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The perils of investment crowdfunding

May 22, 2016

The Securities and Exchange Commission's crowdfunding regulations went into effect last week, which means financial advisers have another reason to pay close attention to this fast-evolving and largely misunderstood space. To begin with, we're...

SunEdison's hard lesson for renewable-energy investors

March 31, 2016

The spiraling collapse of the once high-flying renewable-energy giant SunEdison (SUNE) is mostly a story about an overly-aggressive growth strategy that saddled the company with more debt than it could handle. But it is also a story about the...

Morningstar expands access to ESG fund scores for socially conscious investors

March 17, 2016

Morningstar Inc.'s new mutual fund sustainability rankings have been rolled out to the general public, giving individual investors a new tool for determining how well specific funds score when it comes to environmental, social and corporate...

Time for advisers to brush up on ESG investing

March 13, 2016

Any financial adviser who has not been asked about socially responsible investing by a client likely will be in the near future, and he or she needs to be well-informed. As reported in last week's issue of InvestmentNews, investments based on...

New IRA targets socially conscious millennial savers

March 9, 2016

Digital investment firm Aspiration has launched a new IRA with a $500 account minimum that's targeted to millennials who want their money invested in companies dedicated to sustainability. "This has historically been only available to the wealthiest...

Socially responsible investing is coming of age

March 6, 2016

Fueled by younger investors, women, and growing political support, investing based on social and environmental ideals is gaining momentum. Even if it doesn't quite feel like a mainstream concept yet, it's here and it's expanding rapidly. In...

Morningstar's sustainability effort kicks off with ESG scores on 20,000 funds

March 1, 2016

Morningstar Inc. on Tuesday morning rolled out its first batch of mutual funds scored with sustainable-investing grades related to social, environmental and corporate governance screens applied to the underlying securities in each fund. The...

Warming up to ESG funds in 401(k)s

January 24, 2016

Environmental and social investment causes, once the near-exclusive province of hippies and tree-huggers, have migrated deep into the mainstream of investing, yet such strategies are rarely seen as options on employer-sponsored retirement plans....

What we'll remember about the markets in 2015

December 29, 2015

Reflecting on 2015, I'm inclined to dub it the year of “It's about time.” After years of taunting and teasing, the Federal Reserve finally pulled the trigger in December with the most hyped 25-basis-point interest-rate hike in history, leading...

Manager of a fake hedge fund faces real prison time

December 7, 2015

A security guard/waiter/travel agent posing as a hedge fund manager has been convicted of stealing more than $800,000 from 17 investors. He will likely need time off from his other jobs to serve up to 20 years in prison. Moazzam Ifzal Malik...

DOL supports ESG fund use in 401(k) plans

October 22, 2015

The Labor Department wants to make it easier for 401(k) plans to use environmental, social and governance funds by issuing new guidance meant to boost plan fiduciaries' consideration of such funds. Fiduciaries had been wary of introducing ESG...

Gender-focused investment strategy skips over common sense

October 14, 2015

We can agree that gender equality in both politics and the asset management industry is getting closer attention, but that doesn't mean you can just throw anything against the wall and see if it sticks. But that appears to be the case with a...

Morningstar shines an ESG light on all mutual funds and ETFs

August 14, 2015

Morningstar Inc. will be doing its part to inform investors on environmental, social and governance causes across the investment landscape by attaching impact scores to all mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. The scores, which will be calculated...

Climate change could impact client portfolios

July 31, 2015

Advisers might want to begin talking to their clients about the investment risk of climate change before the international conference on climate in Paris in December starts generating headlines. Large institutional investors overwhelmingly incorporate...

'Terror-free' investing proves winning strategy for Patriot Fund

July 30, 2015

While Washington politicians bicker over the status of economic sanctions against Iran, Mark Langerman is quietly holding firm that U.S. companies doing business with that country are still bad bets. The managing director of Empowerment Financial...

Goldman Sachs makes ESG bet with acquisition of asset manager Imprint Capital

July 14, 2015

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. agreed to buy Imprint Capital Advisors, an asset-management firm that advises clients on investing based on their environmental, social and governance views. The bank expects to complete the deal in the next few months,...

Merrill Lynch adds social impact portfolios to platform

June 15, 2015

Bank of America Merrill Lynch has expanded its lineup of social impact investing offerings, creating new portfolios for clients who want to align their assets with their values. The firm's platform now includes five of these portfolios made...

Older investors opening up to socially conscious investing

May 14, 2015

Younger investors have long been interested in socially conscious investing, but a new report from Spectrem Group indicates that older investors — loath to “throw away” money — are starting to turn to funds that espouse a cause, as long...

Options to invest in innovative technologies that address water shortages are limited

April 19, 2015

It only takes a single image of cracked and dusty ground somewhere in California to appreciate the reality of water as a limited resource. Given that, you might expect the greatest minds in technology, engineering, innovation and government...

Why it's time to believe the hype behind ESG investing

April 8, 2015

Environmental, social and corporate governance investing — or ESG — has been frequently discussed over the years, often as the next big investing fad. This time, though, it's more than just talk. Each day, more investors are coming to believe...

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