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[$$] Do-Good Funds Finally Are Paying Off in Performance. Will It Last?

ESG exchange-traded funds are having their day. Over the past 10 years, ETFs with a focus on environmental, social and governance issues have fallen short of broad stock-market returns. “Long-term studies show these funds have a chance to outperform, but you can’t draw any conclusions from one year,” says Hortense Bioy, director of passive-fund research in Europe for investment researcher Morningstar.