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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ESG: A Global Transition to 100% Renewable Energy Costs $73T; Payback 7 Years
December 27, 2019

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
December 4, 2019

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
December 4, 2019

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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Carbon Credit Generator EcoSecurities Back in Pioneer Moura Costa’s Fold
November 28, 2019

JP Morgan acquired EcoSecurities in 2009 for $220 million but sold it in 2013 to Mercuria, the global energy, and commodity group. According to a Reuters report, Mercuria has now…

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