Columbia Threadneedle's Simon Bond - Social Bond Impact Investing with Investment Grade Bonds & More (#014)
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Simon Bond is Executive Director of Responsible Investment Portfolio Management and until recently, was the portfolio manager of the Threadneedle UK Social Bond Fund and the Threadneedle (Lux) European Social Fund at Columbia Threadneedle Investments, the asset management arm of Ameriprise Financial, which has total assets under management of $593 billion (as of 30 June 2021). With over three and a half decades of experience in the fund management industry, Simon is a recognized specialist in corporate credit.
In this episode, we discuss Simon’s early career, starting as a desk assistant in the investment management department of Hambros Bank under Peter Hill-Wood, and how his enthusiasm and tendency to ask lots of questions led him to work in bonds. We hear how Simon discovered what he calls the soft side of finance, where investing could produce benefits for society. We learn how he conceived and launched the Threadneedle UK Social Bond Fund and the Threadneedle (Lux) European Social Fund, both of which invest in diversified portfolios of fixed income securities, with social impact criteria. Simon explains how his approach to portfolio management includes positive inclusion, evidence-based decision making, and engagement with management. We also talk about how he integrates social impact into everything he does (including his support of premiership football club Tottenham Hotspur!)
Simon is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and holds the Investment Management Certificate and the General Registered Representatives Certificate.
Show notes: https://sri360.com/podcast/simon-bond
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