Morningstar Fund Ratings: Weekly Round-up

It's a busy week for Morningstar Analyst rating changes, with two upgrades and five downgrades

Matias Möttölä, CFA 10 November, 2020 | 2:59PM
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BGF ESG Multi-Asset – Neutral

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We have initiated coverage on the BGF ESG Multi-Asset fund from BlackRock with a Morningstar Analyst Rating of Neutral for its clean share classes. The fund was transformed into an ESG offering in March 2019. Within equities, a combination of industry exclusions amd screens based on MSCI’s ESG ratings lead to a best-in-class portfolio which tends to have a slight quality tilt. Bolstering the fund’s ESG credentials are also a list of impact investments such as social housing and renewables. Although we think the biases resulting from the ESG investments have been kept well in control so far, we think it’s still early to gain conviction in the renewed process. Same goes for the two portfolio managers Jason Byrom and Colin McKenzie who are backed by a solid team and have access to vast resources within the organization, but took over the fund only in May 2018.

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Matias Möttölä, CFA

Matias Möttölä, CFA  is a fund analyst and editor of