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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UK Regulator: Fire Fund Managers Who Ignore Climate Change
November 6, 2019

Guy Opperman says we have settled science. Guy Opperman had some tough words for money managers who “ignore” climate change. The U.K. minister for pensions and financial inclusion said pension…

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Brown Advisory Launches Global Leaders Sustainable Fund
November 4, 2019

Brown Advisory has announced the launch of the Global Leaders Sustainable Fund under its Irish domiciled UCITS umbrella. The $76 billion company said that the new UCITS Fund adds environmental,…

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CPPIB to Buy Pattern Energy Group for $2.63 Billion
November 4, 2019

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) announced plans to buy Pattern Energy Group for $2.63 billion. CPPIB announced details of the deal for the renewable energy giant on Monday….

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UBS’ Walsh on ESG: ETFs Can’t Be Subject to A Standard ESG Definition
October 28, 2019

Andrew Walsh is head of passive and ETF specialist sales for UK and Ireland at UBS Asset Management. He gave a pertinent example of the difficulty of applying a standardized,…

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ESG ETF Inflows Increase in September
October 28, 2019

ETFGI, a global research firm, says the uptick in ESG assets continues to accelerate due to booming investor interest. Global environmental, social and governance assets in ETFs and ETPs have…

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Globally, ESG Derivatives Are Taking Off
October 22, 2019

ESG (environmental, social, and governance) based derivatives are ramping up volumes globally, raising expectations for innovative new products.

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Deutsche Bank Adds ESG ETF through DWS
October 21, 2019

Deutsche Bank has bolstered its “responsible” investment offerings through its asset management arm, DWS. The money manager will provide exposure to emerging markets with an ETF tied to environmental, social…

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French Pension Fund Dodges U.S. Treasury Market
October 15, 2019

ESG Concerns Shun the World’s Most Liquid Market A French pension fund and several other ESG funds are shunning the U.S. Treasury market. The funds found fault this week with…

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Climate Change Protests in London: Activists Glue Themselves to BlackRock’s Doors
October 14, 2019

Climate change activists took on the world’s biggest financial institutions today, specifically BlackRock and the Bank of England, in London. They demanded the cessation of funding of a looming environmental…

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Temasek Will Sit Out the Saudi Aramco IPO on Environmental Concerns
October 12, 2019

Singapore’s Temasek Holdings will not invest in Saudi Aramco’s mega-IPO, sources said, according to Bloomberg. Temasek, which focuses on sustainability and environmental, social and governance principles, will, therefore, be unable…

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