Assets under management (AUM): $229.06M (in US$ millions) - See other performance data below
General Fund Type: Bond (Fixed Income)
Specific Sizes or Types of Investments: Intermediate-Term Bond
Financial Objective: The Fund seeks to maximize income, to the extent consistent with preservation of capital, primarily through investment in bonds, with a focus on opportunities related to climate change and other environmental issues.
Specific ESG Focus: The Fund seeks to invest primarily in securities of corporate and non-corporate issuers focused on providing solutions to climate change and other environmental challenges. The Fund will seek to source and identify bonds focused on environmental sustainability challenges, including clean energy development and technology; water and waste management; and products and services that may reduce or improve their ecological impact. Bonds issued by corporate leaders in environmental sustainability are also considered for inclusion. The Fund seeks to invest in companies and other enterprises that demonstrate positive environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) performance as they address sustainability challenges. Calvert believes that there are long-term benefits in an investment philosophy that attaches material weight to sustainability issues. Calvert also believes that managing risks and opportunities related to sustainability can contribute positively to company performance as well as to investment performance.
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Calvert Research and Management
Mutual Funds Description: Established in 1976, Calvert is a diversified investment management firm serving individual and institutional investors. Offers a wide array of products including more than 40 equity and fixed income mutual funds, workplace retirement options, and a national 529 college savings program. Recognized as a leader in taxable bond investing, Calvert also manages the largest family of mutual funds in the US that feature integrated environmental, social, and governance research.
Minimum Account: $2,000.00
Screening Venue: In-house
Calvert’s Sustainability Analysts
Screening Database Used:
Calvert Proprietary Database
A company must have at least half of its revenue derived from clean tech or an environmentally beneficial technology, product, or service.
A company that does not meet the primary criteria of providing a green technology, product, or service may still be considered as “green” if it can be determined that it is an environmental sustainability leader within its industry. A company is an environmental sustainability leader when it demonstrates policies and programs that manage the environmental risks associated with its industrial processes and that address global environmental sustainability challenges such as pollution control, climate change, resource
management, and ecosystem conservation.
Bonds may meet green criteria if it can be determined that the capital is directed towards meeting green challenges such as the following:
• clean energy development or technology;
• smart growth and transit;
• energy and fuel efficiency;
• ecosystem and land conservation;
• pollution prevention;
• waste management; and
• water resources management.
Such bonds may also pertain to green real estate and development projects.
In addition, all project-related bonds are assessed for any serious adverse events or controversial issues that may outweigh the environmental benefit of the project.
The Fund seeks to avoid investing in companies classified under the tobacco industry sector of the
Barclays Global Aggregate Index, the Barclays U.S. High Yield Index or the Barclays Global Emerging Market Index; or, in the opinion of the Fund’s Advisor, any similar securities in the Barclays Municipal Index.
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- Climate / Clean Technology: Combination of Positive and Restricted/Exclusionary Strategies
- Pollution / Toxics: Combination of Positive and Restricted/Exclusionary Strategies
- Other Environmental: Combination of Positive and Restricted/Exclusionary Strategies
- Community Development: Combination of Positive and Restricted/Exclusionary Strategies
- Diversity & Equal Employment Opportunity: Combination of Positive and Restricted/Exclusionary Strategies
- Human Rights: Combination of Positive and Restricted/Exclusionary Strategies
- Labor Relations: Combination of Positive and Restricted/Exclusionary Strategies
- Conflict Risk: No Screens
- Board Issues: Combination of Positive and Restricted/Exclusionary Strategies
- Executive Pay: Combination of Positive and Restricted/Exclusionary Strategies
- Alcohol: Restricted/Exclusionary Investment
- Animal Welfare: Restricted/Exclusionary Investment
- Defense/Weapons: Restricted/Exclusionary Investment
- Gambling: Restricted/Exclusionary Investment
- Tobacco: Restricted/Exclusionary Investment
Year-to-date rate of return: 2.76%
1-year rate of return: 4.24%
3-year rate of return: 2.35%
5-year rate of return: 2.56%
10-year rate of return: --
Previous year rate of return: 0.29%
Management fee: 0.42%
Expense ratio: 0.85%
Standard deviation: 2.45%
Benchmark used: Barclays Capital US Aggregate Bond | External link (Opens in a new window)
Disclaimer: Investment in the Fund involves risk, including possible loss of principal invested. Investing primarily in green investments carries the risk that, under certain market conditions, the Fund may underperform funds that invest in a broader array of investments. In addition, some green investments may be dependent on government tax incentives and subsidies, and on political support for certain environmental technologies and companies. The green sector may also have challenges such as a limited number of issuers and liquidity in the market, including a robust secondary market. The Fund is subject to interest rate risk and credit risk. When interest rates rise, the value of fixed-income securities will generally fall. In addition, the credit quality of the securities may deteriorate, which could lead to default or bankruptcy of the issuer where the issuer becomes unable to pay its obligations when due. An active trading style can result in higher turnover (exceeding 100%), may translate to higher transaction costs, may increase your tax liability, and may affect Fund performance. The Fund is non-diversified and may be more volatile than a diversified fund.