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19
Oct

How ethical are you? Women more likely to look at social and environmental factors when they invest... while men want high returns

By Eleanor Lawrie, This Is Money
Women 10% more likely than men to invest for positive social outcomes Men more likely to say they favour high returns over social considerations UK ethical funds returned an average of 57% over the past five years, almost double the return from the FTSE 100 When it comes to ethical investing, which is the fairer sex? Well, according to new research women investors are more likely than men to take social and environmental values into account when investing.
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19
Oct

It pays to invest ethically

By Money Observer
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 per cent versus 43 per cent over five years to 8 October 2015. Globally, the FTSE4Good Global Benchmark returned 62 per cent compared to 60 per cent for the MSCI World over five years to 8 October 2015.
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19
Oct

Millennials will shape savings culture

By Amanda Young, FT Adviser
It is the younger generation who are thinking about how to be sustainable investors A new generation is beginning to think about savings and investments. This is particularly the case in countries like the UK, where auto-enrolment has been introduced. Thousands of younger savers in Britain are now bringing down the average age of pension scheme membership, with many starting to set aside money for the future in a way that has not been seen for decades.
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19
Oct

Good Money Week - October 2015

By Nyree Stewart, FT Adviser
Sustainable investing is a term that encompasses many different responsible investment strategies. Just a few years ago it would have been called ‘ethical’ investing, with the negative connotations that phrase brings to mind for some investors. A large number still associate ethical, responsible, or environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing as approaches that lead to lower returns.
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19
Oct

5 surprisingly ethical stocks

By Lesley Duncan, Citywire
To mark Good Money Week, Citywire AA-rated fund manager Lesley Duncan highlights five mainstream stocks with strong ethical credentials To mark Good Money Week, we asked Citywire AA-rated fund manager Lesley Duncan to highlight five mainstream stocks that nevertheless boast ethical credentials.
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19
Oct

Why do ethical and sustainable funds still only make up less than 2% of the market?

By Hardeep Tawakley, Investment Week
Investors have stayed away from ethical funds as they supposedly have to give up returns in order to be ‘socially conscious'.  Ethical and sustainable funds still only account for 1.2% of the total UK funds market, despite net retail sales of ethical funds in the UK reaching £460m in 2014, more than double the 2013 figure of £206m, according to the Investment Association (IA).
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19
Oct

Performance vs morals: Do investors lose out with sustainable funds?

By Investment Week
ESG factors can have positive impact on performance Jon Hale and San Lie of Morningstar analyse whether funds with a ‘socially conscious’ theme really do underperform their more mainstream counterparts, or if this is just a modern myth. One of the concerns about sustainable investing in its various forms is it comes with a financial performance penalty. 
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19
Oct

Fact: The Younger The Investors, The More They Care About Values

By Dina Medland, Forbes
The global investment management industry may not know what has hit it. Leadership does not always come from the grey haired folk, particularly in an age of fast technological change, where the best ideas can rise up from the crowd, without structure or planned deliberation.
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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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