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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Liquid Alternatives: Lyxor’s New Suite of Climate Change ETFs

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 an immediate 30% reduction in carbon intensity and a 7% annual emission reduction trajectory.

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Vermont’s Green Mountain Power Divests from Fossil Fuels
October 1, 2019

Green Mountain Power announced that its pension fund will completely divest from fossil fuel companies. Last week, the company’s leadership finalized the reallocation of roughly $13.5 million of its $180…

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Interactive Investor Releases Ethical Buy List
September 30, 2019

The Ethical Buy List has arrived amongst a flurry of new ESG products sweeping the market.

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Invesco Report: Sovereign Funds Adopting ESG Standards Quickly
September 30, 2019

Sovereign investors are ramping up their environmental, social and governance (ESG) investments. A new study by Invesco shows that two-thirds of sovereign funds are considering these socially conscious investments.

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Goldman CEO David Solomon: Time for ESG Investing to Go Mainstream
September 26, 2019

Goldman CEO David Solomon said that financial institutions need to push ESG investing into the mainstream. During a talk at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum, Solomon encouraged advisers to ramp…

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Big-Name Institutional Investors Join Hands for Carbon-Neutral Portfolios by 2050
September 26, 2019

Announced at the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit in progress in New York, the Alliance will address climate change and low-carbon portfolios.

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New Law Requires California Pensions to Divest all Turkish Assets
September 21, 2019

New legislation bars California pensions funds from investing in Turkish assets. Turkish assets are now barred at California pensions. This is because of Turkey’s refusal to acknowledge responsibility for the…

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Responsible Investing in Commodities is Possible: OFI Asset Management
September 20, 2019

Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) objectives are not incompatible with commodity investing says an OFI portfolio manager. Certainly, ESG in commodities is possible through proactive asset management, according to Benjamin…

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University of California: “Fossil Fuel Assets a Financial Risk”
September 19, 2019

The University of California Pension and Endowment funds will divest all fossil fuel assets. That’s because fossil fuel and coal and oil sands posed a “long-term risk” to the University…

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Japanese ESG Investments Outperforming Benchmarks
September 18, 2019

Latest GPIF Report Shows that Sustainability Can Pay Off Japanese ESG investments are doing very well. The country’s $1.47 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) said today that four of…

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ESG investing using artificial intelligence
August 21, 2019

Data science and enormous computing power such as artificial intelligence are now able to provide new ESG insights to investment managers Unstructured, voluminous and incompatible data always presented a challenge…

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