AGF Market Insight: The Most Important Chart in Sustainable Finance?

By: Martin Grosskopf and Andy Kochar • July 7, 2021

A great deal has been written in the last few years about the rise of sustainability in the financial sector – often either on sustainability itself (corporate or policy objectives) or on the opportunity and risks for financial markets (stock prices and fund flows). As we all know, the COVID-19 crisis accelerated this movement, with sustainability-linked products taking the lion’s share of new fund flows, and with many sustainability-linked themes significantly outperforming in 2020.

However, 2021 has brought some significant rotation away from companies with the most to benefit from capital inflows and the most to offer over the long term – for example, pure EV and battery companies, renewables, and so on. The question on many minds is whether this is the pause that refreshes or the initial signs of a longer-term shift in direction. The answer lies in how the concept of duration applies to the market – and “sustainable” assets, unfortunately, will not be immune from this cruel taskmaster.


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