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DWS adds to its ESG ETF range


DWS Group has launched the Xtrackers MSCI EAFE ESG Leaders Equity ETF (NYSE Arca: EASG), adding to its ESG ETF suite.

The firm writes that this new ETF will provide investors with further transparency into company performance beyond traditional financial analysis and will allow them to efficiently invest in high ESG rating companies located in developed markets outside the US and Canada.
Earlier this month, DWS Group announced it had launched the first ESG money market fund in the US – DWS ESG Liquidity Fund (ESGXX) – which invests in high-quality, short-term, US dollar-denominated money market instruments paying a fixed, variable or floating interest rate while also filtering for various ESG factors using DWS’s proprietary ESG Engine.
“More than one-quarter of assets under management globally are now being invested according to the premise that ESG factors can materially affect a company’s performance and market value,” says Fiona Bassett, Global Co-Head of Passive Asset Management and Global Co-Head of Products.
“Through our Xtrackers suite, our aim is to provide efficient access to international markets, asset classes or strategies that deliver new investment opportunities capitalizing on emerging trends. The ESG rating data incorporated in EASG could help investors better evaluate the risk and return potential of financial opportunities.”
“We are excited that DWS’s new ETF will be based on the MSCI EAFE ESG Leaders Index,” says Christine Berg, CFA, Managing Director and Head of ETF Client Coverage in North America. “More of the world’s investors are integrating ESG to manage the long-term risk and return drivers of their portfolios.”
EASG seeks investment results that correspond generally to the performance, before fees and expenses, of the MSCI EAFE ESG Leaders Index. The MSCI EAFE ESG Leaders Index provides exposure to companies with high ESG performance relative to their sector peers. The Index consists of large and mid-cap companies across developed markets countries around the world, excluding the US and Canada.

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