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MainFirst enters ETFs with Article 9 strategy

CSE is an actively managed sustainable ETF

Tom Eckett

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MainFirst is the latest asset manager to enter the ETF market in Europe with the launch of an active strategy.

The CASE Invest Sustainable Future UCITS ETF (CSE) is listed on Deutsche Boerse with a total expense ratio (TER) of 0.75%.

CSE is an actively managed equity ETF that invests in companies contributing to the shift to a more sustainable and socially responsible world.

In particular, the ETF will offer exposure to companies across Europe, North America and Asia that are aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Overall, there are 17 SDGs that offer a blueprint for society to achieve a better and more sustainable future.

The ETF is classified as Article 9 under the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR).

The firm said in a statement: “We firmly believe that true sustainability is best achieved through active management, as there is no index that fully meets our strict sustainability standards. Therefore, it is essential for us to actively select and analyse each stock in depth.

“We believe that strong innovation and active engagement are key drivers of this transformation and that the companies that lead the way will gain a competitive advantage.”

MainFirst is a European asset manager that manages over €5bn assets under management (AUM) across a range of equity, fixed income and multi-asset funds.

Active ETFs have been a key area of focus for asset managers this year amid rising demand and an opportunity to differentiate from competitors.

Over the past 18 months, the likes of abrdn, AXA Investment Managers, Horizon Kinetics, Robeco and Investlinx have all entered the market with active ETFs.

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