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: Graham Clapp Says ESG-Focus is Creating a New Bubble

RWC Partners fund manager Graham Clapp warned that sustainable investing trends are poised to form a possible bubble in the markets. He compared it to the tech boom of the 1990s. “You can liken it to the tech bubble where people wanted to have exposure to the new economy stocks, so a lot of money poured into certain kind of business models and valuations were pumped up and incredibly stretched. When such large influxes occur – as we’re currently seeing with ESG – then supply and demand mean the price is going to change,’ Clapp said.

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ESG: The SEC’s Scrutiny of ESG Investing Could Be a Blessing, Say Advisers
January 7, 2020

According to the Wall Street Journal, regulators are questioning the methodologies and criteria for the selection of companies by funds that tout ESG portfolios. ESG is an acronym for environmental-social-and…

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ESG: A Global Transition to 100% Renewable Energy Costs $73T; Payback 7 Years
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A group of researchers at Stanford University, led by Mark Jacobson, has prepared detailed roadmaps for 143 countries that account for 99.7 percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions. These…

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Alternative Investments: PIMCO’s New ESG-Focused ETF
December 24, 2019

Bond giant PIMCO has launched RAFE, a smart beta ESG ETF. Here’s another environment-social-governance (ESG) focused ETF from PIMCO, the leading fixed-income fund house. Offered in collaboration with Research Affiliates,…

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ESG & Sustainability: US Companies Bled $500 Billion From ESG Scandals
December 16, 2019

The Bank of America analyzed 24 scandals relating to accounting, data breaches, sexual harassment, and other ESG issues concerning companies in the S&P 500 index. It found that over the…

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Top-Flight Investors Back VC Firm Emphasising Diversity
December 11, 2019

A slew of high-profile investors backed Ada Ventures with $34 million. Ada Ventures will use the money to venture-finance UK-based tech entrepreneurs from under-represented groups. Ada Ventures’ backers included TransferWise…

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High Net Worth Investors in the U.S. (and Their Next-Gen) Reach for ESG
December 5, 2019

A report by Cerulli Associates says wealthy American investors, as well as their next-gen successors, are considering ESG investing. High net worth (HNW) investors in the US are increasingly gravitating…

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“Activist Wolf Packs” Could Close in on European ESG Laggards
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The A&M Activist Alert is an analysis and predictor of shareholder activism in Europe. A&M used ESG ratings by Refinitiv of 1,300 European companies to segregate them into a ranking…

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Japan’s Mammoth Pension Fund Will No Longer Lend Shares to Short Sellers
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Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) feels a pang of ESG conscience and bans lending its foreign holdings to bears. The GPIF fund will lose a small but lucrative stream…

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World Bank Re-Enters The Danish Green Bond Market; Six Nordic Funds Invest
December 3, 2019

World Bank issued its debut green bonds in Denmark in 1997, the first and longest maturity green bond issued in that market. After a hiatus of 22 years, the World…

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Christopher Hohn: Activist Manager, Climate Warrior
December 3, 2019

Sir Christopher Hohn, the head of activist fund TCI, has demanded the companies improve their pollution disclosures. Those boards that fail to meet his demands will not receive his vote….

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