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08
Nov

How to plot a course to better long-term returns

By Mark Fawcett, FT Adviser
n responsible investment help advisers plot a course to better long term returns for their clients?  We have just celebrated Good Money Week, an event that encourages consumers to make sure banks, pensions, savings and investments are looking after their money properly. It wants people to check whether their money is being used ‘in ways that benefit you, society and the environment.’  Full article
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05
Nov

Does it pay dividends to be an ethics man?1

By Jeff Salway, The Scotsman
Sticking to your principles can be far from easy, says Jeff Salway Savers and investors in Scotland increasingly want their money to make a positive change to society and the environment, a study has found. But while the appetite for ethical products and investments is stronger than ever, working out how best to invest in line with your principles is far from easy. Almost two-thirds of investors in Scotland want their money to support companies that are not only profitable, but also contribute positively to society and the environment, according to research by Triodos Bank. 
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04
Nov

WeeklyWatch: 4th November 2016

By Ethical Corporation
Not-so-clean energy, shipping cuts sulphur, Ecotricity issues bond, forest-fighting app, artisanal mining, teaching circular economy, Uber drivers’ victory, ethical investment dilemma, The Body Shop expands conservation Wind energy boom ‘increasing human rights abuses’ The surge in renewable energy projects over the past six years has led to a sharp rise in allegations of human rights abuse by hydro and wind power developers, according to the Business and Human Rights Resources Centre.
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03
Nov

Public backs sustainable finance ‘kitemark’ label

By Lee Mannion, Pioneers Post
An idea to help customers identify which financial products operate in a sustainable or ethical way has been given a thumbs up by the public in a survey. Of more than 2,000 respondents, 63% supported the idea of a kitemark-style label to help customers identify which financial products operate in a sustainable or ethical way and 43% said it would make them more likely to buy a financial product.
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03
Nov

Best in Class: Mixing income with ethics

By Darius McDermott, FT Adviser
Money Week runs from October 30 to November 5 and raises awareness that sustainable and ethical options can have a positive impact on society without sacrificing financial performance. So it seems apt that, this week, I highlight the Rathbone Ethical Bond fund.  Sitting in the IA Sterling Corporate Bond sector, it invests in quality investment grade bonds and has had one of the highest yields among its peers (currently 4.6 per cent). For an income investor wanting to save responsibly it could be a good core fixed income holding.
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02
Nov

Vigeo Eiris 2016 UK & Europe Retail Fund Estimates Show Strong Responsible Investment

By Blue & Green Tomorrow
The latest estimate by Vigeo Eiris of the size of ethical and green funds across Europe indicates that UK retail investors entrusted more than £15bn to these funds in 2016. This figure is broadly similar to the £15bn figure EIRIS published for the UK alone in 2015. The estimate is based on research from the 17th edition of the study ‘Green, Social and Ethical Funds in Europe’ conducted by Vigeo Eiris in partnership with Morningstar and covering the period June 2015 – 2016.
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02
Nov

Can you make good returns from ethical investing?

By bt.com
It's Good Money Week, where people are encouraged to think about the companies they put their money into and the investment choices they make. And this includes the issue of so-called ethical investing. Research by investment company Architas has revealed that, over a 10-year period, 21 out of the 39 ethical equity funds on the market beat the Ftse All Share, including dividends reinvested. The Ftse All Share has returned 58.8% over the five years to September 30, compared to the Ftse4Good UK benchmark of 63.5%.
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02
Nov

Does the performance of ethical funds stack up?

By David Brenchley, MoneyWise
t is that time of year again when the spotlight is shone on ethical investing, all in aid of Good Money Week, a campaign that promotes investing in 'saint' stocks over the 'sinners'. But while over the past couple of years the ethical investment sector has been on an upward path, it remains a small part of the £950 billion strong UK industry, accounting for £12 billion of assets under management.
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02
Nov

Vigeo Eiris 2016 UK & Europe Retail Fund Estimates Show Strong Responsible Investment

By Blue & Green Tomorrow
The latest estimate by Vigeo Eiris of the size of ethical and green funds across Europe indicates that UK retail investors entrusted more than £15bn to these funds in 2016. This figure is broadly similar to the £15bn figure EIRIS published for the UK alone in 2015. The estimate is based on research from the 17th edition of the study ‘Green, Social and Ethical Funds in Europe’ conducted by Vigeo Eiris in partnership with Morningstar and covering the period June 2015 – 2016.
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01
Nov

SMUG MONEY: There’s no moral maze quite like money

By Rebecca O'Connor, Good With Money
Anyone reading anything about ethical investing this week (which is more likely to be the case this week than most as it’s Good Money Week) might feel a little confused as to what actually counts as ethical and who gets to decide, such is the overwhelming array of criteria and disagreement.
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