Toniic is pleased to be an active supporter of the Total Impact Portfolio Challenge. Among Toniic's 400+ members, over half are part of a sub-group within Toniic called The 100% Impact Network, created in response to demand from asset owners who are increasingly interested in a portfolio approach to align their investments with their values. Members collaborate with a trusted network of their peers to share with and learn from each other, all with the aspiration of achieving 100% impact across all their investments in one or more portfolios.
To help aggregate and analyze the impact of each investor's investments, we have developed the Toniic Impact Portfolio Tool to enable impact investors to document the interrelationships between asset classes and the impact of a portfolio of investments. The Tool allows an investor to classify every underlying investment by its intended impact, as well as other variables that investors take into consideration when designing their portfolios — such as liquidity, expected returns, geography, management structures, and more.
We are pleased to provide the Toniic Impact Portfolio Tool to teams participating in the Challenge. The use of the Tool will help both standardize how the investor teams view their asset allocation across multiple dimensions, as well as set a clear framework for impact reporting to help assess the performance of each of the teams. Good luck to all of the participating teams!
As a company, Bank of America Corporation is dedicated to placing clients’ interests first. While Bank of America, N.A., focuses on helping clients with banking products, our affiliate companies — Merrill Lynch, Merrill Edge and U.S. Trust — are proud to offer a wide range of impact investing strategies. These strategies allow clients’ investments to reflect their values and transform their interests into investment opportunities designed to help manage risk, target global trends and align to causes and issues important to them.
There is a shift happening in the financial world. Investors and institutions around the globe are leading the evolution of our industry by demanding that investment decisions take into consideration social or environmental impact, alongside financial return. Led by insights from the Chief Investment Office (CIO), investment opportunities are identified across multiple asset classes that meet a range of environmental, social or governance factors. Opportunities are identified based on an assessment of their ability to meet clients’ needs and can span from mutual funds, alternative investments, exchange-traded funds or separately managed accounts, to green bonds or social impact bonds. Impact investing strategies from the CIO are subject to due diligence and an investment selection process to help clients pursue both their financial and impact goals.
Clients have access to a full suite of impact investing strategies that target a variety of impact, ESG- and thematic-oriented goals. Clients can choose between both leading third-party asset manager offerings and proprietary strategies, available through Merrill Lynch, Merrill Edge and U.S. Trust. As the investment landscape continues to evolve, our dedicated CIO team is committed to the continued analysis of the connection between social and environmental impact, portfolio growth and overall economic growth. This commitment is key to helping clients pursue both their impact and financial goals for the future.
We are proud to partner with Wharton Social Impact Initiative and Good Capital Project to support the Total Impact Portfolio Challenge; encouraging students to develop the skills needed to help clients pursue potential returns while doing good.
Impact investing and/or Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) managers may take into consideration factors beyond traditional financial information to select securities, which could result in relative investment performance deviating from other strategies or broad market benchmarks, depending on whether such sectors or investments are in or out of favor in the market. Further, ESG strategies may rely on certain values based criteria to eliminate exposures found in similar strategies or broad market benchmarks, which could also result in relative investment performance deviating.
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