One of Sweden's best-selling funds is run by Norwegian ex-physicist: Fund manager's non-financial background could be the recipe

Henrik Wold Nilsen, a former researcher in experimental particle physics, is the man behind one of the best-selling funds in Sweden last year: an index-like global fund with a strong bet on climate change. Nilsen uses his background in the natural sciences to continuously be on top of climate change research, technology and politics.

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Five years ago, Henrik Wold Nilsen and his quant team started looking into the possibility of creating a fund that could embrace two strong global trends in investing: the growth of low-cost index funds and the growing demand for sustainable funds.

The four person team knew that it would require good programming skills to develop the final product, but it would also need to be grounded in a good understanding of natural sciences in order to be fully up to date on the climate change agenda. With his background in experimental particle physics research, the job of understanding the climate science fell to Nilsen.

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