UBS, the world’s leading wealth manager and sustainable investment manager, today announced that sustainable investments are now the firm’s preferred solution for private clients investing globally. Managing USD 488 billion in core sustainable assets, UBS is the first major global financial institution to make this recommendation.
While traditional investments will remain most suitable in some circumstances, UBS believes a 100% sustainable portfolio can deliver similar or potentially higher returns compared to traditional investment portfolios and offer strong diversification for clients investing globally. Year to date, major sustainable indices have performed better than traditional equivalents.
“The shift in preferences toward sustainable products and services is only just beginning,” said Iqbal Khan, Co-President of UBS Global Wealth Management. “We believe sustainable investments will prove to be one of the most exciting and durable opportunities for private clients in the years and decades ahead.”
“COVID-19 has put the exclamation point on one of the most important shifts in financial services in a generation,” said Tom Naratil, Co-President of UBS Global Wealth Management and President of UBS Americas. “The pandemic has brought the vulnerability and interconnected nature of our societies and industries to the forefront of investors’ minds and shown that sustainability considerations cannot be ignored.”
With a nearly 25-year track-record in sustainable investing, UBS’s award-winning team2 was the first to develop fully diversified sustainable portfolios for private clients, which have now been tested through both bull and bear markets.
“Not all sustainable investments are created equal,” said Mark Haefele, Chief Investment Officer of UBS Global Wealth Management. “Investors need a properly diversified sustainable portfolio that has the flexibility to source new opportunities and consider new risks. A well-designed sustainable portfolio can adapt to evolving market and economic environments, and help clients weather the kind of volatility that we expect to persist throughout much of the decade ahead.”
“Sustainable finance is a firm-wide priority for UBS and our aim is to help clients take advantage of new opportunities and manage 21st century risks more smartly,” said Huw van Steenis, Chair of UBS’s Sustainable Finance Committee and Senior Advisor to the CEO. “As sustainable finance has moved into the mainstream, it is a critical component for clients and a strategic growth opportunity for UBS.”