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50% spike in advisers allocating to cryptocurrency in 2020: Report

The murky track record behind cryptocurrency has kept some skeptical, but both advisers and investors are showing growing interest in the asset class. The popular digital asset, Bitcoin, recent record-breaking rally has slowed, with prices set to finish this week just below $40,000, according to Bloomberg.

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Is it high time to invest in cannabis?

The tight group of marijuana ETFs are up between 28% and 55% in January, anticipating federal approval. For financial advisers and investors, instead of just jumping headlong into cannabis investing, the challenge is traversing a sector that is in limbo.

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ESG investors balance financial and impact performance

New research from the Global Impact Investing Network reveals the multifaceted drivers behind impact investing, as investors balance financial and impact performance. Contrary to what some might assume, financial performance is often the top priority, said Amit Bouri, CEO of GIIN.

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Three issues set to motivate ESG investors in 2021

Pandemic recovery, systemic racism and climate are likely to be the top priorities of socially responsible investors this year, according to Boston Common Asset Management.

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An old bond strategy is new again — and it’s good as gold

A fledgling operation is hoping to turn back the clock by introducing gold bonds that are purchased and repaid with actual gold, a common practice about 90 years ago before FDR’s Gold Reserve Act put the kibosh on all the fun.

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Blue wave unleashes demand for clean-energy ETFs

More than $1 billion poured into a pair of clean-energy exchange traded funds last week as the as the Democratic wins in the Georgia runoff increased the odds that President-elect Joe Biden’s energy policies will come to fruition.

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Pandemic helped push global ESG bond market to record

Sustainable debt market grew in 2020 to $732 billion, an increase of 29%, thanks to social bond issuance.

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Strong run for small-cap stocks is just getting started

Small-cap stocks, which tend to be more cyclical and more volatile, have eclipsed the performance of the stocks of larger companies by most measures over the past nine months. Progress on a COVID vaccine and the reopening of the economy bodes well for more big gains by small-cap funds this year.

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Buffered ETFs add ‘guard rails’ to uneasy equity market

There are now five companies offering downside protection through buffered ETFs, and two more firms with products in the filing stages

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ESG issues in focus for 2021

Energy, diversity, climate and compensation among the top concerns for socially responsible investors