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The research paper entitled Environmental Rating System by authors Praveen Varma, Mark Gold and Henry Shilling proposes a globally consistent environmental rating system in which public companies are rated based on the amount of unremedied pollution they produce.  The objective of this rating system is to more fully account for externalities which are created when companies pass a portion […]
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Summary Global markets across all major asset classes posted gains in June, notwithstanding trade concerns and fears of an economic slowdown.  Stocks and bonds in the US and overseas recovered from May’s declines to produce strong returns in June. Equity Funds and All Other Funds Gold and precious metals funds led the performance rankings for […]
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Global markets across all major asset classes posted gains in June. Global markets across all major asset classes posted gains in June. Notwithstanding trade concerns and fears of an economic slowdown, stocks and bonds in the US and overseas recovered from May’s declines to produce strong returns in June, ranging from a low of -0.27% […]
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Opinion Briefs Coverage:  Opinions cover topics ranging from hedge fund ESG practices, greenwashing, WSJ Future of Finance social investing apps, ESG sub-adviser due diligence, PE firms attracted to companies with poor ESG records and Carnival Corp. (CCL) poor governance and environmental conduct. June 18, 2019 – While alternative (“hedge”) funds continue to lag mutual funds […]
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Events Summary 17 events were identified in June 2019, classified as follows: 9 events involved new funds, including five new ETFs being launched in the US and Europe. Of 15 non-ETF funds, 9 were launched in the US and Canada, 5 were launched in Europe, and one in Singapore. 4 are linked to changes in […]
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Model portfolios:  Each of the three portfolios lagged behind their conventional benchmarks in May with returns ranging from -0.06% to -5.80% During a challenging and volatile month when the three model portfolios along with their corresponding conventional indices posted negative returns, two of the three model portfolios trailed their comparative benchmarks driven by the below […]
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Uptick in the importance of energy and environmental concerns disclosed in latest National League of Cities (NLC) State of the Cities Report used as jumping off point to highlight expansion in sustainable municipal bond offerings The National League of Cities (NLC) State of the Cities Report issued on May 23, 2019 spotlights the issues most […]
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Assets attributable to sustainable funds decline by $20.7 billion, ending May at $710.6 billion in assets under management After six consecutive months of posting asset gains, sustainable funds, including mutual funds, ETFs and ETNs, registered a net decline of $20.7 billion in assets under management, or -2.8%, to end May 31, 2019 with $710.6 billion […]
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Summary Longer-term higher quality bond funds were the best performing fixed income funds in May while emerging market and high yield bond funds lagged behind. Returns ranged from a high of 4.32% to a low of -1.82%. In a challenging month for equities, the leading funds in the equity and all other funds segment included […]
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Major US stock indexes close the month of May down in excess of 6%, recording their worst monthly performance since December 2018    Major US stock indexes lost more than 1% on the last trading day of May to close the month down in excess of 6%, their first calendar month decline for the year […]

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