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Why ethical investment still makes sense in a crisis

Sustainable portfolios can perform impressively even in testing conditions

By Paul Wallace   May 2020

A green approach when screens turn red? Wang Ying/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

Bear markets test not just the resolve of investors but the performance of favoured investing strategies. Before the recent slump in share prices prompted by coronavirus, sustainable investing was in vogue. Does the green approach still make sense now that trading screens have turned red?

Sustainable investment means in practice the use of ESG (environmental, social and governance) criteria in investing, especially in equities. This was once a minority pursuit owing to concerns that green virtue might pay…

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