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22
Oct

What is ethical finance?

By Co-operative News
What organisations do with their money is being increasingly caught on the public radar, bringing ethical issues to the forefront. From dodgy tax decisions to questionable investments, businesses are being highlighted more and more for what they do with their customers’ money. Ethics and values are at the core of co-operatives and mutuals, meaning they can offer more examples of sensible investments and long-term decisions. This luxury comes from not being held accountable for a fast buck by shareholders – and it’s one that should be celebrated more widely.
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22
Oct

IFAs on Good Money Week

By Blue & Green Tomorrow
Good Money Week is well underway, with events being held across the country to promote and celebrate sustainable and ethical finance opportunities. The annual awareness-raising event is truly for everyone – not just traditional investors and finance professionals but for all customers and users of financial products.  
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22
Oct

Sustainable investment chief: This is not 'an attack on free markets'

By Financial News
The chief executive of the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association has warned that the “majority of assets are not being run with adequate attention to environmental, social and governance [factors]”.Simon Howard speaks to Financial News during Good Money Week — a UKSIF campaign to raise awareness of sustainable investment — about stranded assets, why ESG should not be detrimental to returns and why he hopes UKSIF won’t be around in 15 years’ time.
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22
Oct

We should bank on a fair deal for everyone

By The Scotsman
Ethical investment is for savers large or small, says Murdo Macdonald.   It was that great 20th century philosopher Bob Dylan who reminded us: “Money doesn’t talk – money swears!” Of course, he wasn’t the first person to warn of the dangers of money: Jesus warned his hearers, 2000 years earlier, that “you cannot serve both God and money” (Luke 16: 13). So, if money is so toxic, what is “Good money Week” (GMW) (19-25th Oct 2014) all about?
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21
Oct

2014: another year of growth for Green, Social and Ethical retail funds in Europe

By Vigeo
In 2013/2014, the European SRI retail fund market has continued to grow: assets under management (AUM) are now € 127bn (€108bn last year) within 957 funds (922 in 2013), The five largest asset increases have been recorded in France (€7.6 bn), UK (€3.1 bn), Spain (€1.7bn), Switzerland (€1.2 bn) and Sweden (€1.1 bn), The market share of SRI funds increased in all markets, recording remarkable increases in the Netherlands (17.8% of the national AUM), Belgium (7.5%), France (4%), Switzerland (3.8%) and Germany (3.1%).
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21
Oct

Info not readily available for ethical investors

By Money Observer
Although almost two-thirds of UK investors want to invest ethically in the next few years, TD Direct Investing claims not enough information is readily available for them to make an informed decision. A survey of investors by the investment platform found that 64 per cent plan to invest ethically in the near to mid future, but 57 per cent need more information about the performance of ethical stocks before they commit, and 42 per cent find it difficult to find information about specific funds.
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21
Oct

Advisers, banks and providers failing on ethical reporting

By FT Adviser
Most people state categorically that they want their money to be invested in line with ethical principles, but failures in reporting from advisers, banks and providers means many do not understand that their own savings and pensions contained ethical options, research has found.
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21
Oct

Public urges finance experts to cut the jargon

By Blue & Green Tomorrow
The majority of the British public believes that the government and other institutions must cut the jargon and do more to effectively communicate financial information, according to a new poll. Commissioned by the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) to coincide with Good Money Week, the poll reveals 45% of people admit to having been confused when receiving financial information. Some 77% of respondents said they did not know how sustainable investment works, while 55% and 27% respectively were unsure what a credit union or ISA is. 
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21
Oct

Good Money Week: ‘Finance affects everybody

By Blue & Green Tomorrow
Simon Howard has sat at the helm of the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) for 18 months. Before that he gained over twenty years of investment management experience, in a City career that took him from Liverpool Victoria to 3i Asset Management, via Friends Provident. Growing increasingly concerned by investors’ failure to factor in the risks of climate change and other irresponsible practices, Howard joined the sustainable development charity Forum for the Future. Soon after, UKSIF’s top job beckoned.
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21
Oct

National Ethical Investment Week rebranded as Good Money Week to broaden remit

By City A.M.
Those of you feverishly anticipating the return of National Ethical Investment Week will have been disappointed yesterday by its demise. The campaign has been killed off by the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) and rebranded as Good Money Week. Why? “To make it more accessible to a wider audience,” says the group’s website. Before we all accuse UKSIF of underestimating the British public’s understanding of the term “ethical,” it turns out the re-brand was designed to broaden the week’s remit.
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