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04
Oct

Why the ethical finance industry is still behind the curve

By Lisa Ashford, City A.M.
Ten years on since the financial crisis, there has already been a great deal of focus and contemplation on how financial services have changed over the past decade. For many consumers, banks are still distrusted, not helped by mis-selling scandals or paltry returns on savings accounts. There has been a notable shift in not only how we interact with our finances through technology, but there’s also been a shift in consumer attitudes too. Full article
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04
Oct

A guide to good money: How to invest ethically and sustainably

By Katherine Denham, City A.M.
Good Money Week is now upon us. Launched in 2005, this campaign has nudged sustainable, responsible, and ethical financial products into the spotlight. And it’s the investment industry where this trend has really gained traction, with terms like socially responsible investing (SRI) and “impact investing” coming to the fore. Indeed, it wasn’t long ago that impact investing used to be a sideline consideration when choosing shares and funds, but it’s now entered the mainstream to become a core part of building a portfolio.
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03
Oct

On the money: Women are failing to save for their pension but beat men when they do

By Simon Read, Evening Standard
Do you need to be a man to invest? Of course not. But fewer women invest than their male counterparts and that could prove a big problem for them. Why? Because as well as the gender pay gap there’s an alarming gender pension gap, with women ending up less financially secure than men in later life. Full article
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03
Oct

Advisers may lose clients if they ignore ethical investments

By Simoney Kyriakou, FT Adviser
Advisers could lose their clients to rivals if they fail to take their customers' views on ethical investment into account, Thesis has warned. Jonathan Yousafzai, head of ethical investment at Thesis Asset Management, said advisers could lose clients if they failed to advise on environmental, social and governance-related funds and investment products. He pointed out these funds were gaining traction with investors but it had taken time for some in the industry to acknowledge the significance of ethical investing, particularly for younger generations.
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02
Oct

Good Money Week - is there an ethical investment divide when it comes to gender

By Samantha Downes, What Investments
Women are only slightly more interested where their money is invested, according to Aberdeen Standard Investments. Aberdeen Standard Investments released findings into attitudes to incorporating environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) issues into investments. Full article
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01
Oct

Good Money Week: why ethical investment really does pay

By Samantha Downes, What Investment
This week is Good Money Week (29 September to 6 October). The campaign, which is in its 11th year promotes sustainable responsible and ethical investing. The UK’s retail ethical investment industry launched in 1984 but  statistics from the Investment Association show funds with ‘ethical’ mandates total just £16.7bn of total assets under management. This representing 1.3% of total industry assets, up slightly from 1.2% in 2017.
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01
Oct

Profit from your principles: How to make money from ethical investments

By Rebecca Jones, i News
The ethical investment sector is booming. According to data from the UK’s Investment Association, sales of ethical funds were up 120 per cent in June compared to the same month last year, while total sales for all types of investment fund fell 74 per cent. Having lingered at around 1 per cent of the industry total for nearly a decade, the share of assets under management in the ethical sector is also finally ticking up – rising to 1.3 per cent (representing £16.3bn) in the year to June as more than £2.5bn has poured into the sector.
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29
Sep

JK Rowling voted best female financial role model

By Associated Press, Mail Online
Harry Potter author JK Rowling has topped a public vote to identify the best female financial role models. But the survey, to mark Good Money Week – from September 29 to October 5 – also found a fifth of people do not think there are any good female financial role models in the public eye. Full article
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29
Sep

Do the right thing and still make money

By Mark Atherton, The Times
The start of Good Money Week today will once more reveal the divided views about ethical investment. Enthusiasts will argue that the amount of money held in ethical funds has trebled in the past decade to £16.7 billion. Critics will contend that this represents little more than 1 per cent of funds under management and that by going ethical you will restrict your investment options. Are you determined to go green, or are you yet to be persuaded? We weigh up the issues.
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29
Sep

Ethical investing: how you can do a power of good

By Rupert Jones, The Guardian
Good Money Week kicks off today, with the aim of highlighting the sustainable and ethical options when it comes to your bank, pension, savings and investments. If you don’t want to hand over your cash to one of the “big four” banks, there are a number of players worth considering, including Triodos Bank, Charity Bank and Ecology building society. All offer savings accounts, while Triodos also has a current account which can be managed online and via the mobile app, but carries a £3 monthly fee.
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