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Wednesday, July 14th, 2021
A biweekly topical newsletter from PLANADVISER
Greetings PLANADVISER readers! Among the most persistently popular topics we cover on is the rise of environmental, social and governance (ESG) themed investing within retirement plans and by institutional investors. Collected below is our latest coverage and analysis of this important and evolving topic. We hope you share some of what you read with a client or colleague.
Why It’s Hard to Build ESG Consensus
A big part of the challenge is that everyone’s view of exactly what constitutes social and environmental responsibility is different.
ESG and Fixed Income—a Natural Fit
Both quantitative and qualitative research suggest bonds issued by companies with favorable environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings can offer downside mitigation during periods of market turbulence.
SEC Seeks Public Input on Climate Change Disclosures
The commission aims to determine if the current disclosures adequately inform investors.
SEC Consolidates Climate, ESG Information
A new webpage brings together all the agency’s actions and information as a response to increased investor demand for climate and ESG investing.
Climate Change and ESG
The news drives interest in ESG, but the change to widespread adoption is slow
GAO Studied Retirement Plan Climate Change Risk Assessments
The agency recommended that the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB) evaluate the risk of climate change on the Federal Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)'s investment offerings.
The Best Case for ESG Under ERISA Is Long-Term
According to Michael Hunstad, head of quantitative strategies at NTAM, it is undeniable in 2019 that ESG issues are material to financial performance; more debatable is the best way to leverage ESG themes in institutional portfolios.
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