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Fund Managers With $935 Billion See ESG-Fueled Custom Index Boom

An industry survey indicates that 70% of global pension funds and institutions expect demand for tailored portfolios to increase strongly.

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Bespoke investment strategies are gaining favor among big institutions as they scramble to offer clients more choice amid the ESG investing boom.

A survey of firms that oversee $935 billion showed 70% of global pension funds and institutions believe demand for custom portfolios is set to increase strongly. Two-thirds of respondents in the poll by technology provider SigTech -- a spin-out from hedge fund Brevan Howard -- reckon it’s poised to be “one of the biggest growth areas in asset management.”