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 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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LGPS Launches Climate Change Strategy
October 10, 2019

LGPS Central has announced the launch of a multi-factor equity fund. The manager of pooled assets from nine British public sector pension funds say that climate change sits at the…

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Pepsi Issues Its First ‘Green Bonds;’ These Align With UN Sustainable Development Goals
October 10, 2019

Pepsi issued $1 billion in senior notes due 2049, at a coupon of 2.875%, payable semiannually. This new debt offering is the first of Pepsi’s green bonds. Pepsi will use…

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MUFG First in Japan to Issue Aussie Dollar-Denominated Green Bonds
October 9, 2019

MUFG’s green bonds amounting AU$500 million (US$337 million) were oversubscribed twice over. Australian institutional investors purchased most of the flotation. MUFG issued this latest tranche of its green bonds in…

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An ETF To Take Advantage Of “One Of The Largest Infrastructure Build-Outs In History”
October 8, 2019

According to Goldman Sachs, cities will be on the frontlines of climate adaptation. Urban adaptation will have to follow. The FlexShares STOXX Global Broad Infrastructure Index Fund (NYSEArca: NFRA) is…

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