Bank Sector Update

Certain regional banks in the U.S. encountered a perfect storm of challenging conditions with devastating consequences this spring. In particular, SVB Financial* and First Republic Bank* were hit by a confluence of events that included high interest rates, highly concentrated and connected clients, significant deposits above the federally insured amount, and weaker regulation and oversight that led to their vulnerability. While these banks demonstrated positive environmental characteristics, such as supporting renewable energy projects, they were not immune to strong negative market forces and significant withdrawal of deposits.

While other regional banks such as Signature* and KeyCorp* were also caught in the increased financial sector volatility, these issues do not appear to be affecting the entire banking sector. First Citizens Bank ultimately acquired SVB in late March and a consortium of the largest banks supported First Republic with deposits.

The Green Century Funds were impacted by owning small positions in regional banks. As of December 31, 2022, the Green Century Balanced Fund held as a % of net assets the following holdings:

  • SVB Financial Group (Silicon Valley Bank): 0.41%
  • First Republic Bank: 0.76%

Exposure for the Green Century Equity Fund as a % of net assets as of December 31, 2022, for the following holdings was:

  • SVB Financial Group (Silicon Valley Bank): 0.08%
  • First Republic Bank: 0.13%

Both positions were liquidated by the Balanced Fund during the quarter ending March 31, 2023. The Equity Fund removed its holding in SVB Financial and retains a minimal holding in First Republic Bank as of March 31, 2023.

The Green Century MSCI International Index Fund did not have exposure to Credit Suisse* as of the quarters ending December 31, 2022, or March 31, 2023. The portfolio managers continue to monitor the sector closely.






⁰Green Century Capital Management, Inc. (Green Century) is the investment advisor to the Green Century Funds (the Funds).

*As of March 31, 2023, First Republic Bank comprised 0.00%, 0.01%, and 0.00%, KeyCorp comprised 0.00%, 0.06% and 0.00% of the Green Century Balanced Fund , the Green Century Equity Fund , and the Green Century International Index Fund, respectively. As of the same date, other securities mentioned were not held in the portfolios of any of the Green Century Funds. References to specific securities, which will change due to ongoing management of the Funds, should not be construed as a recommendation by the Funds, their administrator, or their distributor.

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This information has been prepared from sources believed reliable.  The views expressed are as of the date of publication and are those of the Advisor to the Funds.

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