What Does Post-Brexit Signify for Emerging Market Opportunities in China?

Posted by FlexShares on Oct 30, 2017 8:30:00 AM

China, the country which raised 800 million people out of poverty in a single generation, is at the nexus of many critical post-Brexit global trade alliances.[1] In addition to being the top trading partner with the U.S., China is the number two trading partner of EU and a top 10 trader with the U.K. China has a long economic history with the British, and in 2015 it took several steps toward a new long-term strategy of linking the renminbi to the pound. Now that Brexit moves toward settlement, how might China and its investors pivot to optimize the new order?

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Using ESG as a Core Investment Option

Posted by FlexShares on Oct 2, 2017 9:38:18 AM

We believe that one of the biggest challenges financial advisors often face with ETF investors is the latter's belief that ESG investing only needs to be a small part of their portfolios. Often, they're unconvinced that ESG is an optimal core option, preferring other more “traditional" choices.

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What Does An ESG Investor Look Like?

Posted by FlexShares on Sep 26, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Attracting ESG investors means understanding their mindset and their investor profile. Generally speaking, we believe that ESG investors are savvy people who are purpose-driven in all they do, including where they entrust their money.

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ESG Trends

Posted by FlexShares on Sep 19, 2017 8:30:00 AM

ESG (environment, social, governance) investing has rapidly moved from the fringe of investing to the mainstream. It's hard to go to an investing conference without seeing one or more sessions about ESG investing on the agenda. Major ETF and fund companies are rolling out new ESG products to meet demand among investors, institutions, and advisors. Here are some ESG trends to consider:

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ESG and Social Labor Considerations

Posted by David Partain on Sep 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

We believe that many of today's investors are seeking investments that put their hard-earned dollars into ETF portfolios that reflect their convictions about important social issues. They connect most with brands that apply ESG — or environmental, social, and governance considerations — in their daily operations.

Many investors may seek out investor-centric firms that provide advisors with investments that recognize those convictions and values. Some may even expect advisors to help them construct portfolios that achieve this purpose-driven aspect of their investment strategy.

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Understanding Volatility and the FlexShares ESG Process

Posted by David Partain on Sep 4, 2017 8:30:00 AM

For some investors, considering environmental, social or governance (ESG) factors as part of the investment process may be based upon more than a desire to “do good." Investors will sometimes use key performance indicators (KPIs), which are quantitative and qualitative metrics reported by public companies as part of their regulatory filings, which demonstrate how effectively a company is achieving its business objectives, which often include ESG considerations. ESG in our opinion is as much about managing risk and boosting investment returns as it is about any altruistic motivations.

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Understanding Key Performance Indicators

Posted by FlexShares on Aug 28, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Key performance indictors (KPIs) are quantitative and qualitative metrics reported by public companies as part of their regulatory filings. Many KPIs relate to ESG factors. As ESG investing continues to become more mainstream, investment managers have begun to use ESG-based KPIs as part of their screening process in building ESG indexes and funds. ESG-based KPIs span environmental, social, and governance factors. Here are some examples.

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Understanding the FlexShares STOXX® Partnership

Posted by FlexShares on Aug 21, 2017 8:30:00 AM

STOXX® Limited is a family of indexes created out of a joint venture between Dow Jones, Deutsche Boerse Group and SIX Swiss Exchange. Their indexes are widely used in Europe and globally, including in many ETFs. STOXX® licenses its indexes globally for commercial use.

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Incorporating ESG as Equals

Posted by FlexShares on Aug 14, 2017 8:30:00 AM

ESG investing, or investing informed by facts about a company's environmental, social, and corporate governance policies and practices, is a hot topic in investing circles. ESG considerations have moved into the investing mainstream. How are investors, their advisors, and corporate managers integrating ESG factors?

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The Historical Processes of ESG Investing

Posted by FlexShares on Aug 7, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing puts a new spin on an old concept: investing with a moral, ethical, or social bent.

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