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iShares MSCI USA ESG Select ETF (KLD)

  • Dec. 10, 2014, 1:16 PM
    • The iShares MSCI ACWI Low Carbon Target ETF (NYSEARCA:CRBN) launched yesterday, less then a month after SSgA’s SPDR MSCI ACWI Low Carbon Target ETF (NYSEARCA:LOWC).
    • Both funds track the MSCI ACWI Low Carbon Target Index, which is designed to overweight companies that have low carbon emissions and is derived from the MSCI All Country World Index.
    • According to Barron's Focus on Funds blog post today, "at $72 million, the iShares ETF is already the most successful ETF launch, by assets, since October, according to research firm XTF."
    • Other socially responsible investing ETFs: DSI, KLD, TOK, RODI, EQLT
    | Dec. 10, 2014, 1:16 PM | Comment!
  • Dec. 1, 2014, 11:02 AM
    • The SPDR MSCI ACWI Low Carbon Target ETF (NYSEARCA:LOWC) will track an index of companies around the world with relatively slight carbon profiles, which are likely to increase in value over time.
    • "The MSCI ACWI Low Carbon Target Index is designed to address two dimensions of carbon exposure—carbon emissions and fossil fuel reserves. By overweighting companies with low carbon emissions relative to sales and per dollar of market capitalization, the Index aims to reflect a lower carbon exposure than that of the broad market," as stated in the fund's fact sheet.
    • Other social responsibility ETFs: DSI, KLD, TOK, RODI, EQLT
    | Dec. 1, 2014, 11:02 AM | Comment!
  • Sep. 12, 2014, 10:42 AM
    • The Barclays Return on Disability ETN (NYSEARCA:RODI) tracks a 100-stock index from the Donovan Group which include firms based on how they treat customers and employees with disabilities.
    • “We use almost a decade of observation of progress around people with disabilities to isolate the actions by companies that either grow revenue or cut cost to create shareholder value,” said Rich Donovan, CEO of The Return on Disability Group, in a press release.
    • This is not the first socially responsible fund by Barclays; the Barclays Women In Leadership ETN (NYSEARCA:WIL), which launched in July, invests in companies that have a strong female presence in upper management.
    • Other ETFs focused on socially responsible investing: DSI, KLD, TOK, EQLT
    | Sep. 12, 2014, 10:42 AM | Comment!
  • Feb. 24, 2014, 12:55 PM
    • The Workplace Equality Fund (EQLT) will track an index of 140 global companies that support equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.
    • This ETF features an expense ratio of 0.75% and its unique index was created by Denver Investment Advisors in November 2013.
    • Other socially responsible ETFs: DSI, KLD, EAPS
    | Feb. 24, 2014, 12:55 PM | Comment!
  • Mar. 14, 2013, 6:06 PM
    Pax World Management closed Pax MSCI North America ESG Index ETF (NASI) yesterday as the fund failed to generate significant investor interest. The final liquidation distribution will take place on March 22. The closure leaves Pax with only one ETF, EAPS.
    | Mar. 14, 2013, 6:06 PM | Comment!
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KLD Description
The iShares FTSE KLD Select Social Index Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the FTSE KLD Select Social Index.
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