DC plan fiduciaries evidently remain skeptical of ESG investment options within DC plans (public and private). There are myriad explanations for this gap between DC plans and other institutional investors, including, but not limited to, fiduciary duty concerns. In fact, Callan’s excellent ESG/DC plan surveys show fiduciary duty concerns are receding in the minds of fiduciaries. Nevertheless, adoption rates remain relatively low. Here is an update from Callan.
Record Currency Management, a currency manager, has signed on to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, broadening the types of assets classes incorporating ESG factors. We are seeing growing interest among fixed income and real asset managers, as well. Coverage of this development can be found here.
Larry Stadulis, Sara Crovitz, and Alan Goldberg joined me in explaining the SEC standard of conduct release to a gathering of chief compliance officers in Chicago! We discussed a number of the key issues associated with the proposed Interpretive Release applicable to RIAs, and described our “stoplight” schematic on how broker-dealers are affected by Reg BI. We also got everyone up to speed on the various state developments. It was great spending the week here meeting so many great people.