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Don't Let America's Biggest Money Managers Play Politics with Your Pension

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Are you paying attention to what the money managers who you've entrusted with your lifetime savings are actually doing with your money? Are they investing to get the best possible return they can -- so that you will be able to retire comfortably and perhaps buy a vacation home or leave an estate for your children and grandkids? Or are they injecting their own political biases into the way your money is invested?

Too often of late, they are doing the latter. They are playing politics with your pension. And that's a violation of their fiduciary duty to you as a client. This scam may be costing you tens of thousands of dollars of retirement income. Or more.

I'm referring to the latest fad on Wall Street called "ESG investing." ESG investing secretly directs Americans' personal savings (without our knowledge or explicit approval) into investments that are "green," or otherwise "socially conscious."

The scheme works like this: Left-wing activists invade corporate shareholder meetings at companies like Walmart or Exxon and demand votes on hostile shareholder resolutions like requiring racial quotas in hiring or advancing radical climate change priorities, such as divesting in oil and gas companies (even though these have been some of the top-performing Fortune 100 companies).

Many studies have shown that adopting these onerous ESG mandates REDUCES a company's returns to the shareholders -- i.e., you and I and the 125 million other Americans who have pension money invested in the stock market.

Our new study at the Committee to Unleash Prosperity has graded more than 100 of the largest money management funds -- from Fidelity to Blackrock to Morgan Stanley. In some ways, these money managers run Wall Street and the world economy. They have tens of trillions of dollars under management.

 

Here are the firms that rank worst and got an "F" grade:

Guggenheim Funds: "F"

Mutual of America Funds: "F"

Morgan Stanley Funds: "F"

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