Responsible, sustainable investment is a young field. Motives, perceptions, definitions and regulations are constantly changing. Just a few years ago, a lot was driven by idealism. In time, investors realised that it might very well have financial benefits as well. It turned out, though, that everyone involved had wildly differing perceptions of what it really meant – and thus began the work of standardising concepts and criteria, both in the financial industry and in public auhorities.
Going into 2020, financial markets were characterised by restrained optimism, as rate cuts in the preceding year had triggered a bull market in stocks and tightening credit spreads. Then came WHO and declared a global health crisis.
A year of unprecedented declines and record rises provided some very useful lessons in investing. Read Finn Øystein Bergh's annual review.
Pareto Asset Management is an independent fund manager, with operations dating back to 1995. The company is part of the Pareto group, headquartered in Oslo, with branches in Stockholm and Frankfurt.
We believe that responsible investments are important for achieving the best possible risk-adjusted return for our unitholders and clients, and shall exercise active ownership in the portfolio companies in order to promote responsible business operations.