New GAM strategy is one of the first to focus on green and sustainability bonds issued by European financials

GAM Investments today announced the launch of a new sustainable climate bond strategy, allocating to green and sustainability bonds with positive environmental impact, issued by the European financial sector. The strategy is the second to be launched this year, building the firm’s sustainable product range.

The bond market for climate change solutions is worth more than USD 100 trillion and mobilising this capital is key to advancing the low-carbon transition. For this reason, GAM has also joined the Climate Bonds Initiative, whose purpose is to drive forward this process.

The launch of the sustainable climate bond strategy recognises the pivotal role banks, in particular, will play in the environmental transition as the primary source of financing for European corporates and for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). In the first half of 2021, green bond issuance by European banks reached USD 100 billion, driven by a record USD 33 billion in the first half of 2021 alone. Issuance is expected to remain strong, driven by banks’ commitments to finance the ‘green’ economy.

The sustainable climate bond strategy will be managed by Atlanticomnium S.A., an independent Geneva-based fund management company, which has specialised in credit investing since it was founded in 1976 and has managed assets for GAM since 1985. The new strategy draws upon the team’s experience and historical strong track record investing in the bonds of financials and their established history of analysing issuers, conducting close engagement and building deep relationships with issuers and regulators.

The strategy adopts an active, bottom-up, high-conviction approach, investing in bonds which allocate proceeds to eligible green projects across market caps with measurable impact, such as renewable energy and green buildings.

In order to identify bonds that the investment team believes will deliver meaningful impact, the team applies its proprietary green bond assessment framework. The framework is split into three layers of analysis – issuer, bond and green asset level – which are interwoven into the team’s overarching, longstanding process. Each layer is assessed individually, using both proprietary research and data from external third parties. Engagement is also a key part of the team’s framework, both to enhance their analysis and to encourage improving standards within each pillar.

The strategy has an average rating of BBB+. It is classified as Article 9 under SFDR and investors will receive an annual impact report, outlining the associated quantitative positive environmental benefit of their investment.

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  • The Valuation date: April 24, 2024
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    520,240,422GAM Interest Trend IncIE00BYM4P913-0.00810.02730.2948-0.812.7329.48

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