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The Department of Labor recently published the final version of its rule on environmental, social, governance (ESG) investments in 401(k) plans. An earlier version of the rule prompted a flurry of comments sent to the DOL during the atypically short comment period.

One argument many put forth against the rule was that ESG issues must be part of the investment decision, not a “nice-to-have” extra, to better understand any risks that might affect a company’s long-term financial performance.

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C.J. Marwitz

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