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Northern Trust offers ESG fixed income strategies for investors

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The asset manager's strategies are designed to help investors see desired yields while enhancing their ESG score in a risk-controlled framework

Northern Trust Asset Management is offering ESG fixed income strategies enabling investors to combine fixed income and sustainable investing, media reports said. Northern Trust Asset Management is one the world’s largest investment managers.

Marie Dzanis, head of Northern Trust Asset Management, Europe, Middle East and Africa, said in a statement, “Although investors have been implementing equity-based ESG strategies for many years, many asset owners had been constrained by the lack of ESG investment options available in the fixed income market. At Northern Trust Asset Management, we continue to innovate and pioneer ESG and sustainable strategies and analytics to meet investors’ evolving needs. We are committed to designing solutions that complement passive and active investments, mitigate risks and help investors capture new opportunities.”

The asset manager’s strategies are designed to help investors see desired yields while enhancing their ESG score in a risk-controlled framework. Valeria Dinershteyn, sustainable investment strategist at Northern Trust Asset Management, said in a statement “These strategies employ a propriety ESG optimization to enhance the portfolio’s ESG rating relative to the index. In fact, during recent market turbulence, we’ve had an opportunity to watch our investment thesis play out. We found higher-rated ESG companies did, indeed, have tighter spreads in the fixed income markets. This underscores our belief that higher-rated ESG issuers can, additionally, offer downside mitigation during market uncertainty.”

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