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"Forty-five percent of U.S. households prefer an environmental, social and governance (ESG) approach to investing… Among those between the ages of 30 and 39, this increases to 64%, and for those younger than 30, it is 67%."
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"The vast majority of Canadian investors are interested in responsible investments (RI) that incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, and they would be more likely to choose responsible investments if their financial advisor suggested suitable RI options for them."
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ESG Stock Resilience Is Paving the Way for a Surge in Popularity. "Most exchange-traded funds focused on companies with above-average marks for environmental, social and governance practices have outperformed this year, according to research from Bloomberg Intelligence. So far in 2020, 59% of U.S. ESG ETFs are doing better than the S&P 500 Index while 60% of European ESG ETFs have beat the MSCI Europe Index."

[COMMENTARY] More evidence of ESG outperfromance! This will likely mean that when the markets recover, ESG, ethical and sustainable companies, may well outperform on the upside.
ESG Stock Resilience Is Paving the Way for a Surge in Popularity, by Claire Ballentine, March 31, 2020, Bloomberg, USA.

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BIS: Reserve Management and Sustainability: The case for Green Bonds? "Central banks are playing an increasingly active role in promoting the move towards a sustainable global economy. One area in which they are thus involved is in guiding attempts to mobilise funds to contribute to the large-scale public sector investment required to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.

A key tool in this context is foreign exchange reserves, with green bonds being an increasingly popular investment choice among reserve managers."

[COMMENTARY] Central banks buying green bonds! This could be a major extra push for the growth of green bonds. It's another reason for ethical and sustainable investors to consider them. However, my only caution is that the debt markets in general, are already 'priced for perfection.' Can they really only go higher?
BIS: Reserve Management and Sustainability: The case for Green Bonds? by Ingo Fender, Mike McMorrow, Vahe Sahakyan and Omar Zulaica, March 30, 2020, BIS Working Papers #849, Switzerland.

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UBS Says Investors Should Prefer Green Bonds Over Regular Debt. "Sustainable bonds are a 'defensive opportunity' that credit investors should favor over non-green, investment-grade corporate notes, said UBS Global Wealth's head of credit, Thomas Wacker."

[COMMENTARY] For similar reasons as to why ESG equity funds are outperforming conventional funds, UBS says favour green bonds over their conventional counterparts.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-30/ubs-says-investors-should-prefer-green-bonds-over-regular-debt, by David Caleb Mutua, March 30, 2020, Bloomberg Green, USA.

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The ESG Fund Universe Is Rapidly Expanding. "Record flows, strong performance, and other takeaways from the 2019 Sustainable Funds U.S. Landscape Report."

[COMMENTARY] Jon Hale describes the situation for 2019 and early 2020. With the downdraft in the markets of the past two weeks, it remains to be seen how ESG funds perform going forward. However, early indications are that ESG funds are doing better than their non-ESG brethren.
The ESG Fund Universe Is Rapidly Expanding, by Jon Hale, March 19, 2020, Morningstar, USA.

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'FTSE companies urgently need to raise their game on CO2 reporting'. "Alexia Perversi and Andrew Jones of Mazars say a recent study by the auditing firm casts huge doubt on the credibility and utility of carbon disclosures in year-end reports."

[COMMENTARY] The researchers' main complaint is the non-standardized way the data is displayed as well as the data's utility to understanding how the data might affect a company's operations.
'FTSE companies urgently need to raise their game on CO2 reporting', by Alexia Perversi, March 18, 2020, Ethical Corporation, UK.

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Point of No Returns. "A ranking of 75 of the world's largest asset managers' approaches to responsible investment."

[COMMENTARY] Provides an insightful ranking. The five given an 'A' grade are RobecoSam, BNP Paribas Asset Management, Legal & General Investment Management, APG Asset Management, and Aviva Investors.
Point of No Returns, by ShareAction staff, March 2020, UK.

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ESG Study: How Institutional Investors Embrace Responsible Investing. "Franklin Templeton commissioned a comprehensive study across 21 markets, to see the extent of how responsible investing is incorporated into investment decisions. We highlight four themes to track the way asset owners are adopting responsible investing and ESG considerations over time."

[COMMENTARY] It's a really interesting read for all investors.
ESG Study: How Institutional Investors Embrace Responsible Investing, by Team of Franklin Templeton Investments, March 5, 2020, Advisor Perspectives, USA.

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Swiss bank report queries better returns for ESG investments. "ACCORDING to the latest study from Credit Suisse's in-house think tank the jury is still out on whether ESG and sustainable investing really outstrips traditional investment offerings.

Published by the Credit Suisse Research Institute, in collaboration with London Business School and Cambridge University professors, the 2020 edition of the Credit Suisse Global Investment Returns Yearbook features a dedicated chapter on ESG investing."

[COMMENTARY] It's hard to argue with the credibility of the researchers involved. It will take other prestigious individuals and entities to argue the case for ESG!
Swiss bank report queries better returns for ESG investments, by Tom King, March 2, 2020, The Asset ESG Forum, Asia.

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ESG Funds Might Soon Have to Prove to SEC They're Actually ESG. "The Securities and Exchange Commission wants to know whether money managers are engaging in false advertising by saying funds are devoted to doing good whe the reality is much murkier."

[COMMENTARY] I think the SEC is just trying to make ESG funds look bad so as to support carbon-intensive industries.
ESG Funds Might Soon Have to Prove to SEC They're Actually ESG, by Benjamin Bain, March 2, 2020, Bloomberg Green, USA. 

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