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Capitol Report: Climate change is a concern among issues-oriented investors — but it’s not their top concern

As a debate rages over a new climate report from the federal government, issues-focused institutional investors also have been expressing their opinion on climate change.

It’s the third-most important consideration for these big investors in asset-weighted terms, ranking behind “conflict risk” and tobacco ties, as shown in the chart below.

That’s according to a new report from US SIF, a group that pushes for greater use of environmental, social and governance factors in investing. The group conducted research on 496 U.S. institutional investors — such as public pension funds, insurance companies KIE, +1.36% and philanthropic foundations — with a total of $5.6 trillion in ESG-related investments.

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