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​Icelandic pension funds buck performance trend with gains


first_imgThe pension fund said in its annual results announcement that its allocation to foreign securities had expanded by 2 percentage points during 2018, to end the year at 35% of total assets.Bond funds also grew significantly, with this allocation rising to ISK92.9bn or 13% of assets, from around 12% the year before, it said. Two of Iceland’s largest pension funds recorded positive investment performance in 2018 despite weak markets in the fourth quarter.The Pension Fund of Commerce (Lífeyrissjóður verzlunarmanna), posted a 4.3% return for 2018, with assets reaching ISK713bn (€5.3bn) – an increase of ISK48bn. In net real terms, the return was 1%, it said.The result follows a string of reports from other major European pension funds, the majority of which posted losses in 2018 after equity markets dropped sharply in the fourth quarter. Source: Marcel PrueskeThe iconic Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavik, IcelandThe pension fund said its 10-year average return was 4.5%, with the 20-year average at 3.9%.The fund is Iceland’s second largest after Lífeyrissjóður starfsmanna ríkisins (LSR), the Pension Fund for State Employees.Gildi gains on fixed income allocationThe country’s third-largest pension fund Gildi reported a 5.8% return on its investments for 2018 – a result it says was supported particularly by the performance of domestic bonds.According to its full-year financial figures, the return was 2.4% in net real terms.Árni Guðmundsson, Gildi’s chief executive said: “In my opinion, this performance is acceptable, but market conditions were difficult in many ways in 2018.“However, pension funds are long-term investors, and in this context it can be pointed out that net real returns over the past 10 years are 3.9%, and 3.7% for the last 20 years”.Gildi said domestic bonds produced good returns last year, as did unlisted shares, both domestic and foreign. Returns on other asset classes were weaker.The fund’s net assets rose to ISK561.2bn at the end of 2018, up by ISK43.9bn from the year before.Transparency improvements for Icelandic fundscenter_img The leaders of three other Icelandic pension funds have hailed transparency improvements in the sector – but emphasised that there was still further to go.In a joint article published on Icelandic news site Kjarninn, the trio – Frjalsi CEO Arnaldur Loftsson, EFÍA and LSBÍ boss Snædís Ögn Flosadóttir, and Lífeyrissjóður Rangæinga CEO Þröstur Sigurðsson, discussed society’s demands for increased access to information about pension fund activities.They said the funds, supervisory bodies and the Icelandic Pension Funds Association had all done well in disseminating information.They welcomed the fact that pension scheme members had become more interested in pension funds’ activity, and said they hoped this would increase even further.“Pension funds, as well as their supervisory bodies, have strived to provide detailed information in recent years and are constantly being added,” they said. “However, it is clear that it is always possible to do better and improve presentation.”last_img read more


No. 21 Syracuse fails to upset No. 7 Notre Dame in one of program’s biggest-ever games


first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 19, 2017 at 7:13 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer The game was going to be different for Syracuse. It was clear at the start of the year, when SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said he wanted to prove his team belonged in the same conversation with other upper-echelon squads, like preseason No. 1 Notre Dame.The expectation only ramped up in the last month as Syracuse kept its program-record 18-game home winning streak alive. Then, 11 days ago, Syracuse announced a partnership with 13 local companies that all offered group ticket discounts in attempt to set an attendance record for a women’s game in the Carrier Dome.The Orange never pretended this game was like any other. It wasn’t. Not after the North Carolina game last week. Not during the media availability session this week. Not during the first play of the game, when Brittney Sykes rose up for a deep 3-pointer from the left wing, drained it and held up three fingers on each hand with thunderous Carrier Dome crowd as the backdrop.“It’s a big game,” Hillsman had said. “We can’t deflect that.”No. 21 Syracuse (18-9, 9-5 Atlantic Coast) started hot in one of its biggest regular season games in program history, hitting three quick 3s to pump itself and the crowd. In front of a record-setting 11,021 fans, Syracuse seemed ready to avenge two losses to UND last year. Ready to make sure the outcome of the game would be as different as the atmosphere.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNo. 7 Notre Dame (25-3, 13-1) fought back every step of the way, and took its first lead early in the fourth quarter. Syracuse brought it back to a 3-point game but an Alexis Peterson heave with seconds left on the clock came up just short, as the Orange couldn’t finish off a monumental upset in an 85-80 loss on Sunday in the Carrier Dome.“We played a great three quarters,” Hillsman said.Notre Dame tilted the game back in its favor by using star big Briana Turner. In the first half, Turner mainly prowled the high post area. Syracuse was content to let her stay out there as it stopped UND’s forwards curling inside for looks.But in the second half, the cuts were inverted. Notre Dame’s forwards flashed to the high post, drawing out center Briana Day while Turner curled onto the inside, oftentimes finding herself matched up with an SU forward. Three straight buckets for Turner to start the fourth quarter turned a four-quarter deficit into the Fighting Irish’s first lead. She finished with a career-high 31 points.“She was getting on our forwards sometimes and it was just a mismatch from there,” Day said. “… it just threw us out of our defense.”Hillsman made adjustments too by subbing out forward Isabella Slim for center Bria Day with seven minutes left to play with extra size on the interior. Turner only made one more field goal the rest of the way.The Orange had found the way to slow down UND’s looks on the inside, but it failed to complete the defensive stand. SU surrendered eight offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter alone, including five in the last 3:57 of the game.On one play, Turner got fouled on a layup and missed the and-1 opportunity. Teammate Arike Ogunbowale corralled the layup and got an extra two points for UND instead. On another, SU forced UND into a 3-pointer with one second left on the shot clock. But the visitors grabbed a long rebound.One of the Orange’s goals, Hillsman said, was to have 20 more possessions than Notre Dame. SU won the turnover margin, but 18 offensive rebounds for UND, compared to Syracuse’s five, made achieving that goal impossible.“When they get those offensive rebounds … off of playing 25, 30 seconds of defense,” Sykes said, “it puts pressure on us to play another 30 and now we’re playing a whole minute.”Despite fourth-quarter errors, Syracuse fought back. Gabby Cooper hit a big 3-pointer to make it a four-point game with 36 seconds to go. Missed free throws by UND down the stretch gave the Orange one last chance to tie the game, before Peterson missed the 3-pointer.There’s no denying that the game was different for Syracuse. Eleven thousand people waited with baited breath as Peterson’s final shot soared through the air. The Orange’s total season attendance before today’s game was a little more than 17,000.Those fans arrived with higher expectations. Last year, SU played UND twice and did not lead once. On Sunday, the Orange led for three quarters and hung blow for blow with one of the premier programs in college basketball.Syracuse hoped that by changing everything else — the crowd, the expectation, the lineup — it would lead to a change in final result.But, just like Peterson’s 3-point attempt, the heave came up just short. Commentslast_img read more


Pinnacle backs hot esports prospect NORTH


first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Related Articles Share Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Marco Blume – PinnacleLow-margin bookmaker Pinnacle continues to expand its profile and brand coverage within esports, becoming an official partner of Copenhagen-based esports organisation NORTH (north.gg)Founded in 2017, NORTH is the ‘fast growth’ esports organisation formed by Danish Superliga FC Copenhagen and Nordic entertainment group Nordisk.Since its foundation, NORTH has risen to become one of the leading European esports team ‘consistently ranked amongst world’s top 10 for CS:GO formats.Agreeing on an 18-month partnership, the Pinnacle brand will be displayed across the front of NORTH’s s CS:GO jersey, with the esports organisation further collaborating on Pinnacle esports related content.Backing the partnership Marco Blume, Trading Director at Pinnacle said: “This is a massive deal for us. We have waited so long for a team partnership because we wanted to make sure we signed with an organisation that matched our ambition and desire to take esports to the next level. North certainly ticked all the boxes and we’re really excited to start working together to enhance the experience for esports fans around the world.”Welcoming Pinnacle as new partner, Jonas Gundersen, North’s Chief Commercial Officer commented: “Partnering up with Pinnacle really is underlining the journey we are on with North. It feels great that we are able to continue the next phase of the journey together with a such a well respected and household name that shares our ambition of narrating the esports story as it develops. Our passion for gaming is very strong, and Pinnacle really understands our aim of expanding even further”. Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020last_img read more


Angels make $1.2 million in payments to ballpark employees


first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield The Angels have issued payments totaling about $1.2 million to more than 1,800 game-day employees who are missing work because of the sport’s COVID-19 shutdown, the team said Sunday.The status of further payments will be determined as events warrant with the season still delayed indefinitely, spokesperson Marie Garvey said.The employees were paid varying amounts based on their hours, job duties and normal rate of pay, Garvey said.The Angels Ballpark Fund includes payments to concession, janitorial and security workers who are employed by outside companies to work at Angel Stadium. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros “We understand the important contribution that all ballpark workers play in creating a memorable experience at Angel Stadium and have invested over $1 million to provide financial resources during this unprecedented time,” Garvey said in a statement. “Our organization took an inclusive approach and Angels ballpark employees received a one-time distribution this week.”Major League Baseball announced last month that each club would contribute at least $1 million toward paying their game-day employees to compensate them for work lost because of the pandemic.Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter center_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more