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Directing capital flows in a manner that makes the world a better place starts with a clear understanding of long run social and environmental systemic risks . For us at Asteria Obviam, the transition to a low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive economy is inevitable. This transition presents investors with capital preservation and growth goals with both risks and opportunities at an asset class, sector, and geographic level. Critically it requires the ability to identify business and projects that contribute to positive social and environmental change while generating financial returns.
We are a pure-play Swiss impact investor dedicated to managing your investments in a manner that solves for risk, return and impact.
We do this through private and public capital investment solutions that are led and managed by experts and driven by state-of-the-art technology. In turn, our investors benefit from innovative impact investment solutions that make a difference.
Asteria Obviam is the result of two top Swiss impact asset managers coming together, offering an unparalleled track record in impact investment to build on the opportunities of tomorrow.
The opportunity of impact investment
The creation of a low carbon, socially inclusive and resource efficient economy, requires an urgent scaling up of capital flows to businesses that enable environmental and social transformation. Our approach to impact investing helps deliver this change by targeting measurable social, environmental, and financial returns.
Our systematic proprietary research and technology enable us to identify companies and projects that are already – or soon will be – making a positive difference. And while solutions need to be global, the impact is always local.
Our mission is to help investors transition their portfolios to align with green economy outcomes. We do this by focusing on viable medium to long-term impact investments across a wide variety of asset classes and markets. The companies we invest in directly aim at addressing pressing issues, including global pollution, climate change, food security and poverty, to actively improve people’s lives.
With the full commitment of our team of 30+ impact investment professionals, we can bring your sustainable impact investing goals to life.
Exceptional impact credential
Our team boasts over 15 years of combined impact investment experience managing private and public assets, across both developed and emerging markets.
Building on this expertise, we developed a highly robust investment process that places equal importance on investment performance and positive impact.
As a fully dedicated Swiss impact investment firm, we can offer focused impact investing strategies that cover a wide range of asset classes – from bonds and listed equities to private equity and private debt. We can also design solutions tailored to your exact needs.
No matter what your investment goals, risk profile or preferences may be, the team at Asteria Obviam will work tirelessly to identify the right impact investment solution for your portfolio.
By choosing Asteria Obviam as your investment manager, you can be confident that we will put your capital to work to make a difference and provide you with the potential of attractive returns on your assets.
Impact with returns
Impact investing does not have to mean compromise on return potential. This is why we manage impact products across a range of asset classes while incorporating both social and environmental impact targets.
By investing with us, you can support global progress on issues such as food security, poverty alleviation, pollution prevention, climate change and inequality reduction.
In our Equity strategies we only invest in companies whose activities make a positive impact and involve no negative exposures. This selection is possible thanks to our proprietary methodology that allows us to measure the impact contribution of the companies we invest in. For our Fixed Income investment solution, we diligently select high impact bonds based on their use of proceeds.
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Climate change & gender equality: A call to action
Author: Natacha Guerdat, Head of Research 31 March 2023 Mobilizing women will be necessary in order to mobilize climate solutions and foster a just transition. Why should we add a gender lens in climate investing decisions? Reaching gender equality and fighting climate change share a couple of unfortunate commonalities. They both affect vulnerable communities and
Opportunities in biodiversity investing
by Natacha Guerdat, Head of Research 21 March 2023 Wealth creation is highly dependent on a healthy ecosystem. Additionally, the goal of keeping temperature rise under 1.5 degrees is unlikely if biodiversity is not addressed. The topic of nature is moving up the investor agenda as awareness grows about the risks that biodiversity loss poses
Biodiversity data sourcing and measurement
by Natacha Guerdat, Head of Research 14 March 2023 In order to factor nature and biodiversity into business and financial decisions, we need frameworks to understand how our production practices should transition. The 15th United Nations Biodiversity Conference held in Montreal late December, saw the adoption of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) sending a
How to integrate biodiversity into your investment decisions?
by Natacha Guerdat, Head of Research 28 February 2023 Economic growth is driven by income generated by produced capital, human capital, and natural capital. We have made progress on understanding how to efficiently manage production processes, human resources but not natural capital. All economic activities depend more or less on ecosystem services, certain can cause
Impact credit insights
Deeper into inversion, preparing for a steepening Author: Luca Manera, CFA, Investment Manager Geneva, 27 February 2023 In 2022, the FED embarked on the fastest hiking cycle to battle soaring inflation as it peaked towards 10%. The persistence in core-CPI, the tightest labour market and record high wage growth has forced the FED to increase
Biodiversity-related targets: the next environmental challenge for business
Geneva, February 13th, 2023 Author: Dries Cornilly, CAIA, Investment Manager, Asteria Obviam It is human nature to overestimate one’s capabilities and underestimate the time required to finish a project. The difficulties only increase when complexity is added, rendering planning extremely fragile. Of the 20 targets set in 2010 by the UN’s Convention on Biological Diversity
What frameworks are in place to protect biodiversity?
by Natacha Guerdat, Head of Research 7 March 2023 At COP15, Mark Carney, the GFANZ co-chair, urged the private finance sector to ensure net-zero transition plan to include clear priorities on deforestation, nature protection and the restoration of biodiversity. In order to integrate such a plan, there needs to be clear understanding of what we
Asteria Obviam partnered with E4S to evaluate the biodiversity impact of their portfolio
Geneva, 2 February 2023 Asteria Obviam, a Geneva-based independent asset manager dedicated to social and environmental impact investing now measures the biodiversity impact of its liquid portfolios, having developed a Python tool based on the Biodiversity Footprint for Financial Institutions (BFFI) methodology with Entreprise for Society (E4S). Wildlife is disappearing worldwide, in the oceans, in the rivers,
Impact credit insights – Green Bonds market keeps on growing
Author: Luca Manera, Investment Manager, Asteria IM December 2022 Green Bond market keeps on growing The ICE Global Green Bond index has continued to grow larger and bigger despite the challenging market conditions and performance of 2022. Bond investors have faced multiple headwinds at the same time from soaring inflation, fast-increasing interest rates and wider
Impact credit insight – Return of the coupon
Author: Luca Manera, Investment Manager, Asteria IM Novembre 2022 The return of the coupon Fixed income investors have suffered for way too long. Coupon returns have eroded month after month over the past ten years as all-in bond yields continued to decline into negative territory, this is especially true for European bond investors. The notion