Wells Fargo

Asset Managers/Socially Responsible Investing (SRI)/Impact Investing

One of the leading wealth management, brokerage, and retirement providers in the U.S., Wells Fargo’s Wealth and Investment Management business line focuses on providing solutions that meet clients’ unique needs. Services include comprehensive planning and advice, investment management, brokerage, private banking, estate planning strategies, trust, insurance, and retirement.


Social Impact Investing – in-house investment team within Wells Fargo Wealth Management

Available as separate accounts through Wells Fargo Private Bank, the Social Impact Investing (SII) strategies provide clients with investments that blend traditional Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) practices with the integration of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors. We offer a wide range of strategies across the Social Impact spectrum, from Islamic investing to strategies focused on animal welfare.

Wells Fargo Private Bank SII equity and fixed income strategies are managed by a dedicated in-house team with expertise in responsible investment analysis. The SII offering addresses the three historically common flaws of SRI products: unmanaged risk, high expense and a potential misfit with clients’ specific needs.

  • SII strategies are risk-managed to an institutional standard; tracking error is maintained between 2-3%, in line with most active managers. As a result, the strategies fit well in the larger Wells Fargo asset allocation framework.
  • As an exclusive offering, Wells Fargo Wealth Management clients pay the standard asset management fee and are not additionally charged when making use of the SII offering on the trust platform.
  • Unlike most SRI mutual funds, SII offers defined strategies that fit a broad variety of clients’ value sets through eight proprietary large cap equity strategies and ten SII fixed income strategies. Investors can also benefit from additional customization.
  • The SII team evaluates potential investments by analyzing each company’s ESG policies and practices. This type of analysis is fully integrated into the investment process for each of the strategies.

The combination of proprietary research across fundamental and ESG topics, best practice risk management, the ability to customize targeted strategies to meet client needs, and a beneficial fee structure, makes this offering unique in wealth management.

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