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Jeffrey Gitterman: Why ESG is the "GPS of investing"

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Finance is a humming factory of confusing terminology, as anyone old enough to remember the damage done by SIVs and RMBSs did to the global economy in 2008-2009 can attest. While “special investment vehicles” and “residential mortgage-backed securities” no longer pervert the market (we hope), the various ways people describe investment strategies meant to bring about social good – or at least avoid doing harm – are generating plenty of confusion today.


Is “impact investing” different from “socially responsible investment” (SRI)? Do ESG (environmental, social, governance) strategies automatically qualify as SRIs? Can an oil company be part of an ESG strategy?

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