How Can You Invest Your Values?

March 6, 2022
How can you customize your portfolio in ways that align with your own personal values? ESG investing might help you achieve your goals beyond just risk and return.
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Is it possible for your portfolio to reflect your beliefs? ESG could be one way to help. ESG is an umbrella term to describe investing strategies that emphasize environmental, social, or governance factors, in addition to traditional measures of risk and return. Within this umbrella framework are strategies like SRI, or socially responsible investing; values-based investing; sustainable investing; and impact investing.

In this episode, Mark talks with Malik Sievers, head of ESG strategy for Schwab Asset Management. They discuss how to personalize your portfolio, the average performance of ESG funds, and how ESG funds may help make a difference in the world.

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Environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategies implemented by mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and separately managed accounts are currently subject to inconsistent industry definitions and standards for the measurement and evaluation of ESG factors; therefore, such factors may differ significantly across strategies. As a result, it may be difficult to compare ESG investment products. Further, some issuers may present their investment products as employing an ESG strategy, but may overstate or inconsistently apply ESG factors. An investment product's ESG strategy may significantly influence its performance. Because securities may be included or excluded based on ESG factors rather than other investment methodologies, the product's performance may differ (either higher or lower) from the overall market or comparable products that do not have ESG strategies. Environmental ("E") factors can include climate change, pollution, waste, and how an issuer protects and/or conserves natural resources. Social ("S") factors can include how an issuer manages its relationships with individuals, such as its employees, shareholders, and customers as well as its community. Governance ("G") factors can include how an issuer operates, such as its leadership composition, pay and incentive structures, internal controls, and the rights of equity and debt holders. Carefully review an investment product's prospectus or disclosure brochure to learn more about how it incorporates ESG factors into its investment strategy.

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