Social impact investing takes off

The amount of sustainable investment assets in the US has soared over the past two years.

Summary: In the US, sustainable investment assets have grown by 76% to $US6.57 trillion in the past two years, and now represent 18% of all professionally managed US assets. Most fund managers say they have developed more responsible products due to client demand, often from women and millennials. Public companies are trying to implement socially responsible trading standards to protect themselves from reputational damage.

Key take-out: Fund companies are following the money and rushing to sign up to the UN principles for responsible investment.

Key beneficiaries: General investors. Category: Investment portfolio construction.

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