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June 19

Note ESG may entice investors to save more – Natixis Global Asset Management

The rising importance placed on environmental, social and governance investing may be the key driver in getting more individual investors, across generations, to invest more or even start planning for retirement, suggests new findings from Natixis Global Asset Management’s (...)

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CalPERS’ Climate Risk Reporting Proposal Passes at Exxon Mobil

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Export Development Canada prices third Green Bond, responding to rising global interest in climate financing

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May 11

News CalPERS Urges Investors to Vote for Climate Change Reporting at Occidental Petroleum

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) is calling fellow shareowners of Occidental Petroleum, the international oil and gas company, to vote in favor of a proxy ballot resolution requiring the company to report on environmental risks and opportunities (...)

May 5

News Reinvestment Fund Issues $50 Million in Impact Investment Bonds

Oversubscribed, CDFI Bond Demand Affirms Interest in Socially Responsible Outcome at Competitive Market Rate

April 25

News IFC, Amundi to Create World’s Largest Green-Bond Fund Dedicated to Emerging Markets

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and Amundi, a leading European Asset Manager, today agreed to create the largest green-bond fund dedicated to emerging markets—a $2 billion initiative that aims to deepen local capital markets and expand financing for climate (...)

March 24

Innovation BlackRock launches Green Bond Index Fund as investors seek exposure to environmentally positive investment solutions

BlackRock has launched a Green Bond Index Fund, responding to the growing demand from investors for this fast-growing part of the fixed income market. BlackRock is one of the leading asset managers in the Green Bond market, with extensive experience of managing Green Bond (...)

March 17

News ENGIE successfully issues its second Green Bond of €1,5 billion

To support its ambitious development strategy in renewable energies and energy efficiency, ENGIE issued its second Green Bond of €1,5 billion. The Group reaffirms its commitment and determination to play a leading role in the development of green (...)

March 9

Innovation BlackRock completes sustainable equity ETF range with launch of Japanese equity fund

BlackRock is expanding its European sustainable exchange traded fund (ETF) range, with the launch of a fund offering exposure to Japanese companies with the highest environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings.

March 8

News Norges Bank has decided to exclude 10 companies based on the product-based coal criterion

The exclusions follow Norges Bank Investment Management’s third round of analysis of companies that may be affected by this criterion. The exclusions comprise all companies’ unlisted subsidiaries that issue bonds. The exception is green bonds, or subsidiaries that are deemed (...)

February 27

News ERI Scientific Beta makes comprehensive carbon reporting available free of charge for all indices

ERI Scientific Beta has announced an expansion of the Scientific Beta platform’s analytics capabilities, available with immediate effect from February 2017. Notably, within the context of ERI Scientific Beta’s environmental initiatives, the carbon metrics, have been extended (...)

February 22

News Natixis Asset Management pledges commitment to carbon neutral strategy

Natixis Asset Management aims to be one of the main players in a more sustainable capitalist economy and this responsibility applies not only to its operations as an asset manager, but also to the way the company runs on a daily (...)

February 16

News Deutsche AM enters ESG corporate bond ETF market

Deutsche Asset Management (Deutsche AM) has created a fixed income ETF to provide investors with environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG)-focused exposure to the euro-denominated corporate bond market.

January 25

News Agence France Trésor announced the successful launch of the first French sovereign green bond

Today, Agence France Trésor announced the successful launch of the first French sovereign green bond with a maturity of 22 years. The Green OAT 1.75% 25 June 2039 issuance amount was €7bn, making it the largest and longest-dated green bond ever (...)

January 12

News Amundi Energy Transition completes its first energy transition-related financing transaction

Amundi Energy Transition (AET), the asset management company jointly owned by Amundi and EDF, has completed the acquisition of a majority interest in a portfolio of gas-powered cogeneration plants from Dalkia, a leading French energy services company and EDF subsidiary. This (...)

January 2

News AFT will maintain its flexible and innovative issuance strategy in 2017 with the launch of a green OAT

In a 2017 market environment where the ECB sustains quantitative easing throughout the year, Agence France Trésor will continue to adapt its issuance policy to market developments. AFT will continue its policy of adjusting issuance to investor demand during the year to (...)

December 2016

News Unigestion selected by Kirstein A/S to subadvise new fund with reduced CO2 emissions

Unigestion, the boutique asset manager with scale, was recently selected as subadvisor of K Invest Low Carbon Global Equity fund, co-developing the low carbon approach with Kirstein A/S, a leading financial consultant in Denmark. The fund aims to achieve above average (...)

