ESG investing with Schwab
Happy Anniversary, Schwab Ariel ESG ETF!
Celebrating 1 year of helping advisors and clients pursue their ESG investment goals.
On November 16, 2021, Schwab and Ariel Investments, LLC, the first African American-owned investment management firm in the U.S., teamed up to launch the Schwab Ariel ESG ETF (SAEF). The fund combines Schwab’s ETF expertise with Ariel’s robust proprietary Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) investment process.
This fund is different from traditional ETFs.
Traditional ETFs tell the public what assets they hold each day. This fund will not. This may create additional risks for your investment. For example:
- You may have to pay more money to trade the fund’s shares. This fund will provide less information to traders, who tend to charge more for trades when they have less information.
- The price you pay to buy fund shares on an exchange may not match the value of the fund’s portfolio. The same is true when you sell shares. These price differences may be greater for this fund compared to other ETFs because it provides less information to traders.
- These additional risks may be even greater in bad or uncertain market conditions.
- The ETF will publish on its website each day a “Proxy Portfolio” designed to help trading in shares of the ETF. While the Proxy Portfolio includes some of the ETF’s holdings, it is not the ETF’s actual portfolio.
The differences between this fund and other ETFs may also have advantages. By keeping certain information about the fund secret, this fund may face less risk that other traders can predict or copy its investment strategy. This may improve the fund’s performance. If other traders are able to copy or predict the fund’s investment strategy, however, this may hurt the fund’s performance.
For additional information regarding the unique attributes and risks of the fund, see Proxy Portfolio Risk, Premium/Discount Risk, Trading Halt Risk, Authorized Participant Concentration Risk, Tracking Error Risk and Shares of the Fund May Trade at Prices Other Than NAV in the Principal Risks and Proxy Portfolio and Proxy Overlap sections of the prospectus and/or the Statement of Additional Information.
Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) Investing
The events of the last few years have driven greater attention toward investments that address renewable energy, human capital, corporate governance and more. Learn more about how the ESG space is evolving and what to consider for a portfolio.
For more educational information on semi-transparent, also known as non-transparent ETFs, here are some educational articles: