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September flow goes to ESG funds in UK

London, UK: Responsible investment funds attracted two thirds of UK fund flows in September, as investors pumped £1.6bn into the funds. In total retail sales amounted to £2.3bn in the month, with ESG and socially responsible investment seeing the second highest month of inflows since March, according to the Investment Association.

Chris Cummings, chief executive of the Investment Association, said: “It is encouraging to see investors’ continuing commitment to sustainability in the run-up to the crucial Cop26 negotiations. “This is reflected in the strong inflows into responsible investment funds in September, which accounted for two-thirds of the total funds.” “Uncertainty remains over the pace of economic recovery into 2022 and the outlook for inflation as supply chain and labour challenges continue to bite in the run up to Christmas.” “Uncertainty remains over the pace of economic recovery into 2022 and the outlook for inflation as supply chain and labour challenges continue to bite in the run up to Christmas.” … The Investment Association is the trade association for UK investment managers. Their more than 250 corporate members manage over £7 trillion on behalf of clients in the United Kingdom and across the world. They were founded in 1910, and are headquartered in London.

In summary

To summarize this article, a third of the investment funds in Britain have been given a new responsibility: to improve social and environmental standards. The most-sold asset class in September was equity with £984 million net retail sales. UK funds on the other hand suffered a second month of weakening investor appetite, with net retail outflows of £584m, following £444m of outflows in August. The best-selling equity fund region was Global, with net retail sales of £1.09 billion.

The Investment Association is seeking to highlight that many investors are still positive on socially responsible investment options despite an increased number of people turning to other types of funds for their investments. These trends also show themselves when looking at the market capitalization of companies.

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