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ESG assets to hit $30tn within the next decade

Friday, December 03, 2021

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Assets in dedicated environmental, social, and governance (ESG) mutual funds, ETFs, institutional mandates, and private funds are on track to hit $30trn by the end of 2030, said a study.

According to a report from Broadridge Financial Solutions, asset managers stand to win up to $9 trillion of net new flows, with expanding opportunities through thematic strategies, climate transition and net-zero solutions, and investments offering measurable sustainability impacts.

Net flows into ESG mutual funds and ETFs have risen dramatically this year to $577 billion in the nine months through September 2021, far surpassing the full-year total of $355 billion for 2020.

The center of gravity in ESG investing continues to evolve from value and risk considerations towards sustainability impacts, putting greater demands on asset managers to show evidence of the results achieved.

"ESG strategies accounted for just 11% of overall mutual fund and ETF assets but captured 30% of inflows during the twelve months through September 2021," says Jag Alexeyev, Head of ESG Insights at Broadridge Financial Solutions.

Among actively managed strategies, ESG drove more than 100% of flows in local European funds and 62% of flows in cross-border European and International markets.

The EU's Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) has reshaped the business. In response to SFDR, firms identified more than 5,700 funds as Article 8 ESG or Artic......................

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