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Natixis IM launches its first ESG fund of funds

esgNatixis Investment Managers has launched its first range of multi-asset ESG fund of funds.

The Lux Ucits range consists of the Natixis ESG Conservative, Moderate and Dynamic funds, each offering diversified, multi-asset exposure to meet varying risk requirements of investors.  

The funds are managed by the multi asset portfolio management team within Natixis Investment Solutions, which manages €57 billion of which €5.4 billion is already focused on ESG-specific mandates. 

According to the firm, all strategies undergo a “rigorous” selection test, as each affiliate has its own independent investment process with a customised ESG approach.

The investment process starts by filtering for appropriate funds using a quantitative screen from an independent third-party provider, before qualitative assessments are done from both an ESG perspective and a classic fund selection angle. 

Finally, in-house risk management and tactical asset allocation process to manage the portfolio to meet defined risk & return objectives.

The lead portfolio manager is Nicolas Bozetto who has more than 12 years of experience running ESG related mandates.

James Beaumont, head of multi-asset portfolio management, said: “The ESG market is evolving rapidly and means many different things to different people.”

According to Beaumont, these funds give access to a wide range of ESG strategies across all asset classes in a “risk-controlled” manner.

The ESG funds are currently available in Belgium, France, Netherlands, and Spain, with further registration expected in July.  

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