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DWS Group being investigated for its sustainable investing management practices

The Bottom Line: DWS is under investigation by various regulatory bodies regarding its ESG investing practices but investors in various ESG funds should exercise restraint. DWS Group is under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), federal prosecutors and BaFin regarding its ESG investing practices but investors in various ESG funds should exercise restraint […]

WisdomTree Investments strives to become a leader in the ESG space

The Bottom Line:  WisdomTree Investments strives to become a leader in the ESG space, having rebranded a total of six existing ETFs since March 2020. WisdomTree strives to become a leader in the ESG space During the Q4 2020 earnings call held by executives of Wisdom Investments Inc. (WETF) on January 29, 2021, senior executives […]

TIAA Sales Practices Under Investigation: What Should TIAA Sustainable Fund Investors Do?

Recent Reports Raise Questions Regarding TIAA Sales Practices It was recently reported in The New York Times (NYT) that New York State’s Attorney General subpoenaed TIAA, the financial services organization, seeking documents and information relating to the firm’s sales practices. The action was taken following the October publication of an article in the NYT that […]


Research and analysis to keep sustainable investors up to-date on a broad range of topics that include trends and developments in sustainable investing and sustainable finance, regulatory updates, performance results and considerations, investing through index funds and actively managed portfolios, asset allocation updates, expenses, ESG ratings and data, company and product news, green, social and sustainable bonds, green bond funds as well as reporting and disclosure practices, to name just a few.

A continuously updated Funds Directory is also available to investors.  This is intended to become a comprehensive listing of sustainable mutual funds, ETFs and other investment products along with a description of their sustainable investing approaches as set out in fund prospectuses and related regulatory filings.

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Many questions have surfaced in recent years regarding sustainable and ESG investing.  Here, investors and financial intermediaries will find materials that describe the various approaches to sustainable investing and their implementation.  While sustainable investing approaches vary and they have thus far defied universally accepted definitions, many practitioners agree that they fall into the following broad categories:  Values-based investing, investing via exclusions, impact investing, thematic investments and ESG integration.  In conjunction with each of these approaches, investors may also adopt various issuer engagement procedures and proxy voting practices.  That said, sustainable investing approaches will continue to evolve.

In addition to periodic updates regarding sustainable investing and how this form of investing is evolving, investors and financial intermediaries interested in implementing a sustainable investing approach will also find source materials that cover basic investing themes as well as asset allocation tactics.

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Thoughts and ideas targeting sustainable investing strategies executed through various registered and non-registered sustainable investment funds and products such as mutual funds, Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), Exchange Traded Notes (ETNs), closed-end funds, Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and Unit Investment Trusts (UITs). Coverage extends to investment management firms as well as fund groups. 

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