The challenge of ETF-ESG convergence

Kees Verbaas

"All mutual funds become ETFs", Detlef Glow, head of research at Lipper, wrote recently. Only passive and "real" active remain. Considering the inflow of over 500 billion dollars in the first six months into passive, that sounds plausible. But aren't Lipper missing something? Passive and the hottest topic of the moment - ESG - do not go well together.

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