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ESG ETF Portfolios for Retirement Savers

These low-cost ETF portfolios are designed to deliver potent asset-class exposures to ESG-conscious investors saving for retirement.

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Interest in sustainable mutual funds--also called ESG (environmental, social, governance) funds--has been soaring. The group gathered $5.5 billion in new assets in 2018 (its best year ever in terms of new inflows), and ESG asset gathering has surpassed that record by a mile so far in 2019. Jon Hale, Morningstar’s director of sustainability research, believes that by year-end, asset inflows into the group are apt to be 3 times higher than they were last year.

Those assets are coming from investors at all life stages, but younger investors appear to have a particular affinity for ESG investing. According to Morgan Stanley research, 86% of millennials (people born between the early 1980s and 2000) say they’re interested in incorporating ESG principles into their investment portfolios.

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Christine Benz does not own shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.