Embrace the Suck, Without Which There's No Effect on the World

Embrace the Suck, Without Which There's No Effect on the World
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Negative screening is a common application of Environmental/Social/Governance (ESG) investing. It avoids “sin stocks” and divests from industries or firms deemed immoral or having poor or undesirable standards along one of the three E, S or G dimensions.1 It's promoted largely on the fact that it's virtuous. While we may all define virtue differently, advocating for it in this way is fair and appropriate. However, employing these constraints is also often promoted as enhancing expected returns.

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