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ESG Outperformed in the Second Quarter

Tech stock revival boosts sustainable strategies.

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Sustainable investment strategies broadly outperformed their non-ESG cousins in the second quarter thanks mainly to a revival among technology stocks.

The boost from tech names such as Microsoft (MSFT), a sector that represents a heavy weighting in most sustainable indexes, helped overcome the tailwind that non-ESG indexes received from continued strength in energy stocks. Non-ESG benchmarks tend to hold greater percentages in energy stocks.

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