State Street Debuts 2 Paris-Aligned ETFs

One is a reorganization of ‘LOWC,’ the other a fresh fund.

Reviewed by: Dan Mika
Edited by: Dan Mika

State Street introduced two funds to the market Friday with the “Paris-Aligned” moniker, one a brand new fund and the other a reorganization of a $134 million ETF. 

The SPDR MSCI ACWI Climate Paris Aligned ETF (NZAC) and the SPDR MSCI USA Climate Paris Aligned ETF (NZUS) debuted on the Nasdaq with respective expense ratios of 0.12% and 0.10%. 

NZAC is the successor to the SPDR MSCI ACWI Low Carbon Target ETF (LOWC), which dropped the NYSE Arca as its primary listing exchange earlier this week. As LOWC, the fund tracked the MSCI ACWI Low Carbon Target Index and distantly trailed the $1.16 billion in assets accumulated by the iShares MSCI ACWI Low Carbon Target ETF (CRBN) despite both funds charging the same 20 basis points in expenses. 

NZAC now follows the MSCI ACWI Climate Paris Aligned Index, which selects developed and emerging market companies that have half of the total emissions from direct and indirect business activity, and a 10% annual reduction in emission intensity compared to the nonadjusted MSCI ACWI Index. 

NZUS’ index follows the same rationale for its index, which uses large and midcap companies in the U.S. as its investable universe. It’s taking on the iShares Paris-Aligned Climate MSCI USA ETF (PABU), which has $618 million in assets since launching in February and that follows the same index. 

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