Positive outlook for infrastructure returns

Investors looking for exposure to growth assets with good defensive characteristics should consider an infrastructure fund. At least that is the view of one of Australia’s leading infrastructure fund managers. RARE Infrastructure’s Income Fund returned 23.6 per cent in 2019…

High ESG ratings a pointer to strong performance

Macquarie Securities has released its annual ESG Ratings Survey, confirming that ASX-listed companies with high ESG scores are outperformers. Since Macquarie started giving companies ESG ratings in 2011, high-scoring companies have outperformed low-scoring companies, with a relative outperformance of 4.2…

Managers out of touch with investors’ ethical preferences

Responsible investing has never been more popular in Australia and more consumers are seeking investment products that align with their values, but they are having trouble finding them. There is a big gap between exclusions applied by managers and what’s…

Measuring the impact of ethical investments

Ethical investing may provide solutions to environmental and other challenges, but investors are often in the dark when it comes to understanding the environmental impacts of their investments. One player is showing its investors the quantitative outcomes of their investments.…

No performance trade-off to invest ethically

There is a small performance gap in favour of environmental, social and governance (ESG) superannuation funds, according to new research. More Australians are aligning their superannuation options to sustainable values according to the latest research by Rainmaker Information. The research…

High ESG ratings a good performance indicator

Companies with high ESG ratings are delivering higher long-term risk-adjusted returns tan the market average, according to Macquarie Securities. Since Macquarie started giving companies ESG ratings in 2011, high-scoring companies have outperformed low-scoring companies, with a relative outperformance of 3.8…

A new approach to ethical investing

ETF provider VanEck is aiming for a best of breed approach to ethical investing, with a new listed fund. The VanEck Vectors MSCI International Sustainable Equity ETF will provide investors with exposure to a diversified portfolio of international companies meeting…

Investing ethically doesn’t hurt returns

The image many investors have of ethical investing is the use a negative screen – a list of “sin stocks”, such as tobacco, alcohol, gambling and firearms companies, that are excluded from a fund’s portfolio. While negative screens are still…