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Sustainable funds offer downside protection, investors say
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climate-change-investing-...

Using environmental, social or governance (ESG) factors to judge securities can offer protection against losses, helping drive the growth of the sector, several large investors said on Tuesday.

A recent study by Morgan Stanley of 11,000 investment funds found little difference in performance between those with traditional strategies and those with so-called sustainable strategies, said Audrey Choi, the Wall Street bank's chief sustainability officer.

But the latter group faced significantly less volatility. “I’ve never really met any investor who says I don’t want that investment that has the same return and less downside volatility,” Choi said, speaking at Reuters’ two-day ESG Investment North America conference. [...]
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