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2019 Divestment Report

Divesting from fossil fuels does not mean sacrificing potential returns.

The six-year investment returns of Genus Capital’s Fossil Free™️ CanGlobe Equity Fund show that investors who divested from climate-impacting fossil fuels in 2013 have not sacrificed returns. Far from it. 

With divesting from fossil fuels for the six-year period ending July 31, 2019, the fund has produced better results than the returns of its benchmark* and the overall Canadian stock market index, both of which include coal and major carbon producing industries.  

*Fossil Free CanGlobe Equity Benchmark: 35% S&P/TSX Composite, 65% MSCI World (04/01/2015 – Present) Benchmark changed from 40% S&P/TSX Composite, 30% MSCI EAFE, 30% S&P 500 (04/09/2013 – 03/31/2015) 

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