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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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