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Investing toward a sustainable future - Nicole Connolly and Courtney Bedell

June 19, 2021

Sustainable investing is a topic making headlines around the world. Host Emily Anonuevo speaks with Nicole Connolly, portfolio manager and head of ESG investing, and Courtney Bedell, ESG analyst, about why sustainable investing matters and its role in today’s global markets. Flows into ESG-focused products were at a record high in the U.S. last year as more and more investors look to align their investments with their values. Nicole and Courtney unpack recent trends and what the future of sustainable investing looks like. In addition to record flows, Nicole and Courtney share that the Global Clean Energy Index had a strong run after President Biden’s win, but has underperformed lately. Nicole believes we’re in the early innings of a massive market share shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Courtney discusses Fidelity’s ESG ratings system for companies, and Nicole shares a bit about her fund, Fidelity Women’s Leadership Fund, and recent growth of women in positions of leadership in companies.

Recorded on June 10, 2021.