blurred stock market numbersProponents of ESG strategies have touted the funds for their moralsuperiority and their ability to outperform traditionalinvestment strategies. The latter claim is questionable, accordingto researcher Wayne Winegarden.

By some measures, Americans are investing more of their moneywith their conscience, and perhaps their politics, in mind, thanever before.

According to the US SIF Foundation, a nonprofit that advocatesfor “sustainable, responsible, and impact” investing, $12trillion—or 25 percent of all professionally managedinvestments—were held in funds that met criteria for environmental, social, and governancecompliance in 2018.

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Nick Thornton

Nick Thornton is a financial writer covering retirement and health care issues for BenefitsPRO and ALM Media. He greatly enjoys learning from the vast minds in the legal, academic, advisory and money management communities when covering the retirement space. He's also written on international marketing trends, financial institution risk management, defense and energy issues, the restaurant industry in New York City, surfing, cigars, rum, travel, and fishing. When not writing, he's pushing into some land or water.