“The world is reaching the tipping point beyond which climate change may become irreversible. If this happens, we risk denying present and future generations the right to a healthy and sustainable planet – the whole of humanity stands to lose.”

Kofi Annan, Former Secretary-General of UN

Aim of Portfolio

This is our flagship Positive Impact Portfolio launched in 2014.

 AimBenchmarkTime frameRisk / volatilityExclusionsCapital at risk
Balanced Positive Impact PortfolioTo deliver a return of between 6% and 8% gross over the long-term. This should, in a normalised environment, be above the higher rate of cash or inflation.  Royal London UK FTSE4 Good Index Fund10-years plusThis is best suited for those investors seeking slightly more risk and at the same time wanting an exclusionary strategy.   It looks to deliver a balance between defensive assets, and traditional UK and international assets.   Currently the portfolio has 60% in UK and International Assets whereas the Cautious Positive Impact Portfolio has 43%.YesYes

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About the Portfolio

The name, Positive Impact Portfolio, reflects a desire to achieve positive outcomes for the environment and society without sacrificing returns.

To this end, we build the investments first; whether they fall into the ethical, sustainable or impact bucket is almost irrelevant. We take a blended approach to deliver the best outcomes and the chart below shows the current split between buckets in our Balanced Positive Impact Portfolio.

More details on our approach can be found here

Making a difference

We use analysis from BlackRock for the portfolio. The latest data is shown below based on the holdings as at 1 July 2023.

Split by funds within the Portfolio (as at 1 July 2023)

Fund NamePercentage Holding
Fixed Interest
Rathbone Ethical Bond Fund4.00%KIID
Aegon Ethical Corporate Bond Fund4.00%KIID
Brown Advisory Global Sustainable Total Return Bond Fund4.00%KIID
Greencoat UK Wind PLC5.50%Documents
The Renewables Infrastructure Group Limited5.50%Documents
JLEN Enviromental Assets Group Limited5.50%Documents
Ecofin Global Utilities and Infrastructure Trust8.00%Documents
VT Gravis Clean Energy Income Fund5.50%KIID
Equity Exposure
Premier Miton Responsible UK Equity Fund5.00%KIID
Royal London Sustainable Leaders Fund3.00%KIID
Abrdn Europe ex UK Ethical Equity Fund4.00%KIID
Liontrust Sustainable Future European Growth Fund4.00%KIID
Legg Mason ClearBridge US Equity Sustainability Leaders Fund6.00%KIID
Baillie Gifford Positive Change Fund4.00%KIID
Ninety-One Global Enviroment Fund4.50%KIID
Regnan Global Equity Impact Solutions Fund4.00%KIID
Sarasin Responsible Global Equity Fund4.00%KIID
LF Montanaro Better World Fund4.50%KIID
Impax Enviromental Markets PLC5.00%Documents
Alquity Asia Fund5.00%KIID
FP Carmignac Emerging Markets Fund5.00%KIID

Portfolio Review

Quarterly Portfolio UpdateApril 2023
Quarterly Market Update April 2023
FE Analytics Overview April 2023
Quarterly Portfolio UpdateApril 2023
Quarterly Market UpdateApril 2023
FE Analytics OverviewApril 2023
Quarterly Portfolio UpdateJanuary 2023
Quarterly Market UpdateJanuary 2023
Morningstar Quarter 4 2022January 2023
Quarterly Portfolio UpdateOctober 2022
Quarterly Market UpdateOctober 2022
Morningstar Quarter 3 2022 Portfolio Overview October 2022


The Portfolio was launched on 1 August 2014. The chart shows the total return up to 30 June 2023.

 Total Return Since LaunchAnnualised Return Since Launch
Balanced Positive Impact Portfolio81.43%6.91% p.a.
LWM Benchmark52.20%4.82% p.a.
 20192020202120222023Since Launch
Balanced Positive Impact Portfolio22.33%12.80%11.09%-17.60%0.78%6.91% p.a.
LWM Benchmark18.97%-10.68%16.24%1.15%3.91%4.82% p.a.
 1 Year to 30/06/191 Year to 30/06/201 Year to 30/06/211 Year to 30/06/221 Year to 30/06/23
Balanced Positive Impact Portfolio5.87%6.65%21.12%-10.90%2.66%
LWM Benchmark2.88%-13.35%18.78%2.15%8.87%


You should note that past performance is not a reliable indicator of future returns and the value of your investments can fall as well as rise. The total return reflects performance without sales charges or the effects of taxation, but is adjusted to reflect all on-going fund expenses and assumes reinvestment of dividends and capital gains. If adjusted for sales charges and the effects of taxation, the performance quoted would be reduced.

