Why ESG (environment, social, and governance) investing is a megatrend no asset manager can ignore.
Sustainable investing is a nebulous, if not often disingenuous category, yet its skyrocketing growth is no less staggering. In 2018, 290 ESG-oriented open-ended and exchange-traded funds were launched globally. According to a report by the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance, at least $30.7 trillion is now held in sustainable or green investments, up 34% from 2016. “These money flows account for one-third of the tracked assets under management,” according to Bloomberg.
For years in these pages, we have dissected the implications of consolidation in the investment ecosystem. Wealth has consolidated: the world’s eight richest men now possess as much wealth as the poorest 50% of the global population. Sectors have ...
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