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iShares ESG Aware MSCI USA ETF: Key Themes


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Comments (2)

Igor Tsukerman profile picture
"Companies involved in the business of tobacco, defense, and fossil fuels are excluded". Actually, no. According to the prospectus (
www.ishares.com/... only controversial and nuclear weapons and civilian firearms are excluded from defense. And only thermal coal and oil sands are excluded from Energy, while the rest of traditional fossil fuels are very much in the fund. Exxon Mobil and Chevron are both in top 25 of 324 holdings in the fund. This is why the biggest ETF by assets with ESG label is technically not ESG at all, but is "ESG Aware". That means that while certain things are screened out, the rest of the portfolio is just using ESG score as a factor to change the weights of S&P 500 index slightly. So many investors have no idea what they're buying. Seeking Alpha authors should do a better job researching, not assuming, and explaining it.
thealphaswarmer profile picture
Great write up. Sending to my friend SVP / Director of GIG @ Macquaire Bank Singapore (best mate from class 8 actually)
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