Linsey Schoemehl Payne
Chief Compliance Officer, Managing Partner
Defined as an unpredictable occurrence that is beyond the scope of normal expectations, a black swan event is rare and has potentially severe consequences. Even as COVID-19 spread across the globe in late March, the level of disruption ultimately caused by the virus came as a surprise to most. The global pandemic that followed suit was certainly a black swan event with some economists dubbing it the first sustainability crisis of the 21st century.
From a market perspective, stocks experienced the sharpest sell-off in history; while no sector was left unscathed, some relative winners and losers were identified. Of note was the outperformance of sustainable investing strategies compared to their non-sustainable counterparts. The purpose of this newsletter is to dive deeper into the performance of sustainable investing strategies during the past several months and attempt to provide insight into what investors, investment managers, and companies will be seeking from a sustainability perspective in a post-COVID world.
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