(September 2020)

ESG has been flourishing since COVID began. ESG and COVID era investing naturally align—at their core, both are about risk mitigation. However, the challenge is figuring out the best way to invest in ESG. The whole area is vague. There are many funds to choose from, but the way fund providers separate good companies from bad is complicated and often opaque. To this environment, enter a new fund from Vanguard, the Vanguard ESG U.S. Corporate Bond ETF. The fund covers the broad corporate bond space with an ESG lens, but does so with a very well-defined methodology. The fund is using an ESG index specially developed by MSCI and Bloomberg. The index uses a “exclusionary screening process” which filters out companies involved in various vice industries, gas, GMOs, oil, thermal coal, firearms, and anything nuclear-related.

(New York)


FINSUM + Magnifi: The weak definition and implementation of ESG principles is one of the factors that continues to plague the industry. A move towards transparent practices and well-defined tenets of ESG will be a positive for investors and the industry.


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