Important notes

What is the difference between the aim of the strategies and benchmark?

The target or aim is to deliver returns of 6% to 8% p.a. over ten years. This includes the fund charges but not our fees and platform charges.

How do we test these figures?

We follow the BlackRock Capital Market Assumptions https://www.blackrock.com/institutions/en-zz/insights/charts/capital-market-assumptions

These outline the long-term asset return expectations. The current return expectations for the portfolios are:

Cautious Positive Impact Portfolio7.01% p.a.
Balanced Positive Impact Portfolio7.05% p.a.
Adventurous Positive Impact Portfolio7.39% p.a.

Would we review the expectations?

Yes, if the market expectations for returns reduced then we would reduce our long-term return profile. We review this quarterly and although the long-term expectations have come down, they are still within the 6% to 8% target.

Do we guarantee a return of 6% to 8% p.a. over a ten-year period?

This is our stated aim. We do not guarantee this.

Why do we have a benchmark?

The benchmark is a measure of performance.

We use the Royal London UK FTSE4 Good Index Fund as the benchmark across all the portfolios. Our fundamental aim is to deliver a return of between 6% and 8% p.a. over a ten-year period.

The FTSE4 Good Index can include some fossil fuels but is the closest match that we can use. Below is the methodology they use.

It does have exclusions:

We don’t have a ten-year track record on the main Positive Impact Portfolio, and the Cautious and Adventurous Portfolios were only launched in 2020. The table shows performance over 3-years, 5-years and since launch (for the Balanced version this was 1st August 2014).

3-years (p.a.)5-years (p.a.)Since Launch (p.a.)
Cautious Positive Impact Portfolio-1.52%0.03%
Balanced Positive Impact Portfolio-0.61%2.46%6.49%
Adventurous Positive Impact Portfolio0.72%2.43%

How do we measure performance?

Portfolio Level

We have several touchpoints when monitoring performance:

  1. We monitor performance monthly.
  2. We have an internal monthly investment risk matrix. Within this we monitor the target return, and compare the performance to a range of discretionary managed portfolios.
  3. On a quarterly basis we update the website with performance data and provide updates.
  4. From September to February, we carry out a comprehensive review of the portfolios and rebalance on 1 July each year (subject to your approval).

The primary focus of this work is to understand periods of underperformance and adjust where we see appropriate.

Fund Level

As a minimum we look to review all the funds within the portfolios once a year. We write up the notes from these reviews and these are available on the website.

Although we consider longer term performance, we also look at short term performance to understand the reasons for any underperformance or sudden spike in performance. We may change the strategy where we feel that there is a long-term shift in the environment, where we feel the investment will no longer be appropriate, if there are better opportunities, or where there has been a significant change to the operation of the strategy.


The performance data includes the fund charges but not the platform and LWM fees. Fees are fully disclosed. Below are the fund fees as of 31 August provided by Trustnet.

Fund fees
Cautious Portfolio0.74%
Balanced Portfolio0.80%
Moderately Adventurous Portfolio0.89%
Adventurous Portfolio0.90%
Cautious Positive Impact Portfolio0.94%
Balanced Positive Impact Portfolio0.91%
Adventurous Positive Impact Portfolio0.91%
Income Portfolio0.99%
Positive Impact Income Portfolio1.06%

We review our charges within the Consumer Duty Fair Value Assessment. We also disclose under transparency on the website.


You should note that past performance is not a reliable indicator of future returns and the value of your investments can fall as well as rise. LWM only invests in UK based investments although some funds / assets may have overseas holdings, the performance of funds / assets where some holdings are denominated in foreign currencies will also be subject to variations in currency rates.


These factsheets are provided by third parties for information. LWM is not responsible for these factsheets, has not reviewed them, and accepts no liability in connection with your use of them or any of their content. These factsheets display the fund manager’s standard retail charges and please note that product charges and fees may replace the charges displayed.