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ESG Bond ETF Also Has No Mutual Fund Counterpart in the Sustainable Investing Sphere At the beginning of October, Nuveen Fund Advisors, LLC, a unit of Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA), announced the launch of NuShares...
First of its Kind Tax-Exempt Sustainable Bond to be Issued by MBTA  The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) announced on September 18, 2017 that it is planning to issue about $574 million in bonds on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, consisting, in...
Summary Beyond implementing sustainable investing strategies by investing directly in individual securities, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) as well as other asset types, investors with a desire to achieve positive societal outcomes with their investments have another option, albeit a...
Since the announcement on August 11 and successful placement of Tesla’s $1.80 billion Senior Notes, some disappointment has been expressed by the fact that Tesla didn’t formally qualify as green the company’s newly issued notes. It was suggested that...
In a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission as of August 4, 2017 BlackRock Fund Advisors recorded substantial reductions in the expense ratios applicable to two international equity oriented ESG Exchange Traded Funds. These ETFs included the iShares...
  Synopsis Like its counterpart the PIMCO Total Return ESG Fund, the PIMCO Low Duration Fund, which is a short-term corporate bond fund, changed its name to PIMCO Low Duration ESG Fund effective January 6, 2017. At the same time, the...
          Synopsis Effective January 6, 2017 the PIMCO Total Return Fund, which is an intermediate-term diversified investment grade portfolio of fixed income instruments, including non U.S. dollar denominated securities, changed its name to the PIMCO Total Return ESG Fund and at...
In the first six months of the year through June 30, 2017, 29 U.S. entities issued an equivalent number of taxable and tax-free green bonds valued at about $8.0 billion. This is roughly in line with U.S. issuance during...
Last week BlackRock announced the launch of two fixed income ETFs, the iShares ESG USD Corporate Bond ETF (SUSC) and the iShares ESG 1-5 Year USD Corporate Bond ETF (SUSB). These are intended to track fixed income indexes designed...
    Assessment Low Conviction Synopsis As of February 28, 2017, the date of the fund’s updated prospectus, it was noted that this municipal bond fund now invests the majority of its assets in securities whose proceeds provide positive social or environmental benefits, including...

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