Posted On Wednesday, Aug 12, 2020
This will come as an eye opener to you, dear reader.
In a recent poll#, Investors from 50 global institutions were surveyed.
These institutions collectively represent a total of $12.9 trillion in assets under management (AUM).
They were asked a simple question -
'How they expected COVID-19 would impact the future of ESG investing'.
71% of respondents responded that it was "rather likely," "likely," or "very likely".
Now at this point in time you are probably wondering what ESG is.
We will come to that in a moment.
When 71% of a US$ 12.9 trillion pool agrees with an investment idea, you would be wise to take note of it.
You see, the core idea under discussion was this...
Once a niche, ESG investing is now a fast growing preference for investors across geographies.
Is ESG new to you?
Well, it stands for Environmental (E), Social (S) and Governance (G).
Asset managers around the globe are prioritizing the integration of material ESG factors when making investment decisions.
This means that when they invest money in a stock of a company, they want the company to be more than a money spinner. ESG fund managers now want their companies to behave like good citizens and take care of their environment and the society at large. They also want their investee companies to follow a very high level of corporate governance.
This trend, dear reader, is irreversible.
As per data from UN PRI, the value of global assets signing up for ESG inclusion in investment decisions has tripled over eight years, to $40.5 trillion in 2020.
Now, that's big.
And in case you were wondering why it's this big, well, it turns out that being an ESG investor also helps you generate better returns.
More on this in a moment.
First a question that may arise now is this...
Is ESG investing limited to the developed world? Where does India fit into this?
Well, the opportunity for ESG investing in India is even bigger.
Post impact of COVID-19 Indian investors are drawn towards ESG funds.
Between January - March this year ESG funds attracted over Rs 1,700 crore in AUM.*.
Category AUM currently stands at Rs 4,400 crores*.
This proves investors are interested in environmental, social and governance issues and see a positive correlation between sustainability and economic return.
Now coming to what gives ESG funds an edge over regular equity funds? Why is money invested into ESG the world over?
See, ESG funds aim to deliver risk adjusted returns over long term.
The basis being that companies that are strong on ESG have relatively better long-term financial prospects.
Responsibility and profitability of a company in other words go hand in hand.
We have numbers to prove this -
|Performance as of July YTD|
|Nifty 100 TR index||-7.90%|
|Nifty 100 ESG TR index||-3.18%|
Past Performance may or may not sustained in future.
Evidently, the ESG index better protected downside risk in the stock market mayhem caused by the pandemic. Exactly as it should.
This is surely a wake-up call for investors who think investing in ESG funds would mean compromising on returns.
It's time for you to think the other way round - investing in ESG oriented funds is your opportunity to invest with an aim to make long term return.
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Data Source - *AMFI, #J P Morgan
|Name of the Scheme & Primary Benchmark||This product is suitable for investors who are seeking*||Risk-o-meter of Scheme|
|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 understand that their principal will be at Very High Risk
* Investors should consult their financial advisers if in doubt about whether the product is suitable for them.
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