Investments

The future pensions of local government employees are provided for by means of the pension liability fund. The mission of Keva’s investment operations is to invest the fund’s assets in such a manner that the investment returns make it possible for the pension contribution to remain at a predictable and stable level far into the future. We also ensure that sufficient funds that can quickly and economically be converted into cash are available for the payment of pensions under all circumstances.

The aim of Keva’s investment operations is to maximise the pension fund’s long-term return. This aim is pursued by both making direct investments and drawing on the specialised expertise of our partners. Our investment strategy relies on making use of the pension fund’s structural competitive advantages – our long time horizon and sufficient size – and on careful risk management.

 

 

3.5%

€45mrd

4.8%

 
10-year real rate of return per year at 31.12.2015
Fund assets at 31.12.2015
5-year real rate of return per year at 31.12.2015

Investment portfolio

Keva’s investment portfolio consists of fixed-income investments, equity investments, real estate investments, private equity investments and hedge funds. The portfolio is diversified not only by asset class but also by geography, sector and style.

Fixed-income investments

Keva invests in bonds issued by parties including governments, governmental bodies and corporate bodies in both developed and emerging markets on a global scale. Our primary geographical emphasis is on Europe, however. We only employ active strategies in fixed-income investments. Keva focuses on investment-grade corporate bonds in its choice of fixed-income securities. When it comes to investment opportunities requiring local knowledge and specialised expertise, we draw on strategies prepared by our carefully selected partners.

Equity investments

Keva’s investments in listed equities have been diversified by geography, sector and investment style. In terms of geography, most of our investments are in Northern America, Europe and the emerging markets. Both active and passive investment strategies are employed when investing in equities. Active investment strategies are used when we have reason to believe that after costs, they will outperform index investing. Keva’s equity team focuses primarily on European investments. In other markets, we rely on the equity strategies of thoroughly vetted partners.

Real estate investments

Keva’s real estate portfolio comprises direct investments in real estate located in Finland and the Nordic countries as well as investments in Finnish and foreign real estate funds.

Other investments

Private equity investments

As a long-term investor, Keva capitalises on the investment opportunities provided by non-liquid and less effective markets also when it comes to private equity investments. Our widely diversified private equity investment programme consists of funds which focus on financing start-ups and growth companies as well as mergers and acquisitions on the part of established companies. The majority of these investments take place in Europe and the United States.

Private equity investments are primarily accomplished through funds. Investments may also be made in non-listed equities.

Hedge funds

Keva’s hedge fund investments and other alternative investments consist of both traditional absolute return funds as well as funds which have a longer duration and are often also of a more opportunistic nature.

The investments have been diversified by fund and investment style to accomplish a portfolio of moderate risk level which spans more than one market cycle and seeks to preserve capital under all circumstances. In many cases, the strategies employed by the hedge funds are designed to be relatively independent of the returns on the most common investment instruments, which boosts the portfolio’s risk diversification.

Hedge fund investments and other alternative investments are made via funds.

Responsible investment

Tasked with managing the local government pension assets, Keva is a long-term investor that under law must ensure the safety and return of investments. The responsible performance of its task requires Keva to have an excellent understanding of the risks and opportunities relating to factors such as the environment, social responsibility and good corporate governance.

Guidance is provided by our principles of Responsible investment. The core idea of the principles is to integrate responsibility into the entire investment process rather than to exclude certain corporations or industries from the investment universe.

Responsible investment at Keva applies equally to all asset classes but the specific methods and scope for action depend on the characteristics of each individual asset class. Keva’s responsible investment operations are coordinated by the Responsible Investment Steering Group, which has representatives from each of the Investments department’s units.

Keva became a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI) in 2008. Progress in the field of responsibility is monitored by means of the UN PRI questionnaire completed annually

Responsible investment in practice: environmental strategy for real estate investments

In 2014, the electricity and thermal energy consumption of the properties managed by Keva amounted to approximately 150 GWh. Similarly, the water consumption in the properties was some 400 thousand cubic metres. It is Keva’s objective to reduce total energy consumption by 7% of the 2014 level by the year 2021. In respect of residential properties, the goal is to reduce water consumption by 10% of the 2014 level by the year 2021.

In 2014, the portion of low-emission green electricity of all electricity in Keva’s properties was 11%. Keva aims to increase the portion of green electricity to 15% by the end of 2020.