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Fidelity, Dynasty back new tech-powered ESG asset manager

July 18, 2019

Ethic, an asset manager that uses technology to build custom sustainable investing portfolios for advisers, now has the backing of Fidelity Investments and Dynasty Financial Partners. Fidelity was part of $13 million round of funding, led by...

ESG funds hitting their stride with record-level inflows

July 12, 2019

Sustainable investing strategies have suddenly become the magic bullet for mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. The latest data from Morningstar Inc. show funds that focus on environmental, social and governance issues attracted $8.9 billion...

Surging demand turns solar panels into the hottest summer investment

July 10, 2019

Investments in solar energy have been shining brightly this year, and it's not just the summer heat wave that's pushing these stocks and funds to double- and triple-digit gains. The 56.6% surge from the start of the year in the $390 million...

World bond index adds climate-risk screen

July 9, 2019

For the first time ever, the sovereign debt issued by the world's developed nations is being indexed according to each country's climate-risk factors. The FTSE Climate Risk-Adjusted World Government Bond Index is the latest example of the expanding...

4 things to look for when picking an ESG manager

June 19, 2019

Environmental, social and governance investment strategies continued to enjoy a significant increase in assets, rising $8.7 trillion in just two years to $12 trillion in the U.S. alone, according to a 2018 report from the US SIF Foundation....

Robo offers SRI portfolios supporting racial justice

June 6, 2019

OpenInvest, a digital advice startup focused on impact investing, is introducing a new spin on socially responsible investing by building portfolios consisting only of companies committed to racial justice, both in the workforce and among executive...

ETFs now used by 88% of advisers, FPA survey finds

June 4, 2019

For the fifth year in a row, exchange-traded funds remain the most popular of 22 investment options in a survey of financial advisers by the Financial Planning Association. Currently, 88% of advisers surveyed currently use or recommend ETFs....

Movie director's family office looks at investments through an ESG lens

June 3, 2019

James Cameron has thrived on disaster and dystopia over his 40-year career. But when it comes to personal investing, the Hollywood director is betting on a better future. Mr. Cameron, whose films have grossed about $6 billion worldwide, and...

Investors worldwide support ESG investing, but still want performance

May 16, 2019

Worldwide investor demand for environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing is strong, according to a survey conducted by Natixis Investment Management, with 76% of individual investors globally and 71% of U.S. investors saying it is...

Fidelity launches fund focused on female leadership

May 8, 2019

Fidelity Investments has started a mutual fund that invests in companies with a high percentage of women in leadership positions. The actively managed Women's Leadership Fund was launched on Wednesday, according to a statement from Boston-based...

Cost of passive ESG investments falling

April 25, 2019

Despite steady growth in assets and net flows into environmental, social and governance investing, many advisers still believe ESG funds underperform traditional products. But objective evidence shows differently, according to Jon Hale, head...

Finra reminds brokerages of a client's right to a straight answer

April 20, 2019

A regulatory notice issued earlier this month by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. told member firms that they must "communicate clearly, and without obfuscation," when the brokerage firms or its managers are asked questions by...

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...

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...

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