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.
According to a Crunchbase report, Black startup founders raised a record $1.8 billion of capital in the first six months of this year. That’s more than 4X the amount of $400 million of funding they landed in the same period in 2020. Again, compare that to the full-year tally of $1 billion and $1.4 billion for 2020 and 2019, respectively.
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RBC Global Asset Management has launched the RBC BlueBay Global Bond Fund. The company calls it “a globally diversified fixed-income fund designed as a core portfolio holding for U.S. investors.”
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 million fund.
The Ethical Buy List has arrived amongst a flurry of new ESG products sweeping the market.
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.
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 up conversations with clients about climate change and the associated exposure.
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.
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 Armenian Genocide. This tragedy claimed the lives of about 1.5 million Armenians a century ago. However, for funds and pensions, the new law brings to…
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 Louvet, commodities portfolio manager at OFI AM. How the twain shall meet One very simple method is to drop an offending sector or industry from…
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 of California’s portfolios. Two senior University officials revealed the divestment plans in an opinion piece Tuesday in the LA Times.
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 five ESG indices topped the Tokyo Stock Price Index (TOPIX) and market averages since April 2017. The GPIF has invested about $32.4 billion of its…
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 to investors and asset managers looking to make environmental, social and governance (ESG)-friendly investments. Artificial intelligence (AI) could change all that with its capacity to crunch vast amounts of data and throw Up new insights not available through other, traditional methods.
BlackRock is in the eye of a media storm for consistently not putting its money where its mouth is on climate change.
On the flip side, BlackRock’s iShares ESG MSCI USA Leaders ETF (SUSL) hoovered up $851 million when it launched last month. This fund invests in the best corporate citizens in the US as part of a responsible investing theme.
Alternative Capital Partners is an Italian asset management firm that focuses on alternatives and applies ESG principles to all underlying asset classes. They believe that fund returns can be improved by the additional thrust on ESG sustainability principles. At the same time, there will be a beneficial impact on the environment and the real Italian economy.