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News Tag: ethical investments

August 12, 2010

Ethical fund sales continue to rise

by David Masters
Ethical fund sales continue to rise
Sales of ethical funds are at the highest level since the start of the credit crunch, according to new figures published this week. Statistics from the Investment Management Association (IMA) show total ethical investments of £98 million for the second quarter of 2010, an increased of £106 million compared to the -£8 million recorded for the second quarter of 2009. Ethical finance body ...



June 3, 2010

Ethical funds minimise long-term risk

by David Masters
Ethical funds minimise long-term risk
Ethical investments are ideal for investors looking to minimise long-term risk, a financial expert has claimed. Alyce Lomax, columnist at The Motley Fool, said socially responsible investments should be the first choice for investors taking a long-term view. "Investors should focus on stocks whose stellar business practices will help them endure for decades to come," Lomax said in her weekly Motley Fool column. "The basic ...



June 2, 2010

Ethical investments hit £9.5bn

by David Masters
Investors are increasingly looking to make a positive difference to the world with the amount invested in UK-based green and ethical funds reaching a record high. At the end of 2009 the amount invested in these funds totalled £9.5 billion. The figures from ethical research group Eiris represent a 400% rise in ethical investments over the past decade. In 1999, just £2.4 billion was invested in UK-based ethical funds. A ...



March 17, 2010

Ethical investments could increase 1000% this year

by David Masters
Ethical investments could increase 1000% this year
Sustainable and ethical investments are expected to increase their share in the ISA market by more than 1000% this year, according to research by The Co-operative. Ethical investments currently have a 1% share of the ISA market, but The Co-operative predicts that this could increase thirteen-fold later this year as savers use their increased ISA allowance for more eco-friendly investments. The Co-operative's ...



November 17, 2009

Investors want to be told about ethical options

by David Masters
Investors want to be told about ethical options
More than a quarter of UK investors think financial advisers should be legally obliged to inform clients about green and ethical investment options. In a YouGov poll of investors, over a quarter of respondents said the government should introduce rules requiring financial advisers to ask investors if they are interested in green and ethical funds. Half of those surveyed said the ...



Informed investors would invest ethically

by David Masters
Informed investors would invest ethically
Two-thirds of investors would choose to invest ethically if they were properly informed about ethical investment opportunities, research by The Co-operative Investments has discovered. Ethical investments currently equate to less than 2% of the overall UK market. However, when ethical investment opportunities are explained to investors, 65% express interest in putting money into an ethical fund. Ethical investment themes most persuasive to investors included the ...



October 14, 2009

Ethical investments outperform standard funds

by David Masters
Ethical investment portfolios have performed at least as well as other investments, new research has discovered. Nine out of ten wealth managers said ethical funds had performed on a par with, or better than, standard investments. The research was conducted by EIRIS (Experts in Responsible Investment Solutions) to debunk the myth that ethical investments are poor financial performers. Their study found a growing awareness of social and environmental issues among wealth managers. They also ...



September 24, 2009

Financial advisers ignorant of ethical investments

by David Masters
”Financial
Financial advisers are ignorant of ethical investments and lagging behind in their understanding of socially responsible investing, it has been claimed ClearlySo, an online marketplace for social investments, said only when ethical companies get financial advisers on board will there be a "mass conversion" to ethical investing. Writing in charity advice magazine Third Sector, ClearlySo proposed a "three-pronged assault" to bring ethical investment ...



September 23, 2009

Roger Moore: Educated investors make ethical choices

by David Masters
”Roger
Former James Bond actor Roger Moore believes encouraging investors to put their money into ethical businesses is simply a matter of education. Writing in the Daily Mail on the way poultry is treated to produce foie gras, Moore said: "There are vile and inhumane practices all over the world, but I have always been a great believer in the power of ...



September 16, 2009

Ethical investments “not always rubbish”

by David Masters
”Ethical
Ethical investments aren't always rubbish, investment advice site The Motley Fool claimed this week. Fool.co.uk journalist Harvey Jones made the claim following reports that ethical funds dropped by an average of 16.7% in the past year compared to an average 12.4% fall on non-ethical funds. However, looking back to figures from 2007, Jones noticed that ethical funds outperformed their non-ethical counterparts by 29%. "[Ethical funds] ...



September 15, 2009

Aviva Investors sponsors National Ethical Investment Week

by David Masters
”Aviva
Aviva Investors has been announced as the fourth sponsor of the second National Ethical Investment Week, to be held from 8-14 November. The seven-day event brings together charities, IFAs, community groups and financial organisations to raise awareness of ethical and green options for investors. Ethical investors promise to only put money into companies which do not damage the environment or abuse human ...



September 10, 2009

Social responsibility rising up investment agenda

by David Masters
”Social
Investors are increasingly concerned about the impact their investments have on society and the environment, an ethical investment expert claimed this week. Robin Keyte, chair of the Ethical Investment Association (EIA), said the credit crunch and the recession have transformed the way investors think about money. “Following the events of the last two years, an increasing range of investment clients are concluding that ...




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