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31
Oct

What does your bank really do with your money?

By Jemma Moran, The Huffington Post
Whether you have a little or a lot of it, there’s no denying that money is a powerful form of democracy. The way you spend, save and invest is a vote for your values and beliefs. So it’s quite frightening that a new survey this week has found nearly half of all investors have no idea which businesses or industries their money is supporting.
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31
Oct

UK tracker funds are not socially responsible

By Marina Gerner, Money Observer
Tracker funds are financing activities that damage society and the planet because they pump hundreds of millions of pounds into fossil fuel and tobacco companies, warn responsible investment experts at Castlefield Advisory Partners. On the occasion of Good Money Week (30 October-4 November) the advisory company commissioned a report which shows that eight of the UK's nine biggest tracker funds - which together have £16.7 billion under management - invest £1.2 billion, or 9 per cent of their combined value, in fossil fuels.
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31
Oct

Public opinion supports ethical investing 'kitemark' - research

By Hannah Godfrey, Professional Adviser
Public opinion supports the introduction of a kitemark-style label to help identify financial products that operate in a sustainable or ethical way, according to research commissioned to mark Good Money Week.
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31
Oct

Can ethical funds keep up with their rivals? Study claims the 'feel-good' factor costs investors, but fans say a positive impact matters

By Eleanor Lawrie, Thisismoney.co.uk
Do you really know what you're invested in? You could be one of the millions who invest in funds backing tobacco, alcohol, gambling and the arms trade - and may have done very well out of them.   That profit, however, may leave you feeling uncomfortable. So should you back a more ethical investing style?   
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31
Oct

Good Money Week research shows UK want fairtrade finance

By Finance Matters
New research coming out of Good Money Week, a national week to promote responsible investment, shows that the UK public would like ethical investment to be made easier. 63% support the introduction of a ‘kitemark’ style label to help costumers identify sustainable financial products – similar to how shoppers at a supermarket can distinguish fairtrade bananas.
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31
Oct

Public lack ethical investment awareness

By David Rowley, FT Adviser
Over half of the British public are unaware that sustainable and ethical financial products exist, according to annual research carried out by Good Money Week. The initiative, which is sponsored by Aviva, Standard Life Investments and ethical lender Triodos Bank, found that 43 per cent of the public would be more likely to buy a financial product if made aware of such option, a figure that rose to 53% of 18-24 year olds. Full article
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31
Oct

SLI’s Duncan: Mainstream stocks that suit an ethical portfolio

By Lesley Duncan, Fund Strategy
Mainstream companies from across markets, sectors and countries can contribute to an ethical portfolio. To mark Good Money Week, five are listed below that have the potential to not only make money but also make a positive difference to the world. Mondi
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31
Oct

The Week Ahead: Good Money Week plus BP, Shell and Next results

By Valentina Romeo, Fund Strategy
Good Money Week is this week’s protagonist with debates all over the UK on ethical and responsible investing from key industry speakers. This week we’ll also see financial results from BP and Shell, as well as retailer Next. Fund Strategy looks at some key events shaping the week and what to expect. Monday 31 October
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31
Oct

Good Money Week: 5 ethical stocks to power your portfolio

By James Phillipps, CityWire
Good Money Week 2016 Good Money Week kicks off today, highlighting the benefits of ethical and socially responsible investing, and Standard Life UK Ethical fund manager Lesley Duncan names five of her top stock picks that fit the criteria. Research commissioned by SLI to mark the week has underlined the interest in ethical, with 35% wanting their savings provider to offer a fossil fuel-free option, up from 32% last year.
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29
Oct

Tech-savvy Millennial generation prompts evolution of ethical investment

By Herald Scotland
While ethical investment really took off around 25 years ago, ethics and investments have existed for centuries. As far back as 1602 the first company to issue shares, the Dutch East India Company, faced boycotts from religious institutions because of its involvement in the slave trade. This boycott failed then for the same reason that demand for values-based investment is growing today - the ownership of listed companies.
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