By Rupert Jones, The Guardian
You can’t be entirely sure where your cash will go, but funds that have steered clear of controversial sectors such as gas and oil are prospering They have been ridiculed by some and overlooked by others, but ethical investment funds – and the people who have put money into them – are having the last laugh. The funds appear to have benefited from their low or non-existent exposure to sectors such as mining and oil, where share prices have collapsed in recent months.
By Jessica Morris, City A.M.
The world's first peer-to-peer lending (P2P) self-invested personal pension (Sipp) has been launched by P2P investment provider Abundance. The Abundance Pension lets individuals invest in renewable energy projects as part of their retirement savings. However, it comes at a time when the government is scrapping a green tax exemption that's been enjoyed by renewable energy companies since 2001.
By Blue & Green Tomorrow
Ahead of Good Money Week, Castlefield, the UK’s leading specialists in responsible investment unveils key considerations and steps to take if consumers are looking to invest in ethical funds. Investors are becoming increasingly savvy about risks and the consequences of damaging the environment. Following the increase in high profile individuals and pension funds looking to pull their investments out of fossil fuel companies, the survey found that 56% of investors were concerned that they could lose money by investing in these so called ‘stranded assets’, like oil and gas.
By Simon Read, The Independent
Here’s a question: do you think it’s possible to save a fortune while saving the planet? Some believe that you can’t afford to have a social or ethical conscience when it comes to money. They take the view that you have to choose the most profitable ways to save and invest, and that chasing the best returns is not compatible with questioning the ethics or impact of businesses.
By Quakernomics blog
Good Money Week is an opportunity to ensure those you trust with your money are looking after it well and using it in ways that benefit society and protect the environment. For people of faith it has particular relevance as a time to reflect on whether your finances – from your general current account to your pension fund – are properly aligned to your values.
By Rebecca Jones, Money Observer
The idea that returns must be sacrificed in order to invest ethically or sustainably is deeply entrenched in the thinking of many private and professional investors. However, as public awareness of responsible investment principles grows and funds specialising in the area gain longer track records, this assumption is increasingly being challenged.
By Hamish Pringle, The Drum
It’s interesting that in the news coverage of two leisure industry disasters – Thomas Cook and Alton Towers – it’s very hard to find the names of the in-house legal counsel or the law firms who advised the two companies. The chief executives have been high profile, for good (Merlin Entertainments/Alton Towers) and bad (Thomas Cook), but the lawyers have stayed pretty much hidden. I’m not sure that’s fair.
By The Observer
Trends need not be fickle engines of pure consumerism. We have them in ethical living, too you know. 2015 is all about self-reliance. More dynamic than the downshifting trend (work fewer hours, move to the countryside, keep bees), self-reliance is about actively claiming ownership of our lives and wresting supply chains from global corporations. So from food to finance, watch out for local organisations which offer alternative ways of doing things and systems that are not reliant on the whims of big business or local government.
By Capita Connection
Julia Dreblow of ‘sriServices’ offers an overview of some of 2014’s SRI highlights, and their implications for advisers… Good Money Week Fresh in my mind as I write this is UKSIF’s awareness raising campaign ‘Good Money Week’ – formerly ‘National Ethical Investment Week’. The campaign enjoyed phenomenal support this year as the ‘sustainable and responsible investment’ market leaped into action with events organised by IFAs, service providers, fund manager and others.
By Money Market
Investing in values, not just to make money, but to create a better society and protect the environment. This was the main objective of the seventh edition of the Good Money Week, organized by The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) between 19 and 25 of October.