Tag: ESG

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Investment Product and Service Launches

DPL introduces new asset allocation option for RIAs; Vanguard expands target retirement lineup for youngest retirement investors; State Street Global Advisors enhances ESG portfolio construction; and more.

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An ESG Framework Here to Stay?

The DOL’s proposed rule on ESG investing supports broader use of green options in retirement plans and removes barriers put in place by the prior administration.

J.P. Morgan: Doing Well and Doing Good Are Compatible

Historically, investors tended to consider ESG factors either to increase risk-adjusted returns (doing well) or to achieve sustainable outcomes (doing good). A new analysis suggests there is no meaningful trade-off between the two when investing in public markets.

Op-Ed: ERISA Prudence Demands Healthy ESG Skepticism

Neal Shikes agrees that ESG factors can be an important part of institutional investors’ methodologies, but he also says retirement plan fiduciaries should be skeptical of some claims about what todays’ ESG investments can actually deliver when it comes to confronting climate change.

Could This Be a DOL ESG Framework That’s Here to Stay?

In addition to the important practical takeaways of the DOL’s proposed rule on ESG investing and proxy voting, sources say the potential impact and what the department is signaling with the proposal are enormous.
Art by Jackson Epstein

Investment Product and Service Launches

Victory Capital expands VictoryShares ETF offerings; RetireOne and Midland National launch portfolio retirement income guarantee solution; Transamerica broadens availability of stable value option; and more.

Art by Jackson Epstein

Investment Product and Service Launches

Vanguard to launch two active funds, reopen Wellington fund; As You Sow issues corporate 401(k) sustainability scorecard; MIM broadens investor access to public fixed income strategies; and more.

FINRA Project Examines How Regulators Can Support Diversity

Suggestions from the industry include eliminating the 180-day enforced waiting period triggered by a third failed ‘top off’ examination, involving community colleges in the licensing process and making remote services a permanent feature of FINRA’s testing approach, even after the COVID-19 pandemic ends.