The Times They Are A-Changin’

Consider for a moment that someone asked you for the colour of money. What would you say – green? Well, on the back of the momentum gathering on the environmental, social and governance (ESG) front, the colour closely associated with one of humanity’s most basic emotions and a number of popular comic book superheroes (DC or Marvel), is today a descriptor commonly used in finance. Other than push forces in the form of up and coming regulatory requirements across the world, what else is fueling the ESG bandwagon? Some attribute this to investors’ desires to improve returns and add to long-term portfolio resilience.

How well validated is this belief? In this latest update and Lion Global’s first ESG article for 2021 we take stock of the state of ESG and share some thoughts on the aforementioned issues. Ultimately, whatever colour we may choose to paint ESG – green, black or maybe even white – one thing I am sure we can all agree on, is that the times (and colours) are certainly changing.

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Comparing the TER cost for 20 years

Here’s the difference a low cost advantage makes to cost savings

  • 1.0%
    p.a.
  • 1.5%
    p.a.
  • 2.0%
    p.a.

Here's how much you pay

$190,272.13
Selected TER 1.00% p.a.

$99,912.57
LionGlobal All Seasons Fund 0.5% p.a.

By investing a fund with low TER

You may save $90,359.56 over 20 years based on an initial investment of $1,000,000 compared with a TER of 0.5% p.a.

It is enough to provide for a monthly expenditure of $3,000 over the next 2 years and 6 months.

Here's how much you pay

$271,950.61
Selected TER 1.50% p.a.

$99,912.57
LionGlobal All Seasons Fund 0.5% p.a.

By investing a fund with low TER

You may save $172,038.04 over 20 years based on an initial investment of $1,000,000 compared with a TER of 0.5% p.a.

It is enough to provide for a monthly expenditure of $3,000 over the next 4 years and 9 months.

Here's how much you pay

$345,744.19
Selected TER 2.00% p.a.

$99,912.57
LionGlobal All Seasons Fund 0.5% p.a.

By investing a fund with low TER

You may save $ 245,831.62 over 20 years based on an initial investment of $1,000,000 compared with a TER of 0.5% p.a.

It is enough to provide for a monthly expenditure of $3,000 over the next 6 years and 9 months.

TER (Total Expense Ratio) is the sum of various identified operating expenses charged on an ongoing basis to the fund’s assets as a percentage of the fund’s average net asset value calculated over a 12-month period at the close of the annual and semi-annual financial statements of the fund for all the p.a. tabs (1.0%, 1.5%, 2.0%).

The above scenarios are for illustration purpose only. Past performance, as well as any prediction, projection or forecast on the economy, securities market or the economic trends of the markets are not necessarily indicative of the future or likely performance of the funds. Calculations based purely on costs with no market movement or investment returns.