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ESG Funds Expected to Underperform the Market in 2023
According to a Bloomberg News survey of terminal and Bloomberg.com readers, sixty-five percent of the respondents expect ESG funds to trail the broader market in 2023. Out of the 691 survey respondents, 264 expect ESG funds to “slightly underperform,” while 184 are predicting they’ll “significantly underperform.” Of those 691 respondents, 235 identified themselves as being directly involved in ESG investing, and of this group, a little more than half said they expect the funds to “slightly” or “significantly” underperform. Fionna Ross of Edinburgh-based fund manager Abrdn Plc told Bloomberg, “Given the challenges of 2022, there will be some recovery next year, but it will remain mixed” because of inflation and other overhanging economic hurdles." While data shows that the average equity fund adhering to ESG factors lost slightly less money this year than products that track traditional broader market indexes such as the S&P 500, ESG funds have outperformed over a longer period. According to researchers at Morningstar, about 56% of U.S. sustainable funds beat rival category groups in the three-year period that ended on Sept. 30th.
Finsum:Based on the results of a recent Bloomberg survey, 65% of respondents believe that ESG funds will underperform the broader market in 2023.
ESG rules news cycles
It seems that during the past couple of years, ESG news has downright owned news cycles, according to mediablog.prnewswire.com.
In the course of that period, certain trends have reared their heads. With that in mind, as Q3 grinds to a conclusion, it appears that companies are fine tuning their messaging in a trio of ways as reflected In press releases PR Newswire received this month.
- Avoiding the Appearance of Greenwashing
- More Frequent, Detailed Progress Updates
- Simplifying ESG
In time, it’s anticipated that there will be a further uptick in disclosures associated with the climate, according to indiacsr.in.
It will be associated with commitments internationally to, among other things, the EU’s proposed Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive and the International Sustainability Standards Board.
From around the globe, top five ESG updates are:
- Inflation Reduction Act – the most significant investment turned into law in the US
- Climate-related shock is a severe financial risk
- Allocation of the largest – ever corporate sustainability bond
- New renewable energy goals for the city of Chicago
- The world’s first 100% hydrogen-powered passenger train
JPMorgan to Offer ESG Analysis Tool
JPMorgan Chase has partnered with software firm Datamaran to create a data-analysis tool for clients to gauge the ESG risks facing portfolio companies and the ESG risks that these assets pose to the world around them. This is a concept known as double materiality. While the concept is already built into EU ESG regulations, this would be the first time it is used in the U.S. The new tool is called ESG Discovery. Jean Xavier Hecker, who is the Paris-based co-head of EMEA ESG research at JPMorgan and the designer of the tool, stated, “Double materiality is the only way to think about ESG in a way that is both forward-looking and comprehensive.” The tool, which is now available to JPMorgan clients, will use artificial intelligence to compile data from corporate disclosures, regulations, and online media. It is important to note that it won’t provide an ESG rating or score. Its focus is on unpacking individual ESG drivers.
Finsum:JPMorgan has partnered with software firm Datamaran to create a tool that uses artificial intelligence to evaluate ESG risks.
More FTSE 100 Companies Have ESG Committees
Based on research published by Mattison Public Relations in London, more than half of the companies in the FTSE 100 now have board-level ESG committees. The data was compiled by reviewing the latest annual reports from all 100 companies. While the overall percentage was 54% of FTSE 100 companies, the research showed that the percentage varied by industry. For instance, 100% of oil, gas, and mining companies had board-level ESG committees, while only 13% of the non-bank financial services sector had these committees. Companies in the non-bank financial services sector include insurers, asset managers, and retail investment platforms. Within the 54%, 56% were made up entirely of non-executive directors. This would allow those companies to add directors with ESG expertise to provide greater oversight of the companies' ESG performance.
Finsum:Based on recent research, 54 companies in the FTSE 100 now have board-level ESG committees to evaluate a company’s ESG performance.
How Regulation is Driving ESG Investment
ESG is taking over Europe and PWC is forecasting that ESG could make up €775.7bn to €1.2tn by 2025. That figure would make ESG 27-42% of Europe’s entire private financial market, for context it is about 15% currently. Driving that projection is the EU’s new sustainable finance disclosure regulations. Almost a third of the firms surveyed cited regulation as a primary force pushing their ESG investment. Sustainable investing in Europe is also seeing large growth in a public investments like pension funds. Finally, PwC said they see a new wave of private funds coming in the future rather than a re-rigging of existing financial funds to be more ESG friendly.
FINSUM: Public investment is a critical piece of Europe’s ESG investment, which is why it was very important when the U.S. opened the doors for public sustainability investment recently.