Why ethical bond investing is a growing opportunity

Tatjana Greil-Castro writes for CityWire

Socially responsible investing has traditionally focused on equities but more and more markets are opening up in the fixed interest arena, says Tatjana Greil-Castro of Muzinich & Co.

Socially responsible investing (SRI) is growing. Statistics from the Investment Management Association (IMA) show that ethical funds had net retail sales of £74 million in the third quarter of 2010, up 25% from the same period the previous year.

Much of the focus traditionally has been on equity investing, with shareholder activism in particular the preferred method for encouraging changes in corporate behaviour. Until recently socially responsible fixed income investing had been limited to micro-finance, community-based lending and some low-yielding government and investment grade funds. Fortunately this is beginning to change and there is now more opportunity for ethical fixed income investing.

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