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Aus Ethical launches eco-friendly property fund

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by David Masters
Aus Ethical launches eco-friendly property fund

Australian Ethical Investment (Aus Ethical) has launched a new property fund that invests in eco-friendly buildings.

The Aus Ethical Property Trust only invests in energy efficient buildings with a minimum 5-star Green Star rating.

Investors in the fund should expect long-term capital growth and a moderate income stream, the company said.

The fund aims to provide returns at 3% above the consumer price index (CPI) over five year periods.

Aus Ethical believes energy efficient properties have the potential to provide better returns than traditional properties.

Commenting on the launch of the fund, Romilly Madew, chief executive of the Green Building Council of Australia, said: “A range of independent studies has confirmed that green building practices improve an asset’s value by securing tenants more quickly, commanding higher rents or prices, enjoying lower tenant turnover and costing less to operate and maintain.”

“Investors wanting to do the right thing by the environment will also do the right thing financially.”

In related news, Aus Ethical has updated its online services to make them simpler to use and easier to understand.

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