December 2016

News Meridiam reaches financial close in Turkey for Elazig integrated health campus PPP project with the first investment grade and social project bond enhanced by EBRD and MIGA

Meridiam, a leading global investor and asset manager specializing in public and community infrastructure, announced today that it has reached financial close for the Elazig Integrated Health Campus PPP Project.

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SRI CDC Climat, serving the economics of climate change

CDC Climat, a subsidiary of Caisse des Dépôts, develops carbon market services, invests in carbon assets and its research team conducts independent, neutral analyses for public authorities, market players and the general (...)

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Kiosk Alternatives to financial markets investments

The financial investment is not limited to financial markets assets and the current uncertainties obviously feed such thoughts. Indeed, there are many investment vehicles that could create value in a portfolio.

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Innovation BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research Launches Green Bond Index

The index is designed to track the performance of debt issued by quasi-governments and corporations where the proceeds of the issue are to be used solely for projects and activities that promote climate or other environmental sustainability (...)

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Innovation Lyxor AM and Finvex Group launch the first indexed ETF on low-volatility European SRI equities

The aim of this ETF is to improve the stability of a portfolio of European equities, thereby optimising its performance. The index strategy is therefore founded on a two-pronged risk management approach that considers “qualitative risk” by filtering the investment universe in (...)

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News ERI Scientific Beta makes comprehensive carbon reporting available free of charge for all indices

ERI Scientific Beta has announced an expansion of the Scientific Beta platform’s analytics capabilities, available with immediate effect from February 2017. Notably, within the context of ERI Scientific Beta’s environmental initiatives, the carbon metrics, have been extended (...)

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Innovation MSCI Launches Innovative Family of Low Carbon Indexes

Indexes licensed by Amundi for the creation of index-tracking solutions. Leading asset owners, AP4 and FRR, plan to use new indexes as benchmarks for passive mandates...

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News Rhodia launches a photovoltaic solar power facility project with SolaireDirect and OFI Asset Management

This facility will be one of France’s largest solar power projects installed on the roof of an industrial building...

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Innovation AfDB launches 3-year USD 500 million Inaugural Green Bond

The transaction was placed with 36 investors including the Third Swedish National Pension Fund, AP4, BlackRock, CalSTRs, Calvert Investment Management, Inc, Nordea Investment Management, Pictet Asset Management, Praxis Intermediate Income Fund, State Street Global Advisors (...)

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Innovation S&P 500 Catholic Values Index Launched by S&P Dow Jones Indices

S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI), one of the world’s leading providers of financial market indices, announced the launch of the S&P 500® Catholic Values Index which is designed to include the companies within the S&P 500 whose business practices adhere to the (...)

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Strategy Joining the dots between climate change and strategic risks

The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) 11th annual Global Risk Report named “failure of climate-change mitigation and adaptation” as the top global risk for 2016 and beyond, making a case for linking this to other high-ranking risks such as “large-scale involuntary migration” and (...)

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News COP 21: Long Term Infrastructure Investors Association (LTIIA) Announces INDCs Investment Implementation Task Force

The Long Term Infrastructure Investors Association (LTIIA) announced today that it has launched a pilot program to provide research, investment and implementation support to volunteering countries on the investment portion of their Intended Nationally Determined (...)

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Opinion During times of uncertainty on the markets, SRI sheds some light on good quality companies.

We often hear that during times of uncertainty on the financial markets, investment decisions are much more driven by market psychology and by macroeconomics than fundamental analysis on listed companies. It is only partly (...)

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Note Climate change: new investment risk demands action by investors, cautions new research

A new report from Mercer modelling the potential impact of climate change on investments, has found investors cannot ignore the implications for investment returns. The research reveals investors can manage the risk most effectively by looking ‘under the hood’ of their (...)

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Note Launch of green bonds

The term «Green Bonds» is more frequently used to describe a market that should mature very fast in order to deal with numerous requests for investments in the field of green infrastructure projects.

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Innovation Mirova launches Mirova Green Bond – Global, one of the first funds invested in green bonds

Mirova is launching the mutual fund Mirova Green Bond - Global, one of the first funds in the world for green bonds. Through this fund, Mirova is reasserting its pioneering position on the Green Bond market and offering a funding solution for projects with a high (...)

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Interview Yves Chevalier: "The FRR aims to decarbonise the majority of its equity indices portfolios"

According to Yves Chevalier, Executive Board member of the "Fonds de Reserve pour les Retraites - FRR", the fund aims to decarbonise almost all of its equity index portfolios. Currently, its outstanding assets involved in decarbonization are estimated at about 1.1 billion (...)

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