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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...

How to get investors excited about ESG ETFs

September 18, 2018

Let's be honest: Exchange-traded funds that focus on environmental, social and governance have been a giant dud. They only have about $6 billion in assets, or just 0.2% of all money invested in ETFs, despite to-die-for PR that eludes most categories....

InvestmentNews debuts impact investing documentary at the UN

September 11, 2018

As women and millennials lead the charge on impact investing, financial advisers are learning how to have conversations with clients on the subject. InvestmentNews debuted a documentary short at the 2018 Sustainable Investing Conference at the...

TD Ameritrade adds socially aware portfolios to retail robo adviser

September 7, 2018

TD Ameritrade is adding five new "socially aware" portfolios to Essential Portfolios, the company's retail robo-adviser. The portfolios will offer ETFs with environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors, as assessed by the Morgan Stanley...

As ESG investments boom, asset managers seek out fixed-income options

August 30, 2018

Wall Street's do-good investment boom is finally taking notice of the credit markets. Sustainable investment assets grew 37% last year, according to Bloomberg data, but the majority of those funds focus on stocks. That's leading to some awkward...

Understanding client values builds deeper relationships

August 21, 2018

Often when advisers meet with clients or prospects, they spend the majority of the time discussing portfolio construction, risk-adjusted rates of return and other minutiae that make the average person's eyes glaze over. Since technology has...

Active money management isn't going to disappear

August 13, 2018

There's a line of argument in the financial press that suggests that active money management is dying, a victim of high fees and underperformance versus low-cost indexing that captures average market returns. News flash: This is anything but...

3 ways advisers should prepare for ESG conversations with 401(k) clients

August 2, 2018

Retirement plan advisers likely won't know when environmental, social and governance investing — also known as sustainable investing and impact investing — factors will be of interest to clients. That's why they need to develop a plan in...

A new tax break for impact investing has arrived

July 30, 2018

Financial advisers have a new way to deliver impact investing to wealthy clients — one that comes with substantial tax benefits — courtesy of a fledgling federal tax law. The law created a way to invest in "qualified opportunity zones,"...

Adviser education key to solving 'ESG paradox'

July 21, 2018

Call it the "ESG paradox." About 80% of advisers report that clients bring up environmental, social and governance factors in investment conversations, according to research from InvestmentNews. But despite the investor interest, only about...

How advice is changing

July 21, 2018

Adviser use of exchange-traded funds continues to rise, as does their interest in investments that take environmental, social and governance factors into consideration. Various surveys over the last couple decades bear out this trend. Two decades...

Philanthropy a growing part of advisory relationship

July 19, 2018

More advisers and their high-net-worth clients are discussing philanthropy these days, but clients are less motivated by the tax benefits of giving than advisers believe, according to a study by U.S. Trust. The survey found that a higher proportion...

Facebook data privacy issue already identified by ESG investment screens

July 13, 2018

Shortly after it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica collected data on Facebook users during the 2016 election campaign, Domini Impact Investments, a registered investment advisory firm that specializes in responsible investing, decided to...

Vanguard files for two ETFs with ESG focus

June 27, 2018

Vanguard filed a preliminary registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for two exchange-traded funds to complement its existing environmental, social and governance (ESG) mutual fund. The two new funds, the Vanguard...

Advisers still think ESG strategies underperform

June 25, 2018

Despite mounting evidence to the contrary, performance worries still keep advisers from implementing investment strategies that take into account environmental, social and governance concerns. A study released Monday by Cerulli Associates found...

BlackRock, Wells Fargo reportedly preparing ESG funds for 401(k) plans

June 13, 2018

Doing good and saving for retirement may soon get easier. BlackRock Inc. and Wells Fargo & Co. are developing their first-ever ESG funds for retirement savings plans, seeking to tap into growing demand for ethical investing. Both firms plan...

Family foundations beginning to shame public companies to invest more in ESG causes

April 12, 2018

John D. Rockefeller founded Standard Oil Co., and as a result was the richest person on the planet when he died in 1937. Yet, some of his 200-plus living descendants have embarked on a mission to challenge Standard Oil offspring Exxon Mobil...

Pacer rolls out ETF that invests in veteran-friendly employers

April 10, 2018

Pacer ETFs has launched an exchange-traded fund that invests in companies with the best hiring records for veterans — a first for environmental, social and governance funds. The Pacer Military Times Best Employers ETF (VETS) selects publicly...

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