Make Sustainability Part of Your Investing Goal This 2021

Posted On Wednesday, Jan 13, 2021


2020 was a year of unpredictability – many lives and jobs were lost during the Covid-19 pandemic and the national lockdowns that followed. Along with taking care of our physical and mental health, 2020 taught us about the importance of taking care of our financial health.

Resurgence of a second wave of Covid cases and rising inflation are key risks that could stall an economic recovery. Elevated valuations also mean returns expectation need to be moderated and downside risks are now higher.

While the markets are currently at an all-time high, market timing usually does more harm than good, consider another option: make sustainability as part of your investing goal this 2021.

How has ESG investing evolved?

From the lessons we learnt last year, investors are fast evolving to make ESG factors (Environment, Social and Governance) a part of their portfolio. It is important to not only factor in diversification in equities but also invest in sustainable companies that can meet and exceed the ESG benchmarks.

ESG has outperformed the Equity Index

ESG index has not only outperformed the Equity index over the period, but it has also protected downside risk better as represented in the chart as depicted below:

Data Source: MSCI Indexes supplied by MSCI Inc, and MSCI ESG Indexes supplied by MSCI ESG Research Inc, a subsidiary of MSCI Inc.

Past performance may or may not sustain in future

Deloitte Center for Financial Services (DCFS) expect ESG-mandated assets to comprise half of all professionally managed investments in the United States by 2025. In this scenario, ESG assets in the US is likely continue to grow at a 16% CAGR, totalling almost $35 trillion by 2025.

We believe that the scope for ESG investing and consequent alpha generation is even bigger in emerging markets like India.

What can you do

As we wrote to you about the importance of asset allocation, we also highlight the key aspects you need and taking care of the financial health of your portfolio:

1. Set short term and long term investment goals. Make sure the goals set are S.M.A.R.T (Specific & Sustainable, Measurable, Adjustable, Realistic and Time-bound).

2. Diversify your equity portfolio using the evolving ESG criteria and allocate 10% to ESG investing**.

3. Stagger your investments through an SIP with a long term horizon to plan for retirement and your personal financial goals.

4. Review the investment portfolio, so that you are on track to accomplish the envisioned goals.

Take a look at how Quantum banks on its own proprietary research which has evolved over the last 5 years going through our own learning curve in the ESG space.

Start your commitment towards sustainability this 2021.

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Quantum Long Term Equity Value Fund

An Open Ended Equity Scheme following a Value Investment Strategy
• Long term capital appreciation

• Invests primarily in equity and equity related securities of companies in S&P BSE 200 index

Quantum Gold Fund
Investors understand that their principal will be at Very High Risk
Quantum Tax Saving Fund

An Open Ended Equity Linked Saving Scheme with a Statutory Lock in of 3 years and Tax Benefit
• Long term capital appreciation

• Invests primarily in equity and equity related securities of companies in S&P BSE 200 index and to save tax u/s 80 C of the Income Tax Act. Investments in this product are subject to lock in period of 3 years
Quantum Equity Fund of Funds

An Open Ended Fund of Funds scheme Investing in Open Ended Diversified Equity Schemes of Mutual Funds
• Long term capital appreciation

• Investments in portfolio of open-ended diversified equity schemes of mutual funds registered with SEBI whose underlying investments are in equity and equity related securities of diversified companies
Quantum India ESG Equity Fund

An Open ended equity scheme investing in companies following Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) theme
• Long term capital appreciation

• Invests in shares of companies that meet Quantum's Environment, Social, Governance (ESG) criteria.
* Investors should consult their financial advisers if in doubt about whether the product is suitable for them.
The Risk Level of the Scheme in the Risk O Meter is based on the portfolio of the scheme as on December 31, 2020.

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