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A guide to ethical investing

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

By Kate Saines

Published at Myfinances.co.uk

When deciding where to invest our money, our biggest priority is naturally finding a product which provides the highest returns.

But for a growing number of investors, knowing the money is going to be beneficial to not only the company whose shares we are buying but to the sustainability of the planet is just as essential.

With household spending on ethical goods and services tripling in the past ten years, according to the Co-operative Bank, it will come as no surprise to hear that sales of ethical funds are now rising too.

So, if you are keen to invest some money but you want to do so responsibly here’s our guide to ethical investments.

Read the full article: A Guide to Ethical Investing

Impact Investing — Using Green Thinking to Make Green Dollars

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

April Rudin writes for the Huffington Post:

Impact, socially responsible or sustainable investing has slowly crept onto the investment scene as an alternative asset class. But it has gained attention, in part, to mitigate the bad karma created by Madoff and others, non-transparency of investments, the recession, low interest rates, a depressed economy, and high unemployment. Socially responsible investing is the feel-good asset class. It’s the intersection of banking, philanthropy and Wall Street. Investors are shunning ‘get rich’ firms who are ruining our planet. Upcoming Gen-X and Gen-Y investors and their dollars want to make a difference. It will therefore be a growing social community of like-minded investors.

Simultaneously, increasing numbers of high net-worth individuals, wealth managers, institutional and other investors want to “doing good while doing well.” These individuals are of the baby-boomer generation. Some have been late adopters and doubted the “depth” of this movement but clearly there is groundswell among those who want to generate return either partially or even wholly through funds or direct investments. This has led to the creation of boutique Wall St. firms which zero in on this specialization and larger financial institutions have creating small teams to focus on locating, understanding and vetting investment opportunities. As it is early, there is still conversation over whether or not impact investing is indeed an asset class or an underlying strategy which will be eventually used in all products.

Read the complete article: Impact Investing — Using Green Thinking to Make Green Dollars

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