ESG Funds: What are They and What Makes Them the Best Investment Options?
The availability of choices for high-rated, yet at the same time low cost investments is growing as more business entities now adhere to the principles of ESG. The acronym ESG stands for environmental, social and governance, which are principles that a type of mutual fund follows by choosing to invest only in businesses that adopt sustainable practices, create positive social impact and institute polices aimed at lessening its carbon footprint.
That being the case, corporate organizations that have proven track records for having positive impacts on environments and societies throughout the world, garner high ESG ratings. It should be clear that as investment options, they do not represent individual ESG-rated stock shares but are grouped together to comprise an ESG-graded mutual fund.
Why are ESG Mutual Funds Becoming More Popular in the World of Investing
While investing on a mutual fund is a more conservative option over investing on individual shares of stock, ESG mutual funds present better and at the same time less risky options. Mutual funds per se reduces the risks of losing money on a single business that has potential to fail amidst a volatile economic conditions.
ESG mutual funds raise the viability of pooled money investing as the portfolio on which money is invested have greater potential for thriving rather than failing, in light of their ESG-guided business policies and practices.
ESG Mutual Funds Benefit Not only Investors but Also the Global Community
Studies conducted by leading financial companies revealed that ESG funds have outperformed traditional funds, particular in terms of risk reduction.
A 2018 white paper published by the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing presented a comparative study between traditional and ESG mutual funds and their performance from 2004 to 2018. The study exhibited how the sustainability of ESG funds has kept the investment on the lower downside risks throughout the period when compared to traditional funds. The more significant revelation is that even newly formed ESG funds demonstrated resiliency and solid performance in times of both good and bad market conditions,
Jon Hale, the Director of Sustainability Research at Morningstar, an independent investment research firm said that even as the market sustained a significant decline in the past year, and while the market is still fluctuating, ESG funds still outperformed all other traditional investment funds.
In Scottsdale, Arizona, one of Mercer Advisors’ certified financial planner explained the phenomena of ESG funds. Placing investment money in ESG funds serves as motivation for the largest and most influential multinational corporations to carry on their business operations in ways that will benefit the global society. The results of the study gives light on the power of ordinary investors to spur meaningful changes on a large scale.
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