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May 11

Note New research reveals institutional investors and wealth managers plan to switch to metal investment funds with stronger ESG credentials

New research with institutional investors and wealth managers reveals the growing demand for metal investment funds with a strong ESG focus, ensuring the metals are sustainably and ethically sourced.

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Société du Grand Paris continues financing the Grand Paris Express with a new bond offering

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Issuance in Emerging Market Green Bonds to Reach $100 Billion by 2023, Amundi and IFC Find

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April 20

News CPR AM expands its climate offering with two new open-ended funds

CPR AM, the thematic equities arm of the largest European asset manager Amundi, is expanding its range of investment solutions dedicated to combatting climate change with the launch of: CPR Invest – Climate Action Euro, an open-ended Eurozone equity fund and CPR Invest – (...)

April 16

News EUROFIMA successfully priced a new EUR 250mn 20-year Green Bond

On Monday 12th April 2021, EUROFIMA successfully priced a new EUR 250mn 20-year Green Bond, which is its longest outstanding maturity. The transaction marked EUROFIMA’s first visit to the primary market in 2021 as well as its first Green Bond issuance since the update of its (...)

April 8

News CNP Assurances and Tikehau Capital launch a unit-linked product bringing individuals access to private equity in the energy transition sector

CNP Assurances and its partner Tikehau Capital, an alternative asset management group, are launching the first private-equity unit-linked product on the energy transition theme, exclusively for CNP Patrimoine customers.

March 24

Innovation Euronext launches new CAC 40® ESG index to meet financial community’s sustainable investment needs

Euronext today announced the launch of the CAC 40® ESG index (gross return Bloomberg code: CACESGGR), designed to identify the 40 companies within the CAC® Large 60 Index that demonstrate the best Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) (...)

March 8

News Solactive provides two new Social and Governance Indices for BBVA’s Sustainable ‘Quantitative Investment Strategies’

The two new indices rounding out BBVA’s sustainable-centered QIS are the Solactive BBVA ixS Global Inclusive Growth Index and the Solactive BBVA ixG Global Governance & Board Diversity Index.

March 8

News Italian government includes EU taxonomy mitigation criteria in green bond framework

The Italian government has issued its inaugural green bond; issue size EUR 8.5 billion. Italy made efforts to align its green bond categories to the EU Taxonomy in terms of mitigation objective criteria. NN IP believes this is an important milestone for the green bond market (...)

February 22

Strategy The implementation of ESG in portfolios and the evolution of ESG reporting

We continue this series with Tomas Hildebrandt, Senior Portfolio Manager at Evli, and Janne Kujala, Head of Nordic Equity, to discuss implementation of responsible investments across funds and investment spaces.

February 3

News BIS launches second green bond fund for central banks

The euro-denominated, open-ended green bond fund for central banks builds on the success of the first, US dollar-denominated green bond fund. The two funds belong to the BIS’s green bond fund initiative and invest in high-quality bonds that comply with international green (...)

January 27

News ETFGI reports assets invested in ESG ETFs and ETPs listed globally reach a new milestone of US$187 billion at end of 2020

ETFGI, a leading independent research and consultancy firm covering trends in the global ETFs and ETPs ecosystem, reported today that assets invested in ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) ETFs and ETPs reached a new milestone of US$187 billion at the end of (...)

January 25

News BBVA expands its recently established ‘Quantitative Investment Strategies’ Business with Paris Aligned and Climate Transition Indices by Solactive

Leading Spanish bank BBVA issued its ‘Quantitative Investment Strategies’ (QIS), a business focusing on the design, manufacturing, and distribution of investment strategies via self-created indices aimed at end investors.

January 25

Opinion Laggards, electric vehicles and energy storage: The outlook for the climate transition in 2021

Jaime Ramos Martin, portfolio manager of Aviva Investors’ climate transition strategy, and Rick Stathers, Aviva Investors’ climate lead, look at three themes that will shape the outlook in 2021.

January 20

Note Water risk: what COVID-19 has taught us about ignoring systemic risks and what to do about it

For the past decade, WWF has been asking, “why are water crises continually ignored despite featuring on the WEF risk list year after year?” We know water crises are happening, we know the impact is substantial, and we know the risks are worsening, yet nobody is (...)

