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ETF Focus: Trump’s fossil fuel focus has driven investors to environmental ETFs

Exchange-traded funds dedicated to so-called environmentally friendly strategies and sectors have seen a surge of adoption under President Donald Trump, as investors look to offset an administration that isn’t viewed as supporting policies favorable to sustaining the Earth.

Read: MarketWatch’s recap of President Trump’s Paris climate-accord decision

While alternative-energy sectors have long been viewed as a growth area as the global economy pivots away from fossil fuel technologies into “clean” energy sources, the inflows into these funds—which in some cases represent a sizable portion of their total assets—suggest market participants are making political decisions as much as financial ones.

“If we see Washington step back on an issue like climate change, that makes the actions of each of us, as investors, matter a great deal more.

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