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18
Oct

The funds where profits and principles could be perfect partners

By Rebecca O'Connor, The Times
Choosing whether to follow the heart or the head has historically led investors along diverging paths: one spiritually but not financially enriching and the other monetarily but not morally rewarding. It would seem this dilemma is no longer a problem.  
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18
Oct

Ethical investment pays but take-up stays in the slow lane

By Simon Bain, Herald Scotland
Investing for principles as well as profit seems to be working, latest figures show as Good Money Week starts today. The FTSE4Good index, which screens out stocks in tobacco, mining and other ‘non-ethical’ sectors, has beaten the all-share index over the past five years, returning 48per cent versus 43per cent . The global version of the goodie index has made 62per cent, just ahead of the 60per cent delivered by the MSCI world index.
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17
Oct

Throw good money at good firms and achieve good returns

By Simon Read, Independent
It’s the start of a week celebrating ethical investment and supporting companies with a conscience is increasingly paying off 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.
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17
Oct

Thinking ethical pays off as good guys come out on top

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.
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17
Oct

Abundance Pension launches world's first P2P lending Sipp

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.
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17
Oct

Appetite for ‘green investments’ is growing but consumers don’t know where to go for advice about sustainable and ethical funds

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.
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16
Oct

Throw good money at good firms and achieve good returns

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.
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28
Sep

Good Money Week 2015: 18 – 24 October

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.
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18
Sep

Does investing ethically really mean you must sacrifice returns?

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.
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07
Sep

The value of doing good: Can ethics help brands make money?

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.
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