Equity Investment in Emerging Themes

Investing in ESG Funds are considered to be ‘sustainable’ investing. They are essentially schemes that invest into companies that rank high on environment, social and good governance practices.

ESG schemes gained popularity since 2018 in India. While there are many ESG funds in the market, the Quantum India ESG Equity Fund is one such fund that was the frontrunner in the market. Since then, several players have entered the market. As per AMFI data in December, 2020, the combined assets under management of existing ESG funds in India are at Rs. 9,516 crores.

Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), was the predecessor to ESG mutual fund. Investors are beginning to recognize the importance of weighing both financial and non-financial metrics while making investment decisions. They well understand that lack of foresight on risk and responsibility management eventually translates into lower profitability and valuation. ESG investing aims to achieve the triple bottom line that is good for the people, planet and profits. ESG investing allows investors to express their own values and to ensure that their savings and investments reflect their preferences, without compromising on returns.

Mutual funds that incorporate ESG screening criteria in their equity selection prove to be better long-term custodians of investors capital, provide downside protection, and generate better long-term risk-adjusted returns for your clients.

it is important to evaluate where the companies that the equity scheme invests in faces the risk on account of ESG parameters, as ignoring these risks can have far-reaching consequences.

One might argue that responsible investing is just a passing trend. But a closer look at how the trend has gained momentum over the past 15 years suggests otherwise.

How to invest in ESG Equity Mutual Fund

While ESG equity investments should be on your investment portfolio, it’s best to invest in equities in a staggered manner to counter uncertainty and average out the cost of buying.

This is where systematic investment plans (SIPs) in mutual funds can help you make a disciplined investment route of investing in mutual funds.

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