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What is ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) Investing?

Something called Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Investing has blossomed in the past few years, as more and more consumers want to use their dollars to invest in companies that value sustainability and social progressiveness. What exactly does ESG entail? We explore the basics of ESG and pros and cons below.

ESG—what are the basics?

Also known as sustainable investing, socially responsible investing, mission-related investing or screening, ESG is the consideration of environmental, social and governance factors alongside financial factors in the investment decision-making process. ESG started in the 1970s when investors wanted to screen out “sin stocks,” which includes investments linked to tobacco, guns, gambling and alcohol. Today, ESG investing’s appeal is its focus on environmentally and socially responsible companies.

Breaking down environmental, social and governance investing:

What are the benefits of ESG investing?

ESG investing has a number of benefits including…

What are the disadvantages?

How do you get started with ESG investing?

  1. Educate yourself on the terminology and acronyms associated with the impact investing sphere. Once you have a basic understanding of the terminology used to discuss ESG investments, you’ll be able to evaluate your choices and figure out what makes sense to invest in.
  2. Enlist the help of a financial advisor or wealth manager- Let them know you’re interested in impact investing and ensuring that your portfolio aligns with your values. Your advisor will be able to identify options that work best with your risk tolerance.
  3. Utilize broad-based ESG strategies managed by those who specialize in identifying the most attractive opportunities within a rigorously applied ESG framework.

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Published on: 11.14.19

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