ESG and Sustainability

The rise of ESG factors in investment decision making will have a dramatic impact on returns and opportunities in the 21st century. A recent survey by LGT Capital Partners and Mercer showed that 57% of respondents believe that incorporating ESG standards into investment decisions will raise returns. Just 9% argued they reduce returns on investment.

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ESG: Northern Trust and IdealRatings Tie Up to Offer ESG Analytics to Institutions

Northern Trust (NASDAQ: NTRS) will now provide institutional investors with added insights, analysis, and transparency into their ESG exposures. Northern Trust will combine its substantial database of global custody asset information with data from information services provider IdealRatings and issue the ESG Analytics Summary.

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ESG: Northern Trust and IdealRatings Tie Up to Offer ESG Analytics to Institutions
April 30, 2020

Northern Trust (NASDAQ: NTRS) will now provide institutional investors with added insights, analysis, and transparency into their ESG exposures. Northern Trust will combine its substantial database of global custody asset…

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ESG: Morningstar Announces Deal to Buy Sustainalytics to Boost ESG Support
April 23, 2020

Morningstar, (Nasdaq: MORN) announced an agreement to acquire Sustainalytics, a globally recognized leader in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) ratings and research. Morningstar currently owns an approximate 40% ownership stake in…

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ESG: Black Rock Raises Concerns About Sustainability Commitments
April 22, 2020

BlackRock will place greater emphasis on climate issues moving forward. The alternative assets manager worries that firms will stop prioritizing climate and sustainability issues in the face of COVID-19. A…

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ESG: Highly Rated ESG Bonds Have a Great First Quarter
April 20, 2020

A new report by MSCI said that bonds with higher ESG ratings outperformed the full bond market in Q1. The report suggests that highly rated ESG bonds can weather difficult…

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Liquid Alternatives: Moody’s Cracked the ESG Whip in a Third of its Rating Actions Last Year
April 15, 2020

Rating agency Moody’s is stepping up its assessment of companies’ performance on ESG counts. An analysis of Moody’s (NYSE: MCO) private sector rating actions last year revealed that ESG risks…

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Liquid Alternatives: How the Pandemic Could Affect ESG Investing (and ETFs)
April 6, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic throws up ESG in a new light. Far from spelling doom for ESG investing, the pandemic may have given it fresh, positive potential. An article by Marlene…

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Liquid Alternatives: Lyxor’s New Suite of Climate Change ETFs
March 31, 2020

French asset manager Lyxor is the first ETF manager to launch a suite of ETFs that focus on the objectives of the European Union’s Climate Transition Benchmarks. These benchmarks target…

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Artificial Intelligence: Using Home-specific Weather Data With AI to Boost Lithium Solar Batteries
March 30, 2020

The usage of solar batteries varies widely from home to home. That’s because each home is different – from the roof’s orientation and pitch to nearby trees that cast a…

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ESG: Older ESG Funds Are Beating New Ones in Performance
March 16, 2020

ESG investment funds with long track records are beating new competitors as the markets continue to unravel. Roughly 400 of the 2,800 ESG funds were in positive territory for the…

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ESG: Standard Life Makes Huge Pivot with 25 New Funds
March 13, 2020

Standard Life ESG investment will be a major trend in the year ahead. Standard Life Aberdeen has announced plans for 25 new funds centered around sustainability. According to Citywire, the…

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