Opportunities Galore

    This week, LGIM launched L&G Emerging Market Equity Future Core Fund, a passive strategy that combines emerging market exposure with the integration of sustainable investment factors. The product was developed with the support of Swedish state buffer pension fund AP1. Also in Sweden, Kommuninvest issued a new SEK7 billion green bond, the issuer’s eleventh green transaction, and its largest one in Swedish Krona, second only to the one conducted by the Swedish Government, earlier this year.

    Elsewhere, Canadian pension funds AIMCo, BCI, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, CPP Investments, HOOPP, OMERS, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, and PSP Investments call on companies and investors to improve their ESG disclosures.

    The International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) announced they will merge into a unified organization, to be called the Value Reporting Foundation, by mid-2021.

    Carnegie Fonder hired Anna Strömberg as head of sustainability, and as manager of the Tillväxt Sverige fund, Sweden’s first Nordic Swan Eco-labelled fund. “There’s a disconnect between the sell-side analysts’ willingness to factor these growth opportunities into their models and the buy-side willingness to pay up for long-term growth,” Strömberg told NordSIP, talking about the opportunities that the latest rules and regulations have generated.

    This week, Heidi Berg, independent impact investment and ESG consultant based in Shanghai reports on the tremendous opportunities for sustainable investments in China, despite a few remaining hurdles.

    “According to the World Bank, approximately 1.7 billion adults across the world do not have access to financial services within the traditional financial system,” Sarah Norris of Aberdeen Standard Investments told NordSIP in a recent interview where she comments on the importance of engagement in impact investing.


    Picture by @Mehaniq via Twenty20

    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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