(PatriotHQ) Biden wants your retirement funds to be invested. Three ways to safeguard yourself.
Many employer-managed 401(k) plans may automatically invest your contributions in woke funds.
Beyond Words! The White House recently issued a immediate regulation allowing Retirement fiduciaries, including 401(k) plan managers, to give retirement options that take into account environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues such as climate change and social justice initiatives. The move has the potential to drastically alter retirement investing for most Americans
Previously, those in charge of a large number of retirement saving were expected to prioritize the highest possible return on their investments. The Biden administration is allowing employers and private pension fund managers to effectively politicize retirement investments by opening the door to left-wing investments .
Todays regulation requires a retirement account fund manager or employer to continue to pledge to prioritize the interests of retirees, which has been a long-standing requirement, but fiduciaries will be allowed to include factors such as climate change and other ESG considerations in their analyses and decision-making processes. By design, this will allow left-wing employers and fund managers to use retirement account to promote leftist causes.
The regulation is a huge victory for those who believe that investments dollar should be used to promote a left-wing ideological agenda. In June 2021, the total value of 401(k) account in the United States was a whopping $ 7.3 trillion. Although many of that wealth is likely to end up in ESG funds as a result of Biden’s regulatory change, if even one-third of those funds do, trillions of dollar’s could flow toward companies that support liberal ideals.
‘We can solve it through the market,’ says Vivek Ramaswamy of ESGs.
Some employees may not notice any changes to their 401(k) and other retirement options in the coming year or two, but others will find themselves forced to choose between a small amount of ESG-focused investments funds, effectively requiring some employees who want to take advantage of the tax benefits offered by 401(k) plans to contribute to beliefs with which they disagree.
According to the Biden administration, fund managers who take advantage of the todays rule are not abandoning their commitment to help retirees make better incomes, because good investments decisions should take climate change and other ESG factors into account. However, history has shown that ESG funds do not outperform those that simply seek the highest possible return on investments.
In an article about ESG investing published earlier this year in the Harvard Business Review, for example, professor Sanjai Bhagat stated, “To begin with, ESG funds certainly perform poorly.” University of Chicago researchers examined the Morningstar sustainability ratings of over 20,000 mutual funds representing over $ 8 trillion in investor savings in a recent Journal. Although the highest-rated sustainability funds attracted more capital than the lowest-rated funds, none of the high-sustainability funds outperformed any of the lowest-rated funds.
ESG investing is the “single greatest threat” to capitalism and democracy, according to Vivek Ramaswamy.
How can you safeguard yourself against being forced to invest in ESG funds? First, inform your employer, pension fund manager, or other fiduciary in charge of your retirement plans that you do not want to participate in ESG investing. The Biden rule does not require ESG investments; rather, it allows fiduciaries to make them available.
Second, under todays Biden rule, employers can make an ESG fund the default option for employees with 401(k) account. That means that employees who do not normally choose specific 401(k) investments may have their monies invested automatically in an ESG fund. Many employees will not even notice the change. If you want to opt-out of this in the future, make sure to submit your own 401(k) elections.
Third, if your employer or pension manager severely limits your options, making ESG investing difficult to opt-out when contributing to a 401(k), think about other investments options that would give you more control over your monies. An individual retirement account, or IRA, for example, could be a better option.
Biden’s latest regulatory change is intended to direct more monies, potentially trillions, toward causes supported by him and other progressives.
If you do not want your monies to be used to advance ESG efforts, you must begin planning.