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Organizations urge Obama to push corporate responsibility

February 8, 2009

Led by the Social Investment Forum, more than 50 organizations are calling on President Obama to establish an Office of Innovation in Corporate Responsibility within the White House. In a Jan. 29 letter to the president, the groups called for...

Assets in Shariah-compliant funds fall

January 7, 2009

Mutual funds and discretionary assets that comply with Shariah, or Islamic law, fell to $65 billion at the end of the third quarter, a figure well below the hundreds of billions of dollars typically associated with the market, according to research...

RECESSION MAY STYMIE GREEN INVESTING

January 4, 2009

Although political sentiment is warming to environmentally sensitive policies, the green movement may not be ready for a boom in investing in 2009. Some observers question the viability of green industries, and financial advisers are waiting...

Catholic values fund fires back at N.Y. Times

December 24, 2008

Ave Maria Mutual Funds in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. is firing back at The New York Times editorial board’s recent attack on the investment strategy applied by the Catholic values fund family. The Dec. 18 editorial chided the fund family’s investment...

Pax to launch socially conscious ETFs

December 22, 2008

Pax World Funds plans to launch what it says are the first socially conscious exchange traded funds. Pax, based in Portsmouth, N.H., plans to list three ETFs on NYSE Arca, a division of New York-based NYSE Euronext, according to a Securities...

Envestnet revs up socially conscious practices

December 1, 2008

Envestnet Asset Management today announced enhancements to its sustainability platform in response to a growing interest in socially conscious investing, which accounts for one in every nine dollars under portfolio management in the United States....

Obama's sustainable-energy ideas give hope to some fund managers

November 30, 2008

The election of Barack Obama has given a new "green" light to environmental investing, and financial advisers are taking notice. During his campaign, Mr. Obama unveiled an aggressive energy plan aimed at decreasing America's dependence on foreign...

Socially conscious funds on a roll

November 26, 2008

Socially conscious funds are one of the highest growth areas of the mutual fund industry and have outperformed their peers in recent time periods, according to a study released today by New York-based Lipper Inc. Since 2001, assets in socially...

UBS Investments unveils donor-advised fund

November 25, 2008

UBS Investments of New York today launched its first donor-advised fund program. The UBS Donor Advised Fund is being offered in partnership with the National Philanthropic Trust, a national public charity and service provider for donor-advised...

Firms join to make socially conscious indexes

October 28, 2008

KLD Research & Analytics Inc. and FTSE Group today announced a strategic partnership designed to offer a comprehensive offering of environmental, social and governance research and indexes. Under the partnership, London-based FTSE will collaborate...

Congressional caucus asks funds to divest in Sudan

September 22, 2008

The Congressional Human Rights Caucus is pressuring mutual fund companies voluntarily to divest their holdings in companies that do business in Sudan. Under U.S. law, it is legal for asset management firms to invest in foreign companies that...

Henderson launches Future Fund

September 2, 2008

Henderson Global Investors, the Hartford, Conn.-based unit of Henderson Global Investors Ltd. of London, has launched the Henderson Industries of the Future Fund. The mutual fund seeks to invest in companies that contribute to an “environmentally...

Carbon trading set to expand in U.S.

September 1, 2008

With a shot at becoming a $1 trillion market in little more than a decade, carbon trading is poised to take a major step forward in the United States. What is for sale are carbon allowances, intangible credits allotted to big companies that...

Going green isn't easy, advisers and investors say

August 18, 2008

There are many shades of green — and there are many varieties of green funds. And while fund companies are jumping on the environmentally conscious bandwagon, some financial advisers and investors are cautious about whether the funds are really...

Pax socially irresponsible, SEC says

July 30, 2008

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Pax World Management Corp. with violating investment restrictions in socially conscious mutual funds. Neither admitting nor denying the SEC’s findings, the Portsmouth, N.H.-based fund manager...

Fund industry lobs proxy counterpunch

July 21, 2008

Stung by media and union criticism that their proxy votes are in the pockets of corporate management, the mutual fund industry is fighting back. "Funds are not approaching these issues monolithically," Investment Company Institute president...

Study: Financial services firms are going green

June 23, 2008

In a move that likely will make environmentalist and actor Ed Begley Jr. proud, financial services firms are taking steps to make their offices green. In a recent survey of 124 financial services firm executives, 54 at firms planning to build...

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...

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