Socially responsible investing

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Investing with a Conscience: The Rise of ESG and What Really Matters to Investors

Socially responsible investing has really blossomed in the past few years. What used to be viewed as a niche investment philosophy is now firmly planted in the mainstream, with everyday consumers using their dollars to support companies that align with their personal values around sustainability and social progressiveness. But beyond the day-to-day choices, like what

Researchers uncover indoor pollution hazards

When most people think about air pollution, they think of summertime haze, traffic or smokestack exhaust, wintertime inversions, or wildfire smoke. They rarely think of the air that they breathe inside their own homes. In a new study of indoor air quality, a team of WSU researchers has found surprisingly high levels of pollutants, including

Impact investing glossary

If you’re interested in learning more about impact investing or becoming active in the space, there are several industry terms you should be aware of. Familiarity with these concepts will provide a foundation for diving deeper into the impact investing landscape. General impact investing terminology Development finance institution (DFI) A blanket term to describe varying

How to Ensure ESG Investing Isn’t Whitewash

AS PEOPLE’S INTEREST IN socially responsible investing grows, mutual fund and exchange-traded fund issuers are introducing more investment vehicles to allow people to align their dollars with their values. Among the $46.6 trillion of U.S. professionally managed assets at the end of 2017, $12 trillion – roughly 26% – was earmarked for sustainable investing, according to data from

Socially Responsible Investing Sounds Appealing, but Does it Actually Work?

Make money, do good, feel good, save the planet. That’s the pitch for socially and environmentally responsible investing. And this form of investing is a good one—clean water, not clean coal, to simplify it. Millennial investors, who don’t yet have enough money to do much with it, and family offices, which have billions at their disposal and

Best Earth Day-Friendly Robo Advisors for Socially-Responsible Investing

When it comes to investing, we tend to primarily think about our ROI – return on investment. But now that we’re surrounded by groups supporting social causes, it might be time to rethink your investment philosophy. Yes, you might be able to earn more by investing in whatever is the best investment overall–but have you

Trump creates positive effect on socially responsible investing

Donald Trump’s surprising ascent to president of the United States has brought many unexpected effects to the financial markets. Ironically, one has been a rapid increase in interest and adoption of impact investing and other types of values-based investing. Impact investing, or values-based investing, is a type of investing that helps people and/or organizations align

Socially Responsible Investing Has A Politics Problem

As a topic up for public discussion, socially conscious investing comes with some political touchiness, mostly thanks to its inherent interconnection with the broader climate science debate. Just as our overall political climate has pulled us further apart and closer to the poles of our partisan spectrum, the divisiveness surrounding socially conscious investing has created

Impact Investing Must Hold Chinese Companies to Same Ethical Standards

Socially responsible investing has gained traction in recent years. Traditionally, an underperforming niche product ignored by most serious investors, it has become a key investment rationale and a differentiator among portfolio managers. There has been tangible growth of investment in companies that make a positive impact in terms of environmental, social, and governance issues—or ESG

The Sustainability Game

When it emerged on the scene a decade ago, sustainable finance was widely regarded as little more than a boutique business for a relative handful of concerned investors. Today, it might be on the cusp of prime time. “They said that 2018 would be the year of socially responsible investing. Now they say 2019,” says

The State of Socially Responsible Investing

In 2007, the European Investment Bank issued its first green bond, a EUR 600 million equity index-linked security, whose proceeds were used to fund renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. A year later, the World Bank followed suit, and by 2017, over $155 billion worth of public and corporate green bonds had been issued, paving

How to Evaluate Socially Responsible Investing

FINDING SOCIALLY responsible investments is easier than ever before, but questions still remain around just what impact these investments are actually having. A responsible fund may call itself a low-carbon exchange-traded fund, but how much carbon is it actually mitigating? "The challenge for impact investors is it can be hard to understand what's actually going on in

SRI, ESG And Impact Investing – A Natural Evolution For Investment Management?

Summary Exploring the differences and applications of SRI, ESG And Impact Investing from one independent money manager's practical experience that argues they should be integrated in core investment processes and thinking. In today’s business environment, social investing methodologies can add a series of new astute business analysis factors and be seen as a natural evolution

Impact Investing: The Intersection Of Funding Founders Of Color

In the past couple of years, lots of capital has poured into social impact businesses, taking pages out of the original black investors playbook. Since venture capital funds have long sought out high growth companies with strong bottom lines, factoring in a new level of consciousness can be tricky. The Breakdown You Need to Know

When will “socially responsible investing” become just “investing”?

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the global financial crisis, bringing with it an inescapable reminder of the power of the finance industry. While many tangible things have changed over the past decade—from stricter regulation to big banks’ leadership ranks—more subtle, yet no less consequential, shifts are also underway in the financial world. It

ESG funds: What you need to know about socially responsible investing

Don’t worry if you don't know what ESG means. Odds are high that this acronym will become part of your vocabulary — and part of your portfolio — in the near future. "Environmental, social and governance" funds focus on sustainable, socially conscious investing. Such investing, “has gained considerable traction and continues to be an important focus not just for institutional investors, but individual

For just $5, you can now start a responsible investment portfolio

People interested in investing typically have two hurdles to clear: First, the learning curve associated with where their money might go, and, perhaps more importantly, making sure they can afford it. Of course, you need to learn learn how to invest 100k before you start investing any money. Knowledge is very important! For millennials, that’s

Impact Investing: Using Your Dollars to Make Change

Maybe you’re the sort of person who participates in boycotts, deletes an app or protests a company because of an issue you’re passionate about. But what if you invested in the company instead? It may seem counterintuitive, but one way to effect change is through impact investing — investing in a company with the goal