Interview with Vincent Mortier and Highlights
VINCENT MORTIER, DEPUTY CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER
“We intend to achieve above market ESG* performance with all our investment solutions.” Vincent Mortier
How did financial markets fare in 2018?
Performance-wise, we have experienced the worst year since 2008. Almost all asset classes have been hit. This can be explained by the combination of three phenomena: monetary policies have entered a normalisation phase, global growth is decelerating, and anxietyprovoking political factors have appeared. As a result, market confidence has been somewhat lowered.
How did Amundi’s management strategies adapt to this new environment?
Our management strategies are fully operational. Our active management expertise – which brings together the skills of over 700 professionals worldwide – is ready to make the best of all the opportunities that will emerge in 2019. We will show our ability to create value, through securities picking as well as portfolio allocation, in less directional and more erratic markets.
For each of its funds, Amundi intends to achieve above market ESG performance. How will you do that?
ESG criteria have been at the heart of our investment processes since inception. So it is not about completely transforming the way our managers work. They already have access to the ratings of all the issuers our ESG analysts follow. We simply want to expand our benchmark. Today, we follow and rate 5,500 companies. By 2021, that number should grow to 8,000. We will then be able to give ESG ratings to all our funds, as well as to their index or benchmark. And we intend to achieve above market ESG performance with all our investment solutions.
Amundi world investment forum enjoys growing recognition
For eight years now, the Amundi World Investment Forum has been bringing together key players in the areas of economics and finance. In 2018, over 400 Amundi clients attended debates with such worldrenowned speakers as Janet L. Yellen, Joseph Stiglitz, Enrico Letta, or Professor Nouriel Roubini. The 2019 edition takes place in Paris, on June 13 and 14.
Amundi launches its first etfs on the mexican market
In 2018, Amundi kept developing its ETF solutions on a global scale, with the floating of 19 UCITS* ETFs on the Mexican stock exchange (BMV). In addition to exposure to equities, through the S&P 500, Euro Stoxx 50, CAC 40, DAX and Japan Topix indices, Amundi ETF also provides investors with exposure to the aggregate and dollardenominated corporate bond markets. Innovative exposures such as the Multi Smart Beta* strategy or dollar-denominated variable rate bonds are also available.
Amundi wins 2018 funds europe awards
In November in London, Amundi won three of Funds Europe’s main Asset Management Awards. Yves Perrier received the much coveted “Outstanding Achievement” award, as recognition of the key role he played in creating, developing and making Amundi one of the world’s top 10 asset managers. Pascal Blanqué received the “European Chief Investment Officer Award” in the asset management category, and Amundi ETF received the prize for best European ETF provider.