Alternative Investments/ESG: Northern Trust Launches New ETFs In Europe

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The two new funds focus on climate themes.

Northern Trust Asset Management’s (NASDAQ: NTRS) FlexShares Exchange Traded Funds announced today its maiden ETFs in Europe. The FlexShares Developed Markets Low Volatility Climate ESG UCITS ETF (QVFD) and the FlexShares Developed Market High Dividend Climate ESG UCITS ETF (QDFD) launched on both the London Stock Exchange and EuroNext. (BusinessWire)

Both are climate-focused ETFs that seek to invest in companies that exhibit strength in profitability, management expertise, and cash flow.

“Actively designed with the transparency of indexing, these two ETFs are built specifically to fit within EMEA investors’ evolving needs to help manage portfolio volatility and deliver income in a low yield environment while doing so with a focus on quality,” said Marie Dzanis, head of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Northern Trust.

FlexShares Developed Markets Low Volatility Climate ESG UCITS ETF (QVFD)

The fund tracks the iSTOXX® Northern Trust Developed Markets Low Volatility Climate ESG Index.

Its expense ratio is 25 bps annually.

This is a low volatility fund featuring stocks that exhibit lower overall absolute volatility. Cash flow, combined with quality and ESG to maximize quality, improve ESG ratings and create a minimum variance.

FlexShares Developed Market High Dividend Climate ESG UCITS ETF (QDFD)

The fund tracks the iSTOXX® Northern Trust Developed Markets High Dividend Climate ESG Index.

Its expense ratio is 29 bps annually.

QDFD is an income fund featuring stocks that exhibit a high potential to generate income, combined with quality and ESG to maximize quality, improve ESG ratings and enhance dividend yield.

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