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Hedge Funds Available In Sweden For The First Time

4/7/2009 - www.hedgeCo.net, Editor: Alex Akesson

The Swedish state pension platform, PPM, is including Salus Alpha funds in their premium pension portfolio with immediate effect. The Salus Alpha funds that were chosen are UCITS III compliant, and meet the strict requirements regarding transparency, daily liquidity and adequate administration procedures set up for the Premium Pension Authority.

By launching the first UCITS III fund that tracks a hedge fund index in September 2007, Salus Alpha paved the way for hedge funds as an optimal portfolio component for retirement investment, by adding multi-manager alternative investment products, the returns can be increased while decreasing the risk.

The Swedish pension system is divided in three parts; income pension, guaranteed pension and premium pension. For the premium pension the pension saver has a number of funds to choose from. Every pension saver can decide in which fund and what amount of money he wants to invest. At the moment the Premium Pension Authority’s fund holdings of 5.8 million pension savers are valued at a total of 27.5 Billion Euro ($36.7 billion).

By including these funds in the portfolio the Swedish Premium Pension Authority confirmed the market leadership of Salus Alpha in the regulated alternative investment sector.