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Socially conscious investing blossoms with DOL's blessing

June 23, 2008

Ten years after the Department of Labor gave its blessing to socially conscious investments in defined contribution plans, the area finally has come of age. Some $1.88 trillion in assets were held in socially screened separate accounts managed...

Fidelity declines to divest from Sudan

June 19, 2008

Fidelity Investments of Boston said yesterday the firm would not divest from companies that do business in Sudan. The fund firm issued a statement at a shareholders’ meeting in Boston at which the nonprofit advocacy group, Investors Against...

Activists hail data as reason to avoid Sudan-linked firms

June 9, 2008

Activist groups urging fund firms to divest from companies doing business in Sudan are finding evidence that stocks of some of the companies have delivered lower returns than some of their peers that have no connection to the country. The Sudan...

Advisers, investors put faith in Catholic funds

May 12, 2008

The market may be drifting, but many of America's 60 million Roman Catholics are sure of the investment path they have chosen: mutual funds guided by Catholic ethical and moral principles. Ave Maria Mutual Funds, which invests according to these...

More firms do good

April 28, 2008

A growing number of businesses are finding that they can do well by doing good. That is the conclusion of a report on corporate social responsibility issued this month by two researchers from Southern Methodist University's Cox School of Business...

Educate clients on new socially conscious offerings

April 21, 2008

Tools designed to help investors avoid investments in countries that sponsor terrorism or genocide, or that violate the human rights of their citizens, are the latest offerings from financial services firms. These tools include exchange traded...

Advisers skeptical about screening companies for terrorist links

April 14, 2008

Screening companies for their ties to countries deemed sponsors of terror is a concept that seems to intrigue investors. But whether a company's ranking on a "terror-free" scale will influence an individual investor's portfolio decision-making...

Sentinel launches two do-good mutual funds

April 14, 2008

Expanding into what some industry observers see as a significant growth area, Sentinel Asset Management Inc. last week launched two funds focused on socially conscious investing. The funds mark the 75-year-old Montpelier, Vt., firm's first foray...

Carbon emissions trading becomes hot

March 31, 2008

The fight against global warming is making carbon emissions the hot new commodity. According to a February report from New Carbon Finance, a research provider for global carbon markets based in London, the United States could have a $1 trillion...

'Terror free' index to debut

March 26, 2008

The FTSE Group and Conflict Securities Advisory Group, Inc. have teamed up to roll out a Terror-Free Index Series. The FTSE CSAG Terror-Free Index Series will be issued to institutional investors on March 31 and is expected to be available on...

Don't count out clean-energy stocks, some say

March 10, 2008

The big hit clean-energy stocks have taken this year is just an expected correction, not the end of a fad, green-investing advocates say. A correction wasn't surprising, since the clean-energy sector got ahead of itself, they contend. Last year,...

Assets jump 18% in socially conscious investments

March 10, 2008

A growing desire among investors to align their portfolios with their personal and political beliefs is transforming the financial services landscape and creating opportunities and challenges for financial advisers. "I have to admit, the recent...

Ignoring risk of climate change could put companies in hot water

February 25, 2008

After a sputtering start, the green revolution appears to be steadily making its way into corporate boardrooms. An increasing number of businesses are conducting annual surveys of carbon dioxide footprints. Some are filing CO2 inventories with...

Activists push 'genocide-free investing' resolution

February 18, 2008

An organization advocating divestment from companies that support the economies in countries perpetrating genocide won an initial victory in bringing their cause to the fund boards of more than two dozen Fidelity funds. Investors Against Genocide...

Envestnet to unveil socially conscious platform

February 18, 2008

A platform will be launched next month offering what is being touted as the first socially conscious and sustainable-investing account in the financial services industry. Envestnet Asset Management of Chicago will offer mutual funds and exchange...

Showing a little faith

February 11, 2008

People are no longer content to merely walk with God. They want to invest with him, too. That is the reason why IW Financial has created two indexes founded on faith-based investment principles. "The entire space of investors interested in applying...

Investors see the green in 'going green,' survey finds

January 21, 2008

Investors are becoming interested in environmentally aware companies from an economic rather than a socially conscious perspective, and many are turning to their financial advisers for help in going green. That's one of the highlights of a survey...

Dow Jones Dharma aims for good karma

January 15, 2008

Dow Jones Indexes and Dharma Investment Group have launched the Dow Jones Dharma Indexes, which measure the performance of companies selected according to the values and principles of Dharmic religions, such as Hinduism and Buddhism. The Dow...

Pax fund focuses on firms that empower women

January 7, 2008

A woman's place is in the House and Senate, said the late feminist and congresswoman Bella Abzug. Today, include the marketplace as well. "We are living in a time when people are beginning to realize that gender inequality holds back economies,...

Community investment goes mainstream

January 7, 2008

Investing in disadvantaged communities is going mainstream, with a variety of investment vehicles springing up. A subset of socially conscious investing, community investment "directs capital from investors and lenders to communities that are...

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