moment driving institutional investor behavior. One is Solvency II and the other IFRS. Both push some of our clients into more absolute return type of investments from equities or any other volatile investment." He went on to say that one aspect of the new pension regulations was that investors are trying to get less volatile returns and match it with their liabilities. "According to IFRS, pension trust assets should be valued marked-to-market. That means the pension schemes' volatility is documented in each quarterly report, they basically get it into the quarterly profit and loss statement, which the corporates don’t like. And their banks seem not to like it either" he said.

While the daily fluctuations in holdings are really just on paper, often smoothed out over the longer term, investors take an issue ......................

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