Topic: Investment Management

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ESG and Private Equity – Part 2

ESG is getting more private. No, we don’t mean that ESG topics are becoming secretive, quite the contrary! By “private” we mean “private markets.” Sustainable funds and sustainable investing (not one and the same, but that’s a different topic!) are becoming more common in the private equity (PE) arena.  This is notable for a few

November 30, 2022

Do Investment Funds Need an Ingredients Label?

Imagine going to the grocery store to shop for one person with food allergies, another person on a low-sodium diet, and someone who is pre-diabetic and has to stay away from added sugars. You would rely on the nutrition labels and lists of ingredients on the packaging to know what to buy. Now imagine that

October 13, 2022
Facts versus Opinion the Principles for Responsible Investment

Facts Versus Opinion: The Principles for Responsible Investment

One of our pet peeves is when someone states a derogatory opinion dressed up as a fact, and in doing so misleads others who are then likely to repeat the criticism to colleagues and friends, and then it snowballs. People who know the actual facts may try to dispute the opinion-stated-as-fact, but if the criticism

October 6, 2022
ESG and Private Equity

ESG and Private Equity Investing

According to the American Investment Council’s 2022 Public Pension Study, at the end of FY 2021 U.S. public pension plans held an average of 11% of their assets in private equity (PE), with 89% allocating at least some amount to the asset class.  Pensions & Investments reports the average allocation to private equity within college and

September 8, 2022
ESG in emerging markets

ESG in Emerging Markets – Applying a Suitable Lens

Consider the following scenario:  two people are striving to win the title of “Best in Category X”. One of them (we’ll call her Joanna, for no reason at all), comes from an upper-middle class family, went to good schools, received training from experts, and never had to worry about things like food, shelter, or being

August 25, 2022
Investors assessing ESG scores on a laptop

3 Rewarding Reasons To Consider ESG When Investing

Many retail and institutional investors often have a pressing concern when investing: how does ESG affect financial performance? Environmental and social accountability has increased in the past decade. There’s growing pressure on organizations to refrain from unethical practices. According to the US SIF Foundation’s Report on US Sustainable and Impact Investing Trends, one out of

August 14, 2022
Tracking ESG metrics

Steps To Improve Your ESG Performance

Environmental and sustainability accountability is growing rapidly, prompting organizations to adopt comprehensive ESG policies. A KPMG survey shows a 96 percent sustainability reporting rate for G250 companies – the world’s largest 250 companies – in 2020. This number is expected to increase in the coming years. Companies aren’t the only ones incorporating ESG. According to EY,

August 13, 2022

Screening, Best-In-Class, Best-In-Progress or Integrated?

If you want to bake a cake or fix a plumbing problem, you can easily find a recipe or instruction manual to tell you what to do, step-by-step. When it comes to investment strategies based on environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria, there is no recipe that tells investors and corporations, “add ¼ cup of

July 21, 2022

Do Asset Managers Call the Shots in Sustainable Investing

There has been a great deal in the news lately about greenwashing, proposed SEC regulations to combat it, and politically-motivated actions by some U.S. states to target so-called “woke capitalism” (on that last one, we believe those actions, and that phrase, reflect a fundamental misunderstanding of sustainable investing, but that’s another story). It’s hard to

July 5, 2022

ESG and Wealth Management – Taking Off or Stalled?

ESG investing has spread across institutional asset management, expanding beyond equities to include green corporate and municipal bonds and even private markets. At a minimum, asset managers are expected to measure the E, S and G risk characteristics of their strategies and around the world the bar is being raised in terms of regulatory disclosure

May 10, 2022
Sector Spotlight: Industrials & Healthcare

Can ESG Data Be Predictive of Total Returns?

CAN ESG DATA BE PREDICTIVE OF TOTAL RETURNS? As Environmental, Social and Governance data grows in popularity, many investors find themselves asking the question “is ESG data material?” Or “can ESG data be predictive of total returns?”. As an ESG data provider, OWL is asked those questions almost daily. To explore the first question, “is

February 10, 2020
ESG in Action

Identifying ESG Performance Risk

Identifying ESG Performance Risk Incorporating sustainability/ESG into asset management may be the most far-reaching change in the investment industry since Modern Portfolio Theory. The esteemed Business Roundtable has underscored the key role of sustainability by redefining a corporation’s purpose to include serving all stakeholders because “it is the only way to be successful over the

January 21, 2020

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