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Invesco braces for index battle as Nordic institutions turn to passive products

Ilmarinen, Pensam and Varma have recently allocated billions of euros into passive strategies with ESG credentials, and more institutional investors will follow in the years to come, according to an Invesco survey. But is a core index with minor tweaks and exclusions still enough to classify it as an ESG product? AMWatch went to an Invesco duo for answers.

(left-right) Invesco's Head of EMEA ETF Gary Buxton and Head of Nordic Sales Stefan Behring. | Photo: PR / INVESCO

Nordic pension funds such as Ilmarinen, Pensam and Varma are examples of institutional investors which in the past 12 months have allocated billions of euros into exchange-traded funds and other index strategies with a bespoke ESG overlay.

Like these three investors, more than half of institutional investors in Europe (55 percent) think the majority of their ESG investments will be held in passive products within the next five years, according to a recent survey by US asset manager Invesco.

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