Research Articles

ACS Sustainable Future Fund Press Release

Toronto, October 3, 2022 – Advantage Capital Strategies Group (“ACS Group” or the “company”) is pleased to announce the successful launch of the ACS Sustainable Future Fund on October 3, 2022.
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Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage Industry Note

There exist several barriers for CCUS technology which impede it from occupying a larger role in achieving net zero emissions.
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ACS Responsible Beta Funds Press Release

Toronto, April 26, 2022 – Advantage Capital Strategies Group (“ACS Group” or the “company”) is pleased to announce the successful launch of the ACS Responsible Beta Canadian Equity Fund and the ACS Responsible Beta US Equity Fund.
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Weapons Industry Divestment

At Advantage Capital Strategies Group, we believe that the manufacture and sale of weapons inherently threatens the safety and wellbeing of our communities both locally and globally.
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Tobacco Industry Divestment

It is estimated that the total economic cost of smoking, accounting for both health expenditures and productivity losses together, is equivalent to 1.8% of the world’s annual gross domestic product.
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The Socially-Responsible Investment Landscape

A central premise of SRI is that companies that exhibit negative environmental, social, and governance factors pose both a financial risk as well as a risk to local and global wellbeing.  Ultimately, the industries or companies that an SRI firm decides to exclude vary depending on the firm. 
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Single-Use Plastics

Single-use plastics make up 40% of all plastics produced and are designed to be thrown away after one use. Problematically, these plastics often end up in landfills or our oceans.
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Predatory Lending Divestment Note

Payday loans and other types of predatory lending are problematic because they ultimately prove unaffordable and they disproportionately affect vulnerable people who cannot afford to pay for them. 
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Nuclear Power Investment

Nuclear energy is created when nuclear reactions occur and release heat, which is used to produce steam that powers turbines and creates electricity. This electricity can then be used to power electric cars, heat and light our homes and businesses, and more.
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Industrial Prisons Divestment

Advantage Capital Strategies Group is screening for companies involved in the prison industry primarily because of the detrimental social effects of this industry and because the industrial prison system is inherently at odds with the purposes of a prison.
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Gambling Industry Divestment

According to the Government of Canada, the gambling industry “comprises establishments primarily engaged in: operating gambling facilities, such as casinos, bingo halls and video gaming terminals; or providing gambling services, such as lotteries and off-track betting.” 
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COVID-19 and The Return to “Normal”

COVID-19 has upended life as we know it. COVID-19 will undoubtedly be the biggest story of 2020,  and quite possibly, the biggest story of the entire decade. Despite the negative news, with some  confidence, we can anticipate that a vaccine will be developed and distributed by the end 2021.
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Divestment from the Fossil Fuel Industry

The term ‘fossil fuels’ refers to forms of energy that are created from organic material that is millions of years old. Fossil fuels include: coal, petroleum, natural gas, oil shales, bitumens, tar sands, and heavy oils, all of which can undergo combustion to produce heat for energy.
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Information Note on Fast Fashion

Advantage Capital Strategies Group identifies industries that have detrimental environmental, social, and economic effects and takes action to mitigate risk through screening and advocating for change. We are not currently divested from fast fashion but are aware of the industry as a possible screen...
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