December 2020

News Nascent Social Bond Fund Sector Faces Implementation Challenges

Dedicated social bond funds, such as the social bond strategy announced recently by Amundi, may face heightened single-name concentration risks as a result unless they have latitude to invest in a wider array of instruments than just social (...)

December 2020

Innovation BlackRock Unveils New Offering to Power Investors’ Transition to Net Zero Emissions

“Aladdin Climate" Sets New Standard in Providing Investors Actionable Security-Level Data on Climate Risk. New Partnerships with Sustainalytics and Refinitiv Add to ESG Data Indicators Available Through Aladdin

November 2020

Video Estelle Ménard : « What is Responsible Investment? »

What is Responsible Investment? The answer from Estelle Ménard, Deputy Head of Thematic Equity Management at CPR Asset Management, in video.

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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 (...)

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News Investors representing $1.6trn in assets renew calls for improved ESG reporting by listed companies

In a move led by Aviva Investors, Some 24 institutional investors have written to 30 stock exchanges across the globe...

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Regulation ESMA consults on measures to promote sustainability in EU capital markets

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today launched three public consultations on sustainable finance initiatives to support the European Commission’s (EC) Sustainability Action Plan in the areas of securities trading, investment funds and credit rating (...)

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News World Bank and Nomura Announce Sale of new Green Bonds for Japanese investors

Today, the World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD), rated Aaa/AAA (Moody’s/S&P), and Nomura, Asia’s global investment bank, finalized the terms of secondary distribution of World Bank Green Bonds for Japanese retail (...)

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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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News Société du Grand Paris successfully launched its fifth and sixth Green bond issuances

On Wednesday 07th October 2020, Société du Grand Paris successfully launched its fifth and sixth Green bond issuances under its Green EMTN programme, for a total amount of EUR 6bn split over two distinct tenors: EUR 3bn at 10-year (0% coupon) and EUR 3bn at 40-year (0.7% (...)

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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 Solactive releases new Euro IG Corporate Index with ESG Integration developed by SD-M

ESG remains the big topic in the year of 2019 since more and more investors emphasize this exciting and future-oriented topic. The ESG incorporation methodologies are manifold, and for each purpose, ETF providers and asset managers can find their (...)

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News African Development Bank issues first ever SOFR-linked transaction in green bond market

On Tuesday 27 November 2018, the African Development Bank rated Aaa/AAA/AAA by Moody’s/S&P/Fitch (all stable) successfully priced a dual-tranche US$ 500 million 3-year and US$ 100 million 2-year SOFR-linked Green bond, becoming the first issuer to bring to the market a (...)

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News Euronext Launches New Euronext Green Bonds Offering

Euronext announces the creation of a new Euronext Green Bonds offering across its six regulated markets. The initiative, which was launched today at Climate Finance Week in Dublin, is operated out of Euronext Dublin, the group centre of excellence for Debt, Funds and ETFs, (...)

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News Germany set for first green bond with innovative structure but little scope for higher issuance

Germany (AAA/Stable) is set to enter the sovereign green bond market in the second half of 2020 as part of a longer-term strategy to shift debt towards green alternatives. Future issuance depends on the government’s willingness to move to a green (...)

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News CNP Assurances publishes its first report on the use of funds raised by the green issue of November 2019

In June 2019, CNP Assurances was the first European issuer in the insurance sector to publish a framework document for the issuance of green bonds.

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News IFC Invests $200 Million in Standard Bank of South Africa’s Green Bond Issuance

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, invested $200 million in The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited’s green bond placed on the London Stock Exchange today. It’s Africa’s largest green bond and South Africa’s first offshore green bond issuance, which will increase access to (...)

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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 (...)

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Innovation Mirova Green Bond - Global, the first green bond

Mirova, a subsidiary of Natixis Asset Management dedicated to responsible investment, has received the Novethic Green Fund Label 2015 for its fund Mirova Green Bond - Global. Mirova Green Bond - Global has thereby become the first green bond fund awarded the Novethic (...)

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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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