What is Socially Responsible Investing?
Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) means investing in companies that meet a certain threshold of social responsibility. SRI takes into consideration environmental impact as well as social and governance concerns. SRI has become an incredibly popular way to invest, growing tenfold over the past 20 years—there are now $22 trillion in assets worldwide in SRI funds. In Canada alone, SRI accounts for 30% of all financial assets.
What fees does Wealthsimple charge for SRI portfolios?
Wealthsimple charges the same fees for SRI portfolios as non-SRI portfolios (more on how fees work here). However, the fees charged by the firms that manage the ETFs are modestly higher than the fees for regular ETFs—a weighted average of 0.22%, compared with 0.1% to 0.2% for regular Wealthsimple portfolios. It’s not much of a difference, but it is a difference. And there is a good reason for the higher fee: someone smart needs to screen for the most socially responsible companies by combing through reams of data and designing cutting-edge analysis tools. And smart people usually don’t work for free.
Which ETFs are in Wealthsimple's SRI portfolios?
Wealthsimple's SRI portfolio contains the following ETFs:
|Wealthsimple North America Socially Responsible Index ETF||WSRI||Canadian and American stocks that do not violate social and environmental values|
|Wealthsimple Developed Markets ex-North America Socially Responsible Index ETF||WSRD||European, Australian, and Asian stocks that do not violate social and environmental values|
|Wealthsimple North America Green Bond ETF||WSGB||Green and social bonds, which provide fixed income exposure and directly fund projects linked to environmental and social causes|
|BMO Long Federal Bond Index ETF||ZFL||Long term debt securities issued or guaranteed by the Government of Canada|
|SPDR Gold MiniShares Trust ETF||GLDM||Shares tracking the value of physical gold bars held in London vaults|