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Investors worldwide support ESG investing, but still want performance

May 16, 2019

Worldwide investor demand for environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing is strong, according to a survey conducted by Natixis Investment Management, with 76% of individual investors globally and 71% of U.S. investors saying it is...

Fidelity launches fund focused on female leadership

May 8, 2019

Fidelity Investments has started a mutual fund that invests in companies with a high percentage of women in leadership positions. The actively managed Women's Leadership Fund was launched on Wednesday, according to a statement from Boston-based...

Cost of passive ESG investments falling

April 25, 2019

Despite steady growth in assets and net flows into environmental, social and governance investing, many advisers still believe ESG funds underperform traditional products. But objective evidence shows differently, according to Jon Hale, head...

Finra reminds brokerages of a client's right to a straight answer

April 20, 2019

A regulatory notice issued earlier this month by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. told member firms that they must "communicate clearly, and without obfuscation," when the brokerage firms or its managers are asked questions by...

A digital twist on investing in rare collectibles

April 12, 2019

Investors often turn toward luxury collectibles like expensive cars and paintings as alternative investments. But owning physical assets doesn't always make sense, even for the ultra-wealthy. A car-loving billionaire, for instance, may be looking...

There are big benefits to investing in family-controlled businesses

April 12, 2019

Investing in family-controlled businesses requires a good amount of patience and a measure of faith, but the benefits are hard to ignore. Exactly what constitutes a family-controlled business varies, but a general definition is one in which...

Socially responsible investments reach $30.7 trillion

April 1, 2019

Global socially responsible investments grew by 34% to $30.7 trillion over the past two years, lifted by Japanese pension funds, retail investors everywhere and broad, growing concern about climate change. Europe remains the biggest region for...

Don't write off ESG investments out of habit — the demand is real

March 23, 2019

Opportunities in the financial services industry rarely look as inviting as the current market for investments focused on environmental, social and corporate governance factors. At around $12 trillion, which is up 38% from two years ago, ESG...

Giving advisers ESG insight so they can grow

March 20, 2019

Whether it's due to reports of heat waves or polar vortexes, or the realization that businesses that are good stewards of the earth also tend to be responsible with investors' capital, the demand for socially conscious investment products has...

ESG options scarce in 401(k) plans

March 16, 2019

By virtually any measure, the demand for socially conscious investment products has never been greater. Thanks in large part to support from women and young investors, investment strategies that focus on environmental, social and governance...

529 plans also miss the boat when it comes to ESG

March 16, 2019

If​ ever there was a market ripe for ESG investments, it would seem to be the 529 college savings program, which turns 20 this year. Even though most contributors to college savings plans are young parents who tend to be more conscious of...

ESG funds have never been cheaper as Vanguard sets off fee war

March 15, 2019

The price war has come to socially conscious investing. BlackRock Inc., Vanguard Group and Deutsche Bank's DWS Group have slashed fees for exchange-traded funds that track companies performing well on environmental, social and governance criteria....

Lipper plans ESG scoring system for mutual funds

March 12, 2019

In the latest acknowledgment by the financial services industry of a more socially conscious investor universe, Lipper plans to roll out a system for grading mutual funds based on social, environmental and corporate governance parameters. The...

Vanguard plans its first actively managed ESG fund

March 7, 2019

Vanguard has created its first actively managed environmental, social and governance fund, which will be added to its current ESG offerings. The Vanguard Global ESG Select Stock Fund will be managed by Wellington Management Co. and is expected...

The death of the fund — and what comes next

January 28, 2019

Mutual funds and ETFs are dead. In the next few years, the entire rationale for investing via funds will dissolve. Advances in technology have transformed industry cost structures. Absent the need to pool assets for volume discounts, advisers...

Advisers not sold on ESG fund strategies

January 25, 2019

Even a boom in exchange-traded funds touting their environmental, social and governance credentials isn't enough to convince investors to buy these strategies. A new report from Cerulli Associates, a Boston-based research and consulting company,...

How we fight climate change matters

December 13, 2018

Sustainable and impact investors are set to intensify their decades-long support for action on climate change on the heels of a recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Fourth National Climate Assessment, issued...

Female advisers more likely to consider ESG investing strategies

November 19, 2018

A recent study conducted by InvestmentNews Research and sponsored by Calvert Research and Management measured financial advisers' perceptions of environmental, social and corporate governance investing. Among other trends, the study, "From Upstream...

Money in donor-advised funds can make impact before distribution

November 15, 2018

Charitable investors who set up donor-advised funds to ultimately give the proceeds to specific issues, like gender-based causes or environmental protection, may be surprised to find their money sitting in the fund actually works against their...

Use of sustainable-investing strategies in U.S. assets increases 38%

October 31, 2018

More than a quarter of U.S. assets under professional management used sustainable-investing strategies as of the beginning of 2018, a 38% increase from two years earlier, according to a new report. Sustainable, responsible or impact-investments...

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