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Natixis launches Mirova Global Green Bond Fund


Natixis Global Asset Management has launched the Mirova Global Green Bond Fund (MGGYX), a high-conviction fixed-income mutual fund managed by Natixis Asset Management US, using the investment and research expertise of Mirova.

Mirova is an asset manager based in Paris specialising in responsible investing, which for this strategy includes environmental, social and governance (ESG) analysis combined with identification of value in the green bond universe. Green bonds finance projects that provide environmental and sustainable benefits.
“Investors are looking at ESG more closely to understand global trends that may impact their portfolios over the long term,” says David Giunta (pictured), president and CEO of Natixis Global Asset Management for the US and Canada. “We are pleased to offer the Mirova Global Green Bond Fund to investors who recognise the opportunities that renewable energy and ecological transition may present and would like a vehicle to invest in these projects as a complement to a core fixed-income allocation and as a component of a durable portfolio.”
The Mirova Global Green Bond Fund aims to provide total return, through a combination of capital appreciation and current income, by investing in green bonds. The fund is dedicated to financing environmental transition projects while potentially benefitting investors with global diversification and sustainable value.
Mirova conducts full ESG analysis of the green bond issuer as well as analysis of financed projects, which aims to measure the environmental and social impact of each bond. Eligible green bond investments are then evaluated using traditional fundamental and credit analysis as well as security-specific analysis in seeking attractive relative value. It must invest at least 40 per cent of assets in securities domiciled outside of the US.
The fund is co-managed by Christopher Wigley and Marc Briand.
“At Mirova, we have nearly three decades of sustainable investing experience, familiarity with the Green Bond Principles and an in-house ESG research team which performs analysis on each issuer,” says Jens Peers, chief investment officer at Mirova. “The Mirova Global Green Bond Fund utilises these assets, as well as traditional and fundamental credit evaluation, to populate the portfolio, resulting in a comprehensive, high-conviction, global green bond strategy.”
The Mirova Global Green Bond Fund is one of the underlying funds in the new Natixis Sustainable Future target date fund offering. 

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