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Engine No.1 launches VOTE ETF to reproduce Exxon Mobil proxy strategies

The Bottom Line:  Engine No. 1 launched an exchange traded fund focused on proxy voting strategies but passively managed securities will not be ESG qualified. Engine No.1 set to launch VOTE ETF to reproduce Exxon Mobil proxy strategies Capitalizing on its newfound notoriety, Engine No. 1 launched on June 23rd an exchange traded fund with […]

OneFund allows investors to express views on proxy voting

The Bottom Line: OneFund allows underlying investors to express views on proxy voting whereas otherwise investors don’t such rights through mutual funds and ETF ownership. Summary/Background In late May a number of the world’s largest investment management firms and asset owners sided with an environmental activist hedge fund and the leading proxy voting firms to […]

SEC Issued Proxy Voting Guidance: Not Likely to Deter ESG Shareholder Proposals

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued interpretive guidance on an investment adviser’s fiduciary duties regarding proxy voting On August 21, by a vote of 3 to 2, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued interpretive guidance on an investment adviser’s fiduciary duties with respect to voting of proxies for client accounts. Coincidently, the SEC guidance […]

Vanguard Proxy Vote on Genocide-Free Investing in 2017

Vanguard Funds

Vanguard Shareholders Vote on Genocide-Free Investing in Mutual Funds Today Vanguard is holding a Joint Special Meeting of Shareholders in Scottsdale, Arizona. Shareholders have been asked to vote on board of trustees nominations and on several fund proposals that will harmonize policies across Vanguard’s US-based funds. In addition, Vanguard shareholders have had the opportunity to […]


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