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ESG investing at IG

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Gyula L.
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Jan 2024
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ESG investing at IG as of January 2024

If you're investing for the long-term and can afford to look beyond simple profits and fees, ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance) investing is a great way to contribute to a more sustainable future.

IG has some ESG-focused products and tools on offer, but maybe not the best on the market. See below if you can find a better alternative.

My key findings in a nutshell
Gyula
Gyula Lencsés, CFA
Stock Market Maestro | Stock Market • Investment • Market Analysis

I've thoroughly tested IG services with our analyst team by opening a real-money account and these are my most important findings:

  • ESG investing focuses on companies' environmental and social practices and impact
  • IG offers a decent number of ESG-themed assets to invest in
  • IG provides OK tools to find and learn about ESG investments
IG ESG services
IG
Overall score
4.5 stars
ESG score
2.1 stars
ESG research quality
-
ESG ETFs
950
ESG funds
-
ESG education quality
Great

Data updated on January 7, 2024

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What is ESG investing?

Are you a long-term investor? Then you probably care deeply about what the world will look like in 20 or 30 years. If you want to help bring about a future that is environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive - and can afford to set aside some or all of your savings for this purpose - we suggest you turn your attention to ESG investing.

What is ESG investing? It is an increasingly popular investment trend that involves taking into account environmental, social and corporate governance factors when deciding what sectors or companies to invest in.

  • Environmental criteria include companies' contribution to (or its efforts to prevent) climate change, pollution or biodiversity loss
  • Social criteria focus on treating employees, customers and suppliers fairly; involvement in armed conflict or humanitarian crises; or efforts to tackle public health issues such as those related to smoking or alcohol consumption
  • Corporate governance criteria involve transparency, protecting shareholders' rights, and leadership quality

The good news is that returns on ESG-focused investments are not necessarily inferior to those on non-ESG investments, although fees may be higher.

If you need more information, read our comprehensive introduction to ESG investing, or check out some helpful ESG investing strategies.

ESG assets at IG

You can always make your own judgment whether a specific stock is ESG-compatible, but ESG investing is easiest via special ESG-themed ETFs (exchange-traded funds) or mutual funds. These are often special versions of popular index funds (such as those tracking the S&P 500) that give a larger weight to ESG-friendly stocks within the index or drop companies that engage in environmentally or socially harmful practices.

Here's what IG and its closest competitors have to offer when it comes to ESG-themed instruments:

IG and competitors ESG product selection
IG
XTB
ESG ETFs
950 4 4
ESG funds
- - -
Stock and ETF fee scores
0.0 stars 5.0 stars 5.0 stars
Mutual fund fee scores
0.0 stars 0.0 stars 0.0 stars

Data updated on January 7, 2024

ESG tools at IG

How can you tell if a stock has a good ESG record? Some brokers have great screeners that help you find the best ESG stocks among the thousands of stocks out there. Short of that, a good search function on your broker's trading platform can help you find ESG-themed ETFs or mutual funds. Some brokers also offer educational articles or webinars on ESG investing.

Here's how we rated these tools at IG and some of its immediate competitors:

IG and competitors ESG tool quality
IG
XTB
ESG research quality
- - -
ESG education quality
Great Poor -

Data updated on January 7, 2024

Best brokers for ESG investing

Do you want to zoom out and pick the best broker for long-term investment based on a full set of criteria including fees, trading platform experience and product selection? Look no further than our list of the best brokers for ESG investing.

Check out this short video for a behind-the-scenes peek into how our experts personally test and evaluate brokers.

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Author of this article

Gyula Lencsés, CFA
Gyula Lencsés, CFA

Gyula is a former analyst expert and Head of Content at BrokerChooser. With over a decade in finance, he led content creation at BrokerChooser and personally evaluated some of our 100+ listed brokers. He opened real-money accounts, executed transactions, and engaged with customer services, offering firsthand assessments. Prior to BrokerChooser, he managed mutual funds in wealth management, trading stocks, ETFs, bonds, commodities, forex, and derivatives. His goal: simplify the hunt for top brokers in a dynamic investment landscape.

Everything you find on BrokerChooser is based on reliable data and unbiased information. We combine our 10+ years finance experience with readers feedback. Read more about our methodology.

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