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 ​Investing in low interest rate environments and ESG's impact on the investment profession

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Tuesday, 16 March at 13.00-15.00 hrs CET and Wednesday, 17 March at 12.30 - 14.30 hrs CET

Price: Free of charge.

Registration deadline: 1 hour before the live streaming begins.


Hosted by CFA Society Norway in partnership with CFA Society Finland, CFA Society Denmark/The Danish Finance Society and CFA Society Sweden.

Since the Financial Crisis in 2008, the world has grown accustomed to low interest rates. Whilst the low interest rate environment has helped companies survive the most severe downturn since the Depression of the 1930s, it has also propped up financial markets and produced potentially dangerous side effects. As financial markets have become addicted to and economies have become reliant on lower interest rates, can central banks increase interest rates without causing major economic disruption?

While this poses a great dilemma for central banks and policy makers, low interest rates also create a challenge for pension funds, endowments, and portfolio managers. How do you balance the risk-return requirements from the beneficiaries if bonds no longer offer an attractive return? What deliberations must a portfolio manager make when facing portfolio management decisions in today's interest rate environment?

Low interest rates is not the only concern for portfolio managers these days. A growing focus amongst investors and other stakeholders is ESG and the sustainability of their investments. What considerations must one take when venturing into the world of sustainable investing? And how do you integrate sustainable investing into your investment process?

Day 1 - Tuesday, 16 March at 13.00-15.00 hrs CET 

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View the speaker bios here.

Program registration for Day 1 here.




by Isabelle Thompsen, CFA, Gjensidigestiftelsen, and President of CFA Society Norway


Investing in a Low Interest Rate Environment 
- Challenges for Pension Funds and Sovereign Wealth Funds


Knut Kjær, Chairman of FSN Capital and former CEO of NBIM
Moderated by Erlend Fredriksen, CFA, DNB, and board member of CFA Society Norway


Integrating Sustainable Investing into the Asset Allocation Process


Crystal Wan, CFA, Director, BlackRock, and Anna Hyrske, Principal Responsible Investment Specialist, Bank of Finland 
Moderated by Peter Lindström, CFA, Danske Bank, and board member of CFA Society Finland




Day 2 - Wednesday, 17 March at 12.30-14.30 hrs CET 

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View the speaker bios here.

Program registration for Day 2 here.






Covid-19 and Future Supervisory Priorities for ECB Banking Supervision


Thomas Broeng Jorgensen, Deputy Director General, European Central Bank
Moderated by CFA Society Denmark


Fixed Income in the Anthropocene  


Dr Ulf Erlandsson, Executive Chair, Anthropocene Fixed Income Institute
Moderated by Niclas Düring, Steward Redqueen B.V., and board member of CFA Society Sweden