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Global and European index funds next in line
The Swedish Fund Selection Agency, FTN, is announcing the next two procurements of funds to be procured to the premium pension fund platform – European equities index and Global equities index. Notice will be made for the procurements at the end of 2023 or in the beginning of 2024. FTN also announces two additional procurements to the plan for 2024; actively managed Swedish equities and Swedish equities index, in addition to previously communicated categories.Notice will be made simultaneously for the procurements of European equities index, AUM SEK 14 bn*, and Global equities index, AUM SEK 40 bn*. Fund managers that wish to participate in both procurements will have to submit separate tenders for each category.In addition to the index procurements, notice is planned during 2024 for the following procurements, without consecutive order:
Nordic Equities, actively managed: AUM of ~ SEK 19 bn*
Global bonds: AUM of ~ SEK 0.7 bn*
Swedish Equities, Actively managed: AUM of ~ SEK 74 bn*
Swedish Equities, Index: AUM of ~ SEK 46 bn*
To inform fund managers about the upcoming index procurements, FTN shares a Fund specification draft for the procurement of Global equities index (see slide 13 in attached pdf). Since the next two procurements are the first index categories to be procured to the premium pension fund platform, FTN also shares examples of the preliminary requirements on index funds and selected benchmarks, which are currently under evaluation and can be subject to change.Examples of preliminary requirements for index funds:
Fund must be constructed to replicate or follow an index.
Tracking Error < 0,5% against the selected benchmark index.
Selected benchmark should be a standardized index or a customized index e.g. sustainability screened indices.
Preferred strategies for index funds are full replication or stratified replication.
Examples of preliminary requirements for selected benchmarks:
Must be provided by an independent index provider.
Index must be provided by an established provider such as Bloomberg/MSCI/FTSE/Russell/S&P/Solactive or provider approved under the EU regulation on benchmarks (BMR).
Must use transparent index methodology.
Must follow regular rebalancing schedule.
Index must fulfil the minimum sustainability requirements e.g. exclusion of controversial weapons and companies that repeatedly violate international conventions.
The above information regarding coming procurements and the preliminary requirements on index funds and selected benchmarks were communicated at a Status update event held by Executive Director Erik Fransson and Head of Communication Viktor Ström, on Tuesday November 21st, 15:00 CET. During the event, FTN also shared that the tender fee, annual fee for procured funds and the fee for application-based funds on the fund platform, will remain unchanged during 2024.FTN welcomes comments and questions on the procurement plan, which can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. FTN will not be able to answer all questions, but will review and consider all submitted comments. Please note that documents received by an authority are official documents. Official documents are public insofar as they do not contain information that must be kept secret under the Swedish Public Access to Information and Secrecy Act (2007:400). Public documents may therefore be disclosed in full or in part if someone requests access to them. Information protected by confidentiality is not disclosed. However, FTN will make an independent confidentiality assessment which in turn may ultimately be reviewed by a court.*AUM is the amount allocated to the category today. It is not guaranteed that the procured volume will be equally large.Find the presentation from the Status update event here Pdf, 2.9 MB..
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Virtual status update event with FTN
The office of FTN invites fund managers to a virtual status update event, Tuesday, November 21st at 15.00-16.00 (CET)The event is a live broadcast meeting where the office of the Swedish Fund Selection Agency (FTN) gives a status update on the procurement process and the development of the organization.Executive Director Erik Fransson together with Head of Communication Viktor Ström will share the status of ongoing operations, the procurement of funds to the premium pension fund platform, the plan for 2024 and answer related questions.The status update event is mainly directed at stakeholders that participate or may participate in any of the procurements of funds to the premium pension fund platform and will be held in English. The broadcast will be recorded, translated and subtitled in Swedish and will be published on FTN:s website the week following the event.Please note that no information regarding the ongoing procurement, or any other information covered by secrecy, is shared during the status update event.Registration for the information meeting is made via this link: FTN virtual status update event External link, opens in new window.
For practical questions regarding participation in the event, please contact email@example.comWelcome!Upcoming events FTN:s office will participate inEmployees at the office of FTN will participate in a number of external events during the autumn. The aim is to represent FTN and participate in seminars and dialogue with the fund industry. Read more here Opens in new window.
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The Swedish Fund Selection Agency is starting the evaluation of tenders in the procurement of actively managed European equity funds
The Swedish Fund Selection Agency (FTN) thanks the tenderers for the tenders received in the procurement of actively managed European equity funds with a primary focus on investments in large and/or mid cap to the premium pension fund platform. The tender opening is now finalized, which constitutes the start of the assessment and evaluation of the tenders received. The deadline for submission of tenders in the procurement was passed end of day Thursday, October 5th 2023 (CEST). FTN has now finalized the tender opening and will now start the evaluation, review and assessment of all the submitted tenders. The evaluation of tenders is estimated to be completed, towards the end of Q1 2024 when an award decision will be announced. Absolute secrecy applies to all information related to the tenders. This means that no information regarding the tenders is disclosed until after the award decision has been announced, or when the procurement, where applicable, has been ended in another way. Further information about the procurement process can be found in the Procurement Guidelines, which are available here External link..All information regarding the procurement will continue to be provided via the procurement platform e-Avrop External link..
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The office of the Swedish Fund Selection Agency recruits Viktor Ström as Head of Communications
The office of the Swedish Fund Selection Agency welcomes Viktor Ström as Head of Communications. He is taking over the position from Nadine Viel Lamare, who will focus on the FTN’s sustainability strategy.Viktor joins most recently from Lannebo Funds, where he has worked since 2019. During his time at Lannebo Fonder, he had the role as Head of Marketing and Communications within the corporate management team.
Prior to working at Lannebo Funds, Viktor worked as a financial journalist for a decade, during which he held various positions, including News editor and part of the editorial management team at the Swedish business daily Dagens industri. With his deep experience from both the fund industry and media, Viktor’s ability to create successful communication strategies that generate long-term value will be an important addition to FTN’s market dialogue and organization.
"The FTN has a task that aims to enhance the financial standing of the pension savers. I am both honored and deeply appreciative of the opportunity to play a role in such an important undertaking," says Viktor.Viktor will start his new position as Head of Communication October 2nd.
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FTN extends the tender period for the procurement of European equity funds