New research from Hermes Investment Management shows a correlation between companies’ ESG scores and credit spreads.
Most insurers ignore ESG
Only one in three European insurance companies invest responsibly, and most of these mainly do so because of regulatory pressure, according to fresh research from AXA IM. But large and small insurers don’t take ESG equally unseriously.
Susanne Bolin-Gärtner interview – Evolve or die
Susanne Bolin-Gärtner has overhauled the selection philosophy at Stockholm’s Folksam Fondforsäkring, shifting the focus from ‘exotic’ to flexible funds with a wide mandate while improving ESG standards.
BlackRock turns focus on Japan for ethical ETF
BlackRock has launched a sustainable ETF with exposure to Japan. It’s an addition to a range of ETFs the asset manager has launched recently.
ESG investing – don’t let Trump deter you
Right now is a fantastic time to invest in North American companies that have ESG integration at the heart of their strategy, says BMO GAM’s Jamie Jenkins, head of global ESG equities.
BlueBay copies Norway oil fund ESG-policy for new high yield bond fund
BlueBay Asset Management has launched the Global High Yield ESG Bond Fund, incorporating the ESG policy used by Norway’s oil fund.
ESG screening: it all depends on the asset class
Fund selectors should be flexible when it comes to their ESG demands, and adapt these to the asset classes they invest in. That’s the conclusion of a study conducted by bfinance.
Is large cap focus a problem for ESG trackers?
Passive ESG strategies tend to focus exclusively on large caps. This is a problem because they miss out on ESG opportunities in small cap companies that can only be exploited by active managers, according to Ryan Smith, head of ESG research at Kames Capital. Does he have a point?
Are ESG funds doomed to fail under Trump?
President-elect Donald Trump might not be all bad for funds that make impactful investments in clean energy, technology or innovative pharmaceuticals, says AXA Investment Managers global head of responsible investment Matt Christensen.
ESG leaves Munich’s fund buyers cold
ESG funds are fast becoming a staple that caters for the appetite of Northern European investors. But in the centre of Europe’s automotive industry, Bavaria, investors are not quite as bothered with sustainability.