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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...

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...

Advisers seen as key to success of 'impact investing'

October 31, 2010

The expanding universe of socially conscious investments is beginning to coalesce under one umbrella: “impact investing.” Financial advisers are the key to this market, according to a study on this trend. New infrastructure and platforms...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

Community investment goes mainstream

January 7, 2008

Investing in disadvantaged communities is going mainstream, with a variety of investment vehicles springing up. A subset of socially conscious investing, community investment "directs capital from investors and lenders to communities that are...

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...

TIAA launches robo-adviser with access to SRI funds

June 6, 2017

TIAA introduced a robo-advice offering on Tuesday that includes a broader range of investment choices than most other digital advice platforms. The 100-year-old firm, with $938 billion in assets under management, is most known for providing...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Planting the sustainable-investing seed

June 10, 2012

This is no fad but an essential part of business performance and competitiveness There has been a recent uptick in interest in investments that are green and sustainable. Unfortunately, the investment world’s attention to this market has been...

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...

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...

Former hedge funder seeks to improve ESG investing

August 28, 2018

It's an age-old investing question. Can you do good and do well at the same time? Ethan Powell is on a mission to prove that you can. The 43-year-old former hedge funder is using his non-profit finance firm, Impact Shares Corp., to create a...

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...

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