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Investment Management With an ESG Focus

Federated Hermes, formerly known as Federated Investors, is an American investment management firm with multinational operations. The company offers a diverse range of investment services, including active management in equities, fixed income, alternative and private market investments, multi-asset strategies, and liquidity management. The firm manages substantial assets for a varied clientele, including corporations, government entities, insurance companies, and foundations. It is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and its shares are listed on the NYSE.

Founded by High School Classmates

Federated Investors was founded in 1955 in Pittsburgh by two former High School Classmates, John F. Donahue and Richard B. Fisher, together with the help of legal counsel Thomas J. Donnelly, It began as a mutual fund company, primarily focusing on the management of money market funds and steadily growing.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Federated expanded its product offerings and grew its assets under management significantly. It started offering a wider range of mutual funds and began serving a broader client base, eventually going public in 1998. Following its IPO, the company continued to grow, both organically and through acquisitions in 2020, Federated Investors rebranded as Federated Hermes, Inc. This change followed the 2018 acquisition of a majority stake in Hermes Investment Management, a London-based investment management firm known for its focus on responsible investing.

The Financial Services

The company's primary focus is on managing investment funds and providing tailored investment solutions to meet the diverse needs of its clients. These services encompass various asset classes, including equity, fixed income, alternative investments, and multi-asset strategies. A significant aspect of Federated Hermes' offerings is its expertise in liquidity management, which is particularly beneficial for institutional clients and businesses in managing their cash flows and maintaining liquidity.

The firm caters to a broad spectrum of clients, from individual investors to large institutional clients like pension funds, endowments, and financial intermediaries. For individual investors, Federated Hermes offers mutual funds and managed accounts, while institutional clients benefit from customized portfolio management and advisory services. Some similar companies listed on public exchanges are Apollo Global Management, The Carlyle Group, and Franklin Resources.

A Strong Focus on ESG

Federated Hermes has a strong focus on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) principles, positioning these factors at the core of its investment philosophy. The company integrates ESG considerations into its investment analysis and decision-making processes across its entire portfolio. By doing so, Federated Hermes aims to identify companies that not only demonstrate financial potential but also show a commitment to responsible business practices.