ESG ETFs, Smart Beta, and Fixed Income

The aim of this ESG ETFs, Smart Beta, and Fixed Income course is to provide an overview of the ways to implement an ESG approach beyond the scope of a traditional active equity fund.


This course is for individuals in Asset or Wealth Management designing, selling or supporting ESG products.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, participants can:

  • Be aware of the indices that underlie passive implementations of ESG
  • Describe the environment for passive and smart beta implementation of ESG
  • Be aware of ESG solutions for corporate debt and fixed income solutions

Course Content

  • Passive portfolio management and RTFs
  • ESG Indices
  • The role of the index in passive portfolio management
  • How key ESG indices compare to non-ESG equivalents
  • Thought experiment: What if the SPDR moved to ESG?
  • ESG ETFs and Smart Beta
  • Overview of the landscape for passive ESG
  • Overview of CBOE ESG Options
  • ESG and Fixed Income
  • Does ESG enhance creditworthiness? (referencing Devalle, Fiandrino & Cantino 2017)
  • Corporate Bonds – ESG and Credit Ratings
  • Sovereign debt and ESG (UNPRI)
  • Overview of landscape for ESG Fixed Income funds and ETFs


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