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A digital twist on investing in rare collectibles

April 12, 2019

Investors often turn toward luxury collectibles like expensive cars and paintings as alternative investments. But owning physical assets doesn't always make sense, even for the ultra-wealthy. A car-loving billionaire, for instance, may be looking...

There are big benefits to investing in family-controlled businesses

April 12, 2019

Investing in family-controlled businesses requires a good amount of patience and a measure of faith, but the benefits are hard to ignore. Exactly what constitutes a family-controlled business varies, but a general definition is one in which...

Socially responsible investments reach $30.7 trillion

April 1, 2019

Global socially responsible investments grew by 34% to $30.7 trillion over the past two years, lifted by Japanese pension funds, retail investors everywhere and broad, growing concern about climate change. Europe remains the biggest region for...

Don't write off ESG investments out of habit — the demand is real

March 23, 2019

Opportunities in the financial services industry rarely look as inviting as the current market for investments focused on environmental, social and corporate governance factors. At around $12 trillion, which is up 38% from two years ago, ESG...

Giving advisers ESG insight so they can grow

March 20, 2019

Whether it's due to reports of heat waves or polar vortexes, or the realization that businesses that are good stewards of the earth also tend to be responsible with investors' capital, the demand for socially conscious investment products has...

ESG options scarce in 401(k) plans

March 16, 2019

By virtually any measure, the demand for socially conscious investment products has never been greater. Thanks in large part to support from women and young investors, investment strategies that focus on environmental, social and governance...

529 plans also miss the boat when it comes to ESG

March 16, 2019

If​ ever there was a market ripe for ESG investments, it would seem to be the 529 college savings program, which turns 20 this year. Even though most contributors to college savings plans are young parents who tend to be more conscious of...

ESG funds have never been cheaper as Vanguard sets off fee war

March 15, 2019

The price war has come to socially conscious investing. BlackRock Inc., Vanguard Group and Deutsche Bank's DWS Group have slashed fees for exchange-traded funds that track companies performing well on environmental, social and governance criteria....

Lipper plans ESG scoring system for mutual funds

March 12, 2019

In the latest acknowledgment by the financial services industry of a more socially conscious investor universe, Lipper plans to roll out a system for grading mutual funds based on social, environmental and corporate governance parameters. The...

The death of the fund — and what comes next

January 28, 2019

Mutual funds and ETFs are dead. In the next few years, the entire rationale for investing via funds will dissolve. Advances in technology have transformed industry cost structures. Absent the need to pool assets for volume discounts, advisers...

Advisers not sold on ESG fund strategies

January 25, 2019

Even a boom in exchange-traded funds touting their environmental, social and governance credentials isn't enough to convince investors to buy these strategies. A new report from Cerulli Associates, a Boston-based research and consulting company,...

How we fight climate change matters

December 13, 2018

Sustainable and impact investors are set to intensify their decades-long support for action on climate change on the heels of a recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Fourth National Climate Assessment, issued...

Female advisers more likely to consider ESG investing strategies

November 19, 2018

A recent study conducted by InvestmentNews Research and sponsored by Calvert Research and Management measured financial advisers' perceptions of environmental, social and corporate governance investing. Among other trends, the study, "From Upstream...

Money in donor-advised funds can make impact before distribution

November 15, 2018

Charitable investors who set up donor-advised funds to ultimately give the proceeds to specific issues, like gender-based causes or environmental protection, may be surprised to find their money sitting in the fund actually works against their...

Use of sustainable-investing strategies in U.S. assets increases 38%

October 31, 2018

More than a quarter of U.S. assets under professional management used sustainable-investing strategies as of the beginning of 2018, a 38% increase from two years earlier, according to a new report. Sustainable, responsible or impact-investments...

Demand for ESG investing is knocking at your door ... or should be

October 29, 2018

Financial advisers don't need to worry about defining socially responsible investing as much as they need to focus on making sure they can describe the concept overall, help clients with investment choices, and why clients might be interested,...

Investing to sustain innovation

October 23, 2018

Do we invest enough in creativity? The question may seem absurd in an era dominated by the "knowledge economy," in which companies create value through ingenuity and expertise, while many of the most important emerging product lines enable the...

First-of-its-kind certification introduced for SRI investing

October 10, 2018

The College for Financial Planning has partnered with US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment to introduce the first certification for sustainable, responsible and impact investing. The "Chartered SRI Counselor" designation,...

Fix boomers' ESG dilemma with bonds

October 8, 2018

When it comes to ESG investing, Wall Street's product development boom has produced an abundance of ESG equity funds suitable for many investors with the risk tolerance for equities. This may work for millennials, but what are Baby Boomers or...

New State Street tool helps advisers determine if clients want ESG investing

October 2, 2018

State Street Global Advisors has a new digital tool that gauges a client's potential interest in environmental, social and governance investment strategies. The asset manager hopes its Values Discovery Tool will address what it says is a gap...

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