Results From Survey Of 70+ Hedge Fund Allocators On ESG

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Pershing has just released the results of its latest survey from 70+ hedge fund allocators, revealing their true goals and motivations behind investing in ESG strategies.

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Some top lines from the survey are:
  • There is a tremendous amount of opportunity and interest from allocators in ESG investing, but they still have a way to go in deploying capital
    • 30% of allocators surveyed are allocating opportunistically, but only 4% are doing so via Asset Allocation buckets

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  • What allocators need is increased expertise on the topic to be successful in ESG investing – 49% of allocators said they had “no level of expertise”
  • Allocators are split on what they are trying to achieve through ESG, with 30% interested in impact, 20% in return enhancement, and 15% in faith-based objectives
  • Areas that are piquing allocator interest are:  air pollution reduction, plastic use reduction, water scarcity reduction (nearly 10% of allocators agree to this), and talent development and retention (11% of respondents agree)

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