Alternative Investments/ESG: New, Climate-Focused, Emerging Market ETFs From Northern Trust

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To be offered in Europe, the new ETFs will be a part of the FlexShares suite.

The FlexShares ETF unit of Northern Trust Asset Management announced Monday the launch of two new emerging markets climate-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs) in Europe. The FlexShares Emerging Markets High Dividend Climate ESG UCITS ETF (QDFE) and the FlexShares Emerging Markets Low Volatility Climate ESG UCITS ETF (QVFE) are listed on the Euronext exchange and Deutsche Börse and are available in five countries across Europe: the UK, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, and the Netherlands. (BusinessWire)

FlexShares Emerging Markets High Dividend Climate ESG UCITS ETF (QDFE)

This ETF will invest in high-quality, dividend paying emerging market stocks with an emphasis on ESG and climate-related improvements.

The fund managers will assess the quality of the companies with reference to profitability, management expertise and cash flow.

The fund will track the iSTOXX Northern Trust Emerging Markets High Dividend Climate ESG Index.

FlexShares Emerging Markets Low Volatility Climate ESG UCITS ETF (QVFE)

This ETF will invest in high-quality emerging market companies that are less volatile but also satisfy norms for climate and ESG improvements.

The fund aims to minimize overall portfolio volatility, improve ESG score, improve carbon risk rating and reduce carbon emissions intensity.

The fund will track the iSTOXX Northern Trust Developed Markets Low Volatility Climate ESG Index.

Fundspeak

“We believe that investors should be compensated for the risks they take in all market environments,” said Marie Dzanis, head of Northern Trust Asset Management for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). “As we see growth opportunities throughout various regions in emerging markets, our newly launched ETFs are designed to capitalize on this growth while leveraging our more than 30 years of sustainable investing expertise.”

“The addition of QDFE and QVFE will enhance our ETF suite in Europe, providing investors a diverse set of equity strategies within the growing FlexShares lineup,” added Darek Wojnar, global head of Funds, ETFs & Managed Accounts at Northern Trust Asset Management. “For the past decade in the United States (US), we’ve defined our place in the ETF industry through our primary focus on meeting specific investor objectives with quantitative solutions. Looking ahead to the next 10 years, we recognize the growing importance of sustainability to those objectives and the need for ESG funds that can serve as a core holding across asset classes. We believe this is a key area for growth both in Europe and the US as we position the business for continued success.”

Related Story: Four New Climate-Focused ESG ETFs From FlexShares

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