Millennials and responsible investing

Will they shape the future?

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Millennials are more inclined than previous generations to consider responsible investing, which includes integrating environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) factors into their portfolios, according to a 2016 report by the Responsible Investment Association.

Here are some highlights from the report:

Key findings

Millennial investors view companies with strong social and environmental practices as more profitable and overall superior long-term investments. Millennials are:

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75%
more likely than Boomers to believe that companies with good social and environmental practices will be more profitable.
ALMOST
2X
as likely as Boomers to believe that companies with good social and environmental policies and practices are better long-term investments.
more than 2x as likely as Boomers to believe that companies with good social and environmental practices can provide investors with better protection against downside risks.
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82% 3 white piggy banks
of Millennial investors believe that responsible investing will become more important in the next 5 years

Which ESG issue is the most important to you?

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67%

believe it is important for their financial advisor to be knowledgeable about RI issues and trends, compared to 52% of Gen X and 54% of Boomers

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These trends demonstrate a bright future for responsible investing. As millennials’ incomes begin to rise and the $30 trillion they are poised to inherit starts trickling down into the hands of this emerging generation of investors, the responsible investing industry is expected to grow exponentially.1

1Wall Street Has Its Eyes on Millennials' $30 Trillion Inheritance. Bloomberg, March 3, 2015


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