Manulife Financial Corporation’s global wealth and asset management segment Manulife Investment Management announced today the launch of the MGF Sustainable Asia Bond Fund in Europe.

The fund aims to take advantage of the ongoing global trends in sustainable and responsible investing, offering investors with exposure to Asian fixed income securities with superior sustainability attributes. According to Manulife, the region is undergoing an important sustainability evolution that it believes will lead to compelling investment opportunities in fixed income, as investors more aware and accepting of the competitive financial returns that can be generated alongside social and environmental progress and embrace international sustainability standards.

Endre Pedersen, Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Global Fixed Income, and CIO, Fixed Income, Asia ex-Japan, Manulife Investment Management said:

“Sustainable and responsible investing is fast becoming one of the most important investment criteria globally, and as one of the largest fixed income house in Asia, and a global leader in ESG integration, we believe we’re well-positioned to capture the growth potential of both Asia and ESG and deliver it to our clients.”

Andrew G. Arnott, Head of Wealth and Asset Management, Manulife Investment Management, United States and Europe added:

“We are excited to launch a fund that combines two of our strongest capabilities for clients who have interest in Asia and ESG integration in fixed income.”

The fund is led by Murray Collis, Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Fixed Income, Asia ex-Japan, and supported by the management team of Endre Pedersen, Alvin Ong, Jimond Wong and Neal Capecci.