50% of retail investors to shift funds into ESG in 2022

Half of retail investors are planning to switch some of their investments, including pensions, into ESG investments this year, new research claims.

Oxford Risk’s study also found that 14% of investors plan to move 60% or more of their funds to ESG investments.

Furthermore, 41% of investors believe the ESG credentials of advisers and wealth managers are important when it comes to the investment advice they offer. However, 24% said ESG credentials are unimportant when rating investment advice.

The researchers believe the stats could change over the next two years, as 42% of respondents said ESG credentials will become more important to help wealth managers win business. Just 4% said it would be less important.

Oxford Risk head of behavioural finance Greg B Davies said, “ESG investing is building momentum with half of retail investors planning to move at least some money into ESG funds over this year.”

“It is clearly good news that retail investors are engaging with their investments and making positive decisions and advisers need to engage as well by focusing on delivering the best possible service for investors.”

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