Stockholm-based hedge fund boss says clients balk at ESG risks

A Swedish hedge-fund manager says his clients are reluctant to throw their money into sustainable investing strategies due to the lack of transparency around the financial risks they face.

Serge Houles, managing director and chief client officer at Stockholm-based IPM, says there’s not enough information about the impact on returns of switching to investments based on environmental, social and governance goals.

"The trade-off between risk, alpha and ESG is still not well understood, for instance, in the case of long-short portfolios," Houles said in an emailed comment.

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