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New impact strategies' performance still a question mark for investors

The universe of sustainable investment strategies has never been larger. But many of these are managed by fund managers who have never experienced a recession. Tread carefully, warns UK-based asset manager.

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The latest recession – meaning two quarters of negative economic growth – ended in June 2009 in the wake of the financial crisis. This means that the youngest generation of portfolio managers has only experienced financial markets appreciating year after year.

This is particularly true for many sustainable investment strategies developed and managed by young portfolio managers, according to Charlie Thomas, head of strategy, environment and sustainability at Jupiter Asset Management.

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