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Vontobel Asset Management expands ESG product range with new global equity fund

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Vontobel Asset Management’s Quality Growth Boutique has added to its ESG product range with then launch of the Vontobel Fund – Global Equity X.

The fund closely follows the boutique’s long-established Global Equity Strategy, but excludes investments in companies engaged in the manufacture of tobacco products, fossil fuel extraction, controversial weapons and adult entertainment. The new fund enables investors, who have investment guidelines driven by regulation and ethical preferences, to benefit from an existing strategy with a time-tested track record.
 
“As long-term investors for almost 30 years, we see the important interdependent links between sustainable businesses and the economy, society and the environment,” says Sudhir Roc-Sennett (pictured), Head of Thought Leadership & ESG at the boutique. “We designed this fund to provide an option better suited for clients requesting an exclusionary ethical stance paired with our solid ESG approach.”
 
The Quality Growth boutique has consistently followed its investment philosophy of seeking to invest in stable and sustainable growth businesses, with less sensitivity to economic cycles than the market, and views ESG strengths as vital components of a company’s long-term potential. The Vontobel Fund – Global Equity, from which the new fund is derived, has an MSCI ESG Rating of A.
 
“The Quality Growth investment philosophy fits perfectly in the field of sustainable investments,” says Chief Investment Officer Matthew Benkendorf. “Given our focus on the importance of sustainability and predictable long-term earnings growth of our holdings, we are already fishing in a ‘cleaner pond.’ The Global Equity X fund follows the same investment approach as our 25-year-old Global Equity Strategy, which includes ESG and deep dive research within the process, and is constructed by the same team.”

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