Can ESG trading and best execution coexist?

Not everyone thinks making a statement on ESG would work against client interests

Buy-side trading heads have good reason to be wary of proposals to trade only with counterparties that meet certain environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards. After all, they serve as fiduciaries to clients, not to the environment or to a set of social ideals.

But with those same clients asking what the buy side can do to support ESG initiatives, eyes have turned towards the trading desk. Besides adjusting their own operations – like assessing energy usage or expanding diversity and

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