The Nordic region is widely known for having adopted socially responsible investing (SRI) very early, although we did not have a specific designation for it back then. SRI has a long history in the Nordics, where the first funds saw light in the 1980ies. Where does this come from and what does this mean for an investor?
High Nordic high yield primary activity After record years in 2017 and 2018, the primary activity in the Nordic High Yield market remained strong in the first half of 2019. The Communication sector was one of the most active, including a NOK 7 billion issue from the telecom company Nokia Oyj. Real estate also stood among the bigger contributors, followed by industrials and financials.
There is a lot of confusion and uncertainty when I discuss portfolio currency hedging with investors. I often meet the expression «hedging cost» and it often refers to the interest rate differentials (long the interbank rate you hedge to and short the interbank rate you hedge from). This is not the real hedge cost, but the hedge impact. The hedge cost is OTC trading costs, credit risk and bid/offer imbalance. Confused already?
«When the oil price tanks eyes turns to the NOKie». We often see the Brent oil price as a factor for explanation of the moves in the Norwegian krone (NOK) versus other currencies, but how does it really work over time? We have been looking closer to this relationship and have some interesting findings. These findings can be split in three levels:
Investments in funds are always related to risk. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Performances are calculated net of fees. Investments in funds are subject to market fluctuation and risks inherent in investing in securities. The value of investments and the revenue they generate can increase or decrease and it is possible that investors will not recover their initial investment.