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Oct

Why are investors shunning ethical funds?

By Philip Scott, Money Marketing
Investors who have aligned their principles with their portfolio choices over recent years have enjoyed firm gains against more conventional investment vehicles. So why do ethical funds continue to exist on the periphery of the market? Good Money Week, formerly known as National Ethical Investment Week, ran from 18-24 October and once again put the sector in the spotlight.
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24
Oct

The only way is ethics for investors with a conscience

By Jeff Salway, The Scotsman
Investing in line with your principles doesn’t mean sacrificing profit, new research shows – yet demand for ethical funds remains relatively sluggish. Funds that steer clear of controversial industries or which invest in line with ethical and socially responsible criteria have typically outperformed over the past 12 months, according to figures published to mark Good Money Week, which ends today.
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23
Oct

Revealed: Scotland's top fund manager is Standard Life's Thomas Moore

By Simon Bain, Herald Scotland
Standard Life Investments’ Thomas Moore has made it a hat-trick of table-topping appearances in The Herald’s Citywire table of best-performing fund managers in houses with a significant Scottish presence. The manager of SLI’s £1billion UK Equity Income Unconstrained fund has climbed to a heady 21st place in the table of 4277 managers Europe-wide with a Citywire rating, for three-year performance to the end of August. His fund, however, did see its relative performance slip slightly in the subsequent month, according to Lipper figures for ILP Moneyfacts.
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23
Oct

It pays to invest ethically

By Adrian Lowcock, Interactive Investor
Sunday saw the start of Good Money Week (18 to 24 October), which looks to promote ethical investing. The campaign, previously branded "National Ethical Investment Week", is in its eighth year. Leading ethical benchmarks have beaten their non-ethical peers over five years. In the UK the FTSE4Good UK Benchmark beat the FTSE All Share Index, returning 48% versus 43% over five years to 8 October 2015. Globally, the FTSE4Good Global Benchmark returned 62% compared to 60% for the MSCI World over five years to 8 October 2015.
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21
Oct

Investor Views: "Ethical Investing has Boosted My SIPP"

By Emma Simon, Morningstar
It’s Good Money Week; when ethical investment companies try to encourage investors of think about what their money invested in pensions, ISAs and bank accounts is really funding. One investor they don’t have to convince is Martin Appleton, who has seen the benefits of taking an ethical approach for himself. Appleton runs the family’s engineering business, Seco, which manufactures high-quality industrial power tools. When he and his brother took over the business, they set up SIPPs to provide a company pension.
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20
Oct

Money Video round-up: the personal finance news of the week

By Simon Read, The Independent
It’s Good Money Week, celebrating ethical investment Some believe that you can’t afford to have a social or ethical conscience when it comes to money. Others say the real question is: how can you afford not to have a social or ethical conscience when dealing with finance? In fact making the right ethical decisions may well help improve your financial fortunes – and you won’t be alone: the clamour for a more positive approach to saving and investing is growing.
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20
Oct

Demand soars for ethical investment as Ecotricity issues latest mini bond

By Business Green
Demand soars for ethical investment as Ecotricity issues latest mini bond Rising demand for ethical investment opportunities is attracting new green money tools to the market, but are they arriving fast enough? Ecotricity is offering investors six per cent return on a new four-year mini bond that will finance investment in renewable energy, as a new survey reveals more than half of British investors want their money to have a positive impact.
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20
Oct

Good Money Week reminds us that financial decisions matter

By The Church of Scotland
This week is Good Money Week, an opportunity for us take a look at how we handle our finances and to ask whether we could do better. "Good use of money is not just about pension funds and investment decisions," says Murdo Macdonald, policy officer for the Church. "There are lots of ways that individuals and congregations can make financial decisions that are good for our environment, good for society and help others in Scotland and across the world."
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19
Oct

1.85 million Brits financing 'positive investment' market

By Brad Allen, edie.net
A record 1.85 million people across the UK have invested a total of £3.6bn in ways that to create positive social and environmental impact, according to a market update from investment platform Ethex. ‘Positive investments’ in ethical banks, community shares and businesses with a strong social or environmental mission grew by 11% last year - more than four times faster than the 2.4% average growth of UK household savings and investments over the past five years.
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19
Oct

“Make Our Money Count” Public Demand For Sustainable Pensions & Savings Reaches Record High

By Blue & Green Tomorrow
Annual research for ‘Good Money Week’ has found that 54% of British investors want their investments to have a positive impact, beyond just making money. A record high since polling began in 2009.
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