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Next-generation ESG derivatives

The panel

  • Achim Karle, Vice-president, Equity and Index Sales, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Eurex
  • Holger Schlünzen, Institutional Trading, Delta 1, Optiver
  • Steffen Hörter, Head of ESG, Munich Re Investment Partners
  • Hamish Seegopaul, Managing Director, Product Research and Development Specialty Indexes, Qontigo
  • Moderator: Stella Farrington, Head of Content, Energy Risk

Amid increasing concern for the future of the planet, the demand for environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors has grown significantly. As such, global investors are looking for tools to support the development of sustainable portfolios. ESG derivatives are playing an important role in the transition towards a more sustainable economy and, although this market is still nascent, international derivatives exchange Eurex has been supporting the market move by expanding its range of ESG futures and options.

Most recently, the development of a common taxonomy and initiatives such as the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation have had a significant impact on the industry, encouraging ESG products to become a staple in financial markets – particularly the use of ESG-linked derivatives into portfolios. 

Key topics discussed: 

  • Building liquidity and a review of the latest liquidity research 
  • Managing portfolio risk 
  • Transparency, data and cost 
  • Challenges and opportunities for the future of ESG derivatives 
  • Index methodology design considerations.
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