Sustainable index funds provide solid return for university fund

CIO of University of Helsinki Anders Ekholm is not sure exactly how his fund will reach carbon neutrality by 2030, but expects global changes to help. "We do not need to meet our goal in the world as it is today, but in the world of the future," he says.

Helsinki University Main Library. | Photo: University of Helsinki: Mika Huisman.

The portfolio managed by the University of Helsinki pulled in a particularly healthy return of 16 percent over the first half of 2021.

The strong performance was boosted by a positive trend in the global stock markets and, in particular, by the sale of the unlisted molecular diagnostics company Mobidiag to a US investor, says the EUR 600m fund's Chief Investment Officer Anders Ekholm.

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