Trump’s Paris exit throws up problems for ESG bond managers
US president Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement may result in securities issued by the US government becoming ineligible for ESG investors, experts say. But ESG fund managers are reluctant to disengage.
Is large cap focus a problem for ESG trackers?
Passive ESG strategies tend to focus exclusively on large caps. This is a problem because they miss out on ESG opportunities in small cap companies that can only be exploited by active managers, according to Ryan Smith, head of ESG research at Kames Capital. Does he have a point?
European companies lead the way in ESG
Companies listed in the Eurozone score best on Environmental, Social and Governance criteria, according to Morningstar research, with Portugal getting the highest score. On the other end of the scale, two of the BRICS countries get the lowest marks.
Institutional investors hold 39% of assets in SRI
Some 39% of institutional assets in Europe are invested in sustainable mandates, according to a study commissioned by Union Investment, the German asset manager. The Nordics and the Netherlands are the frontrunners, while Germany and Italy are lagging behind.