Sustainable Festival: Morningstar CIO Kemp warns on the nuances of ESG portfolio construction

ESG an ‘omnibus term’ for its catch-all approach to investors’ varying values

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Morningstar CIO Dan Kemp
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Morningstar CIO Dan Kemp

Investors face “dangerous” risks if they create ESG portfolios without taking into consideration the numerous nuances involved, according to Morningstar CIO Dan Kemp.

Speaking at the Sustainable Investment Festival, Kemp explained how ESG investing suffered from an "omnibus" label and that the fundamentals of this discipline had to be accounted for at an initial portfolio construction level. Sustainable Festival: Boring Money's James Adams warns advisers are underestimating client interest in ESG Kemp said that ESG could be boiled down into two levels, ESG risk reduction and value preferences, which account for both the financial and non-financial considerations of ESG. "ESG is a terrible term because it is an omnibus term, it means different th...

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