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Stockspot Sustainable Portfolios: March 2022 Update

Stockspot Sustainable Portfolio performance update and insights for sustainable investing in 2022.

Stockspot’s Sustainable Portfolios have been popular since launching in July 2020. Here we update how these portfolios have performed, as well as provide insights on sustainable investing market trends for 2022. 

Sustainable Portfolios Performance

Over 12 months to 31 March 2022, the Stockspot Sustainable Portfolios have delivered returns of 3.2% to 9.2% (after fees).

Source: Stockspot based on time-weighted returns using Gold fee tier as of 31 March 2022. Total return is the cumulative return from 1 July 2020. 

How has performance varied from the Model Portfolios?

The Sustainable Portfolios have performed broadly in line with the Stockspot Model Portfolios, demonstrating their similar level of risk from broad diversification across different assets, countries and market sectors.

The Stockspot Sustainable Portfolios have a lower exposure to the energy and financial sectors because of our screening process which focuses on positive impact scoring (e.g. removing fossil fuel, coal, thermal mining, and many financial companies). 

This has led sustainable Australian shares (ASX: FAIR) to slightly underperform Australian shares (ASX: VAS) over the last 12 months and three years, as commodities and banks

Sustainable Australian shares (FAIR)Australian shares (VAS)
1 year8.5%15.3%
3 years (p.a.)7.6%10.9%
Data as of 31 March 2022. Source: BetaShares, Vanguard

Other reasons for performance variations

Performance differences between the portfolios may also arise due to timing of distributions/dividends, the frequency of rebalancing, and when each ETF was phased into your portfolio.

It’s important to ignore monthly returns which are often impacted by short term trends. Instead, focus on your long term strategy. After all, one of the key tenets of investing is the compounding effect that takes place over many years. Sustainable investing – like all types of investing – will go through periods of ups and downs. Ideally, it’s a values-based way of investing that will lead to returns over the long term.

Sustainable investing in 2022: Market trends and rise of ESG

Interest due to bushfires and COVID-19

2021 saw a surge of interest investors wanting to play a part in a sustainable future. This was fueled by the Australian bushfires in 2020 and impact of COVID-19, leading to investors demanding products that have environmental, social, and governance (ESG) frameworks.

High growth rate

Australian investors piled in almost $3b of their money into sustainable ETFs on the ASX in the last 12 months. There’s now $7.7b invested in sustainable ETFs in Australia across 27 listed products. Over the last five years, these investments have grown at a rate of 91% per year. 

What’s next for Sustainable Investing

Large players focusing on sustainability 

Many large global institutions are making sustainability a key component of their investment approach, such as Blackrock (the largest fund manager in the world). Sustainability conscious investors are shifting their allocation from traditional funds into sustainable funds with the majority focusing on climate change and clean energy as the biggest driver. 

Continued demand for sustainable investing

Demand for sustainable investing will continue in a post-pandemic market. U.S. President, Joe Biden, has already passed legislation to combat climate change, there is increasing research and demand for electric vehicles and renewable energy, and countries around the world are pledging to join the Paris Agreement and be carbon-emission free by 2050. The market reflects global and societal sentiment, and sustainability is firmly on the agenda.

Long-term performance of your sustainable investments

Both Sustainable Portfolios and Model Portfolios are built using Nobel Prize Winning Research of diversification across asset classes using low cost exchange traded funds (ETFs). This has helped us beat 99% of similar diversified portfolios over the last 5 years. 

Using a robo-advisor like Stockspot is the easy way to sustainably invest

Investment Manager

Marc has previously worked for Morgan Stanley, AMP and KPMG. He holds a Bachelor of Business (Finance/Accounting) from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), and has completed his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 1.

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