IndexIQ Launches Two ESG ETFs in Partnership with CANDRIAM

Funds will incorporate CANDRIAM’s industry-leading ESG research and data for the first time in cost-effective ETF wrapper

New York, December 17, 2019IndexIQ, a New York Life Investments company and a leading provider of innovative investment solutions, today announced the launch of two new ETFs – the IQ Candriam ESG US Equity ETF (Ticker: IQSU | Management Fees: 9 bps) and the IQ Candriam ESG International Equity ETF (Ticker: IQSI | Management Fees: 15 bps). The ETFs track indexes which offer broad market exposure to large- and medium-cap companies that satisfy environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria developed by CANDRIAM , a fellow New York Life Investments boutique, and global multi-specialist asset manager with over 20 years of expertise in sustainable investing. 

CANDRIAM, which stands for Conviction and Responsibility in Asset Management, has pioneered an award-winning approach to sustainable investing since its inception, launching its first sustainable investing funds in 1996 and becoming an early signatory of the U.N. Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in 2006. CANDRIAM’s proprietary ESG evaluation process includes a dedicated ESG research team, which reviews companies on environmental, social and governance considerations, either in absolute terms or relative to their peers in each sector, focusing on the most material ESG factors. This research is supported by a team that engages with companies as part of collective initiatives or individually, with the aim to improve corporate disclosure on ESG topics or foster better corporate practices on ESG matters. Using the research as a key input, CANDRIAM applies sustainable investing criteria across the firm.

“As U.S. investors become increasingly interested in sustainable investing, high-quality ESG strategies with the potential to generate alpha are at a premium,” said David Czupryna, Head of ESG Client Portfolio Management at CANDRIAM. “We are excited to expand our existing partnership with IndexIQ with IQSU and IQSI, which incorporate CANDRIAM’s award-winning ESG criteria to meet the needs of American investors.”

The new funds track the two IndexIQ indexes: IQ Candriam ESG US Equity Index and the IQ Candriam ESG International Equity Index.

"We are thrilled to incorporate CANDRIAM’s ESG criteria in our U.S. ETFs for the first time," added Sal Bruno, Chief Investment Officer at IndexIQ. “Partnering with CANDRIAM enables us to provide core ESG products that leverage their award-winning ESG research and data while offering broad market exposure, without forgoing any sectors, in a cost-effective and tax-sensitive way. We believe this diversification as well as the competitive fee levels will be valuable to our clients, allowing us to meet their return objectives while offering investment strategies that align with their values.”

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CANDRIAM is a global multi-specialist asset manager and a recognized pioneer in sustainable investing. CANDRIAM manages about $143 billion of assets under supervision as of the end of June 2019 with a team of more than 500 professionals. It operates management offices in Luxembourg, Brussels, Paris, and London, and has client representatives in more than 20 countries throughout continental Europe, the United Kingdom, the United States and the Middle East. CANDRIAM offers innovative and diversified investment solutions in bonds, equities, absolute performance strategies and asset allocation.

CANDRIAM is a New York Life Company. New York Life Investments ranks among the world's largest asset managers.

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IndexIQ, a New York Life Investments company, is a provider of exchange-traded funds (ETFs), with a decade of offering highly differentiated and innovative solutions to retail and institutional investors. With $3.6 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2019, IndexIQ leverages the asset management capabilities of New York Life Investments’ multi-boutique platform into its suite of offerings which include: fixed income, equities, alternatives and specialty asset classes.

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