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Big Call: ESG Investors Forum

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Environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing has exploded in recent years amid increasing regulatory pressure and a more socially-conscious investor set. Highlighting this, assets in sustainable investments have surged 34% since 2016 to over $30trn, according to the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA).

ESG ETFs have become a major focus for investors and issuers have responded by launching a slew of products. However, a lack of consistent data and a whole host of different ESG screens makes selecting the right ETF a tricky task. This event will explore the issues currently facing investors and the factors that will continue to drive the green revolution.


WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

This half day event is complimentary and exclusively aimed at:

Multi-managers
DFMs
Pension funds / Endowments
Multi-family offices
Private banks
Insurance companies
Private client wealth managers
Portfolio managers and strategists

Participation is subject to approval by ETF Stream.


Please keep an eye out for our updated agenda. In the meantime, here are some of the topics covered in 2019's ESG Investors forum:


8:55 Defining the E, S and G: Which holds most weight?

Defining environmental, social and governance (ESG) still remains a big issue for market participants. There is a proliferation of different approaches currently available on the market making it a tricky task for investors looking to gain exposure to the factors. This session will explore the definition issues that investors currently face and take a deep dive into how important the E, the S and the G really is when incorporating ESG products in your portfolio.


9:35 Is virtue its own reward? How possible is it to do good and enhance returns?

In recent years, a phenomenon has been developed by asset managers and index providers, who claim you can do good while not giving up any performance. This is especially tricky when products have a negative screening. There are strong arguments on both sides and while the past 10 years have seen ESG ETFs keep up with their parent indices, is this performance simply driven by market forces?


10:55 ESG indices: How are they constructed and what makes each different?

Battle lines have been drawn by index providers in the ESG space. The area remains relatively new with no one is yet to really dominate the space. Index construction remains crucial as this is where the different providers can place their own stamp on the relative importance of each of the factors. This session will take a look how they do this and what more can be done to develop the ever evolving ESG index universe.


11:35 Demand problem? Who is buying ESG funds?

With assets in sustainable investing growing 34% to $30trn in 2018 over the past two years, there is no doubt ESG is on rise, however, which investor groups are actually buying the products? Evidently, pension funds from across Europe, especially throughout Scandinavia, have been leading the charge over the past decade but are there others asset managers should be taking notice of as well?


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