It appears returns matter after all…
What was once the second-biggest exchange-traded fund investing in sustainable emerging-market companies is now a nothing-burger of abandon hopes and dreams and signaled virtue.
In just two days, the iShares ESG MSCI EM Leaders ETF (LDEM) lost 91% of its total assets, crashing to below $70 million briefly (from over $800 million right before Christmas Eve)…
As Bloomberg reports, only one holder of LDEM’s shares owned enough to account for such a steep outflow, the data show: Ilmarinen, the Helsinki-based pension company that made a $600 million investment in the fund when it launched in February 2020.
Since the pension fund’s virtue-signaling investment, LDEM has drastically underperformed its benchmark…
And even more dramatically underperformed the S&P 500…
Another BlackRock fund, the iShares ESG Aware MSCI EM ETF (ESGE) remains the largest ETF investing in emerging-market sustainable companies, with $6.2 billion in assets.
According to the firm, the assets under management in iShares’ sustainable ETFs and index funds globally “has doubled year-over-year across more than 180 sustainable fund solutions.”
But, for EM ESG, it is clear that dollars and sense trump virtue-signaling and cents-on-the-dollar.