Sustainable InvestingSubmitted by MidWestOne Investment Services on September 16th, 2019
I want to talk about Sustainable Investing – what is it really?
In years past these mutual funds were referred to as “Socially Responsible” investments. There were limited choices with uncertain performance history. Now these funds are referred to as ESG or sustainable investing. Sustainability evaluates environmental, social and government (ESG) policies, practices, and performance. More options are becoming available, with many being offered by “mainstream” mutual fund companies showing good, long-term performance records.
For me, sustainability also applies to the broad topic of individual habits that support conservation of our natural resources. I now consistently recycle cans, bottles, newspapers, with my home trash pickup service making it convenient by providing a separate container. Many of us now take our own reusable bags to the market when shopping instead of using the plastic bags provided. How many of us use a more permanent sort of water bottle instead of those disposable plastic bottles?
A recent article in Time magazine talks about a “paradigm shift toward plant-based foods” in the U.S. – apparently already common across many cultures throughout the rest of the world. Several of my friends and family members have chosen to eat a plant-based diet not only to feel better but to support the effort to save our planet’s resources.
The Amazon Rainforest fires – what is the world impact if not contained?
Whether you invest in ESG funds or establish personal habits that support conserving our natural resources, every action helps support these worldwide efforts.
I have attached an article explaining sustainable investing, along with the Time magazine article and a brief video about the Amazon fires.
Thank you for letting me share my thoughts and many thanks to all of you who allow us to be part of your financial team!
The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. Investing involves risk including the potential loss of principal. No investment strategy can guarantee a profit or protect against loss. This material may contain forward looking statements and projections; there are no guarantees that these results will be achieved. All performance referenced is historical and is no guarantee of future results. All indices are unmanaged and may not be invested into directly.
An Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) fund’s policy could cause it to perform differently compared to funds that do not have such a policy. The application of social and environmental standards may affect a fund’s exposure to certain issuers, industries, sectors, and factors that may impact relative financial performance — positively or negatively — depending on whether such investments are in or out of favor.