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    The Optimists’ Week

    The sun is shining, the birds are chirping happily and, despite the gloominess of the pandemic still in the background, it looks like sustainable investors have reasons to get a little more optimistic.

    This week, we caught up with Karin Björk, who just joined 2050, one of Sweden’s leading sustainability and climate change consultancies. She believes the carbon-saving habits we are now forming in these extraordinary times may last beyond the quarantine. Our partner this week, State Street Global Advisors, echoes her words (see below!) Coincidentally, we also found out that Karin’s previous employer, Sustainalytics, became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Morningstar.

    Also a coincidence, Morningstar published a report that will add water to the ESG-optimists’ mill. The study shows how two-thirds of sustainable funds outperformed their average peers during the March sell-off.

    The green bond market continues to flourish in the Nordics, with Finnish pulp & paper giant Stora Enso issuing a SEK-denominated green bond and the Nordic Investment Bank a EUR seven-year zero-coupon green bond. Meanwhile, Getinge, the Swedish manufacturer of medical equipment (among which highly sought-after ventilators) issued a COVID-19 themed commercial paper maturing in October.

    Elsewhere, BlackRock launched three new ESG low-volatility equity ETFs and Lyxor Asset Management an ETF providing exposure to the 50 best ESG companies on the DAX.

    Last but not least, Infracapital, the infrastructure equity investment arm of M&G Plc, acquired a majority stake in Fortum Recharge, a leading public electric vehicle charge point operator in the Nordics.

    Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

    Aline Reichenberg Gustafsson, CFA
    Aline Reichenberg Gustafsson, CFA
    Aline Reichenberg Gustafsson, CFA is Editor-in-Chief for NordSIP and Managing Director for Big Green Tree Media. She has 18 years of experience in the asset management industry in Stockholm, London and Geneva, including as a long/short equity hedge fund portfolio manager, and buy-side analyst, but also as CFO and COO in several asset management firms. Aline holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a License in Economic Sciences from the University of Geneva.

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