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Jan. 7, 2021, 7:01 a.m. EST

The $120 Trillion Investment Trend Transforming Wall Street

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Jan 07, 2021 (Baystreet.ca via COMTEX) -- Investing will never be the same again.

The $120 trillion sustainability trend has left no sector untouched, and it is fueling one of the biggest transfers in capital the world has ever seen.

Blackrock, the world’s largest asset manager with $7 trillion under management, has already said that its clients are looking to double their ESG investment in the next 5 years.

And that is only the beginning.

Within a year, 77% of institutional investors have said they will stop investing in companies that aren’t considered sustainable.

Climate change is being listed as the single biggest concern for money managers around the globe.

And sustainable assets already account for $17.1 trillion of the global market.

But the real size of this opportunity is much, much bigger.

Investors and banks with more than $120 trillion in assets have agreed to start incorporating ESG elements into their investing strategies.

And the impact of these developments can already be seen in the stock market.

With up to $120 trillion in assets looking for a new home, it is no surprise that sustainable stocks like Tesla /zigman2/quotes/203558040/composite TSLA -3.78% , Facedrive (tsx.v:FD)(otcmkts:FDVRF), and Enphase Energy /zigman2/quotes/207948472/composite ENPH -4.22% all soared in 2020.

Enphase took advantage of the solar boom as the oil industry took a major hit and multiple governments moved to reduce emissions.

Tesla saw its stock explode as the electric vehicle movements captured the imagination of a new generation.

Facedrive, perhaps the most exciting of all, found itself at the crossroads of multiple different ESG trends just as the biggest investors in the world searched desperately for a sustainable investment.

This Canadian disruptor with a $1.5 billion market cap entered one of the most exciting upcoming sectors of 2020 with its acquisition of Washington, DC-based Steer--a high-end EV subscription service that plans to transform the way we think about car ownership altogether.

It has made it its mission to bring sustainability to parts of the $5-trillion global transportation industry, and at the same time participate with the $9 trillion healthcare industry, the $850-billion airline industry, the $600-billion major league sports industry, and the $26-billion food delivery segment …

When it comes to finding a diversified and sustainable stock in 2021, this ‘people and planet first’ company is drawing a lot of attention.

What Do Institutional Investors Want?

When it comes to big wins for big money in this new segment, investors invariably turn to tech stocks that can have a large scale impact on the environment, sustainability and governance.

PwC highlighted that “public awareness of ESG-related risks has catapulted climate change and sustainability to the top of the global agenda” and now COVID has brought “the real-life impacts of overlooking ESG factors into the spotlight”.

So in 2021, we can expect this new COVID-driven outlook to only pick up momentum.

The CEO of Blackrock famously stated that he believes that ”we are on the edge of a fundamental reshaping of finance”.

And with that in mind, companies like Facedrive that look to challenge and replace companies that have failed to react to this transformation could be the big winners.

A good example of this is Uber and Lyft, the two transportation giants that entirely reinvented the taxi industry. Both those companies ignored the growing sustainability trend as their businesses exploded, they created more pollution than they displaced, and in terms of governance, they spent most of their time butting heads with local authorities and their own drivers.

And this is just one example of how Facedrive saw an opportunity to use this $120 trillion transformation to create the ride-hailing service of the future. It became the first company to offer riders a choice of EVs and hybrids, it offset the carbon footprint of its riders, and it aimed to work with local government and riders to ensure communities weren’t destroyed.

But that was only the beginning:

Facedrive’s most exciting move in the transportation space came with its recent acquisition of Steer.

Backed by a subsidy of energy giant Exelon /zigman2/quotes/205982254/composite EXC +0.64% , Steer is planning the biggest disruption in the private automobile industry for decades.

Steer offers a seamless, hassle-free technology that gives subscribers access to their own virtual garage of low-emissions vehicles and EVs.

Even more impressively from an investment point of view, for Facedrive (tsx.v:FD)(otcmkts:FDVRF), the deal includes a $2-million strategic investment by Exelon’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Exelorate Enterprises, LLC.

It’s no surprise then that Facedrive is up 566% year to date - and things may well get better in 2021.

The Sustainability Boom Is Only Just Beginning

Many were caught by surprise in 2020 when the ESG investment trend sent stocks soaring by triple digits or even more.

But that was only the beginning.

There isn’t an industry out there that won’t be transformed by the tsunami of ESG capital forming in the stock market.

2020 may have been what Fidelity called a “bumper year for sustainable investing”, but now the regulatory and social impact of all that investing is about to be felt.

According to Fidelity, COVID has turned what was a “relatively niche strategy” into “one of the most significant developments on the investment landscape in recent memory”.

There will be plenty of retail investors looking at the stocks that are set for a rebound in 2021, but the real money is probably going to be made with stocks that didn’t need to recover.

The stocks that are ready for the new reality of markets.

Stocks that are flexible, ambitious, and moved early on this new trend.

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-23.49 -3.78%
Volume: 89.40M
March 5, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
951.24
Dividend Yield
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Market Cap
$573.94 billion
Rev. per Employee
$445,694
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$ 143.55
-6.33 -4.22%
Volume: 6.61M
March 5, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
159.31
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$18.52 billion
Rev. per Employee
$911,088
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$ 39.64
+0.25 +0.64%
Volume: 7.84M
March 5, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
19.71
Dividend Yield
3.86%
Market Cap
$38.70 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.04M
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