Tag: ESG

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Investment Product and Service Launches

Buffalo Funds introduces institutional class shares; Nuveen adds to Diversified Dividend and Income Fund team; and State Street Global Advisors launches ESG money market fund. 

Art by Jackson Epstein

Investment Product and Service Launches

American Century Investments to develop new equity and fixed income suite; HealthSavings Administrators releases HSA investment vehicle; DWS Group launches ESG ETF; and more.

Lack of Track Records Hinder ESG Investing

Additional conclusive information about environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment performance may help retirement plan sponsors be less wary about making ESG investment decisions.

Barry’s Pickings: DOL’s Fiduciary Theory: Fundamentally Incoherent

Michael Barry, president of O3 Plan Advisory Services LLC, discusses the inconsistencies in the Department of Labor’s (DOL)’s theory of retirement plan sponsor fiduciary responsibility, especially with respect to participant choice, and the consequences of its failure to provide clear guidance.

Providers Look to End the ESG Performance Debate

According to Mike Hunstad at NTAM, it may take some time for the retirement industry in the U.S. to fully embrace ESG as a positive-performance factor, but he says it’s already a best practice to think about ESG from a risk-management perspective.

Mission-Based Employer Embraces ESG TDFs, In-Plan Income

UWC-USA makes all of its decisions and policies with its broader mission in mind; based on a commitment to education, sustainability and global thinking, the school has embraced an ESG target-date fund, as well as in-plan guaranteed income.

ESG Access Among Active Management Opportunities in 2019

Asked about what Putnam has seen develop this year in terms of environmental, social and governance investing programs, and about how “ESG” fits into the discussion of active and passive management, Putnam Investments CEO Bob Reynolds had a lot to say.

Investment Product and Service Launches

BlackRock Launches Multiple ESG Funds and Tools; Fingage Managed Account Solution Added to LT Trust Recordkeeping Platform; Franklin Templeton Acquisition Expands Alternatives and Fixed Income Offerings; and more.

U.S. Demand Grows for ‘Safe ESG’ via Fixed-Income Vehicles

There is still not very much discussion in the U.S. about fixed-income investments pursuing ESG themes, according to BlueBay Asset Management’s My-Linh Ngo, but there are some compelling opportunities out there that institutional investors should consider.