Finding that ESG niche

Bailey McCann wrote a piece for us from New York this week on ESG ETFs and their increasing use of impact investing to make a difference. She quoted new data from PwC which suggests that ESG-orientated AUM could cop USD33.9 trillion by 2026.

McCann reviewed Impact Shares and their partnership with Climate Vault, a carbon reduction and removal solution and Blue Horizon, a fund designed to be a one ticket solution for investors who want exposure to the new energy economy.

The previous week saw McCann also taking a look at new ETF from New York Life Investments which is supporting social impact funds from the American Heart Association.

The funds provide financial grants and low-interest loans for evidence-based, community-driven work in targeted communities nationwide. So far, the funds have invested in a total of 98 local social enterprises in 16 cities across the US.

Our other interview this week is with US fund giant, Schwab Asset Management, whose DJ Tierney, senior investment portfolio strategist, talked to us about the firm’s relatively late arrival at the ETF ball, with its first launch in 2009. “But we have had a pretty impressive 13 years since then,” Tierney says, growing to be the fifth largest provider in the US, and the third largest in terms of inflows.

Back to socially responsible investment: HANetf has its latest outing with Asset TV next week.

Register here to watch the panel discuss more socially responsible ways of investing in gold.

I won’t be there because the ETF Express team is coming to New York this week to celebrate the winners in our ETF Express US awards 2022. More on this next week.

Beverly Chandler, Managing Editor

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Companies in this issue

Asset TV
Harbor Capital Advisors
Impact Shares
New York Life Investments
Schwab Asset Management


D.J. Tierney, senior investment portfolio strategist at Schwab Asset Management, explains that he has a particular passion for bonds, having spent some 20 years in the bond market and has been witness to the growing acceptance of fixed income ETFs.
ESG has been a hot topic in recent weeks. Allegations of greenwashing are everywhere and there is an open debate about whether ESG ETFs really count. Despite these questions, investors seem to be sticking with the idea. New data from PwC suggests that ESG-orientated AUM could cop USD33.9 trillion by 2026.


A quiet week for global launches in the ETF world, with two outings from Invesco, one an expansion of QQQ into small cap stocks screened by high quality patents and the other a longer US treasury bond ETF